The Russian Defence ministry said that a U.S. Predator drone was in the area where a U.N. Aid convoy was partially destroyed in Syria this week and had appeared on the scene minutes before the incident. Major-general Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for the ministry, said the drone had taken off from the Incirlik air base in turkey which is used by the u.s. To launch attacks against the is, and arrived in the area a few minutes before the convoy had caught fire and left about 30 minutes later. He noted that such drones were armed with air-to-ground missiles. Russian planes were not in the area at the time and had not made any air strikes there, he said, saying Moscow had informed the united states of that the same evening as the incident took place.