The Biden administration said Saturday that it was actively monitoring an airborne object over Canada shortly before Canada announced it had been shot down by the U.S. military.
NORAD confirmed in a statement to Fox News Digital on Saturday afternoon it had identified a “high-altitude airborne object” over Northern Canada.
“Military aircraft are currently operating from Alaska and Canada in support of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) activities,” the statement said. “NORAD confirms that we have positively identified a high-altitude airborne object over Northern Canada.”
“While we cannot discuss specifics related to these activities at this time, please note that NORAD conducts sustained, dispersed operations in the defense of North America through one or all three NORAD regions,” the statement said.
A spokesperson for NORAD told Fox News Digital it is monitoring “one unidentified airborne object over Northern Canada” but would not provide more details on a specific location or country of origin.
Shortly afterwards, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the object had been shot down.
“I ordered the take down of an unidentified object that violated Canadian airspace,” Trudeau tweeted. “@NoradCommand shot down the object over the Yukon. Canadian and U.S. aircraft were scrambled, and a U.S. F-22 successfully fired at the object.”
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