US missile landed harmlessly in Lake Huron after missing 'object': U.S. general

NATO defence ministers' meeting in Brussels
U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark A. Milley and U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin climb down a staircase ahead of a news conference on the day of the NATO defence ministers' meeting at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, February 14, 2023. REUTERS/Johanna Geron

BRUSSELS, Feb 14 (Reuters) - The first of two missiles fired from an F-16 fighter jet at an unidentified object over Lake Huron on Sunday missed the object, but landed harmlessly in the water, the top U.S. general, Mark Milley, said on Tuesday.

"We certainly tracked it all the way down," Milley told reporters at a news conference in Brussels.

Reuters reported on Monday that the first of the two missiles had missed the object, one of three unidentified objects shot down by U.S. fighter jets over U.S. and Canadian airspace between Friday and Sunday. Recovery efforts are underway to identify them, and Milley cautioned that those will take some time.

Reporting by Andrew Gray and Sabine Siebold in Brussels, Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali in Washington

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