The world is waking up to Iran’s drone threat

Drones are seen during a large-scale drone combat exercise of Army of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in Semnan, Iran January 4, 2021. Picture taken January 4, 2021 (photo credit: IRANIAN ARMY/WANA/REUTERS)
Drones are seen during a large-scale drone combat exercise of Army of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in Semnan, Iran January 4, 2021. Picture taken January 4, 2021
(photo credit: IRANIAN ARMY/WANA/REUTERS)

Iranian drones are an emerging threat to the Middle East. In 2019, Iran used a combination of drones and cruise missiles to attack the giant Abqaiq oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia, using precision strikes to send a message that Iran’s drones could not strike at will across the region and destabilize economies and countries.

Now Iran’s drones are again in the spotlight after reports at The Wall Street Journal, Fox News and other media. The WSJ article noted that Iran’s drones are reshaping the security situation in the region. It references the July attack on a tanker in the Gulf of Oman that killed two crew members. It also noted that Iran has trafficked drone technology to Hamas in Gaza. In its May war with Israel, Hamas used Iranian-style drones for the first time.

The Fox News report looks at reports by Iranian dissidents that Iran will use drones to destabilize the region. A third report at The National Interest notes that Iran might target the Al-Harir base in northern Iraq’s Kurdistan region where US forces are allegedly present. The report also mentions Iranian attacks on dissident groups in the Kurdistan region. Iran has used drones to target US forces in Erbil and also to target dissidents.

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Source: Jerusalem Post