Iran’s attacks are finally shining a spotlight on its deadly drones

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Iran’s attacks are finally shining a spotlight on its deadly drones
The Iranian attack on a ship off the coast of Oman has had the effect of highlighting Iran’s use of deadly kamikaze drones.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
AUGUST 5, 2021

The Iranian attack on a ship off the coast of Oman shone a spotlight on Iran’s use of suicide drones and the Islamic Republic's UAV program has been singled out by Israel and the US in statements this week. This is more important than it may appear, because Iran has quietly built up a drone army over the last few years and has been sending drones and drone technology to Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. Iranian drone parts have also been flooding the region for years and are now used in attacks by Hamas against Israel, the Houthis against Saudi Arabia, Kataib Hezbollah against US forces in Iraq, in Syria against ISIS, in Iraq against Kurds, and in Syria against Israel.

Iran is a regional drone power but this often goes under reported because Iran uses them sparingly and is mostly in the business of bragging about its drone abilities and it "outsources" attacks to proxies and partners. The drone is a good weapon for plausible deniability because it is hard to know where it came from or who operated it. You may not have a radar that tells you where it took off and you won’t necessarily have visuals. So it is a perfect weapon for Iran’s model of policy mafia-like behavior in the region.

more............. https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/i...nging-a-spotlight-on-its-deadly-drones-675919
 
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