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U.S. officials say Iran’s proxies in Iraq used larger and more sophisticated explosive drones to target U.S. bases and personnel, The New York Times reported on June 4.
The low-flying drones have escaped existing defenses and at least three times in the past two months have struck al-Asad air base and other targets. The parts recovered after the explosions show that the drones were made by Iranian parts and were likely used by newly created small groups of well-trained members of the pro-Iran militia in Iraq.
US and Iraqi officials have said the Iranians’ aim in using the new tactic is to pressure the United States to lift the severe economic sanctions imposed by former President Donald Trump that have crippled the Iranian economy. .
However, the new drones were deployed after Trump left and when President Joe Biden announced his intention to revert to the 2015 nuclear deal, the JCPOA, meaning Washington had to lift at least some of the sanctions. Talks to reach an agreement with Iran began in early April and are continuing in Vienna.
The American army, consider the threat serious, rushes to develop ways to combat the new Iranian tactics. Drones, relatively long-range weapons, could potentially pose a threat to other U.S. and allied targets in the region.
Iran has used its proxies to launch 300 attacks against US interests in Iraq since late 2019, but as those attacks accelerated, the US has targeted and killed Tehran’s main operator in the Middle East, General Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad in January 2020.