Tensions are rising in the Middle East as the US considers whether to send a surge of up to 14,000 troops to the region to threaten Iran, who is now reportedly using ‘Suicide Drones’ to surveil U.S. troop positions.
As Foreign Policy reports:
Long-simmering tensions between Washington and Tehran are escalating, with Iran’s special foreign operations force using so-called “suicide drones” near U.S. military personnel in the Middle East in a series of intense provocations, Newsweek has learned.
U.S. forces are taking steps to protect themselves after witnessing an increase of flights of unmannedaerial vehicles or drones. Some are conducting operations involving “C4i,” a term referring to command, control, communications, computers and intelligence, near American positions in the region, according to members of the U.S. military and intelligence community who spoke to Newsweek under condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss matters publicly.
American officials told Newsweek such activity indicates that Iran-friendly regional militias acting at the behest of the Quds Force, the expeditionary arm of the elite Revolutionary Guard, were conducting reconnaissance potentially in preparation for future attacks using suicide drones. Such devices, tested in Iran since at least 2014, could carry explosive payloads across far distances and certain models could be equipped to conduct surveillance as well…
CNN first reported Tuesday on Iran’s apparent movement of personnel and equipment in the past month, activities that indicated a heightened threat in the region. Newsweek has confirmed that such a threat persists and Iran’s actions are ongoing, with a senior Pentagon official saying that U.S. forces have adopted self-defense measures, but have done so discreetly to avoid provoking an escalation themselves.
The aggressive moves from Iran indicate that they are likely planning new, more spectacular attacks against targets in the region. Targets which could potentially even include U.S. forces in the region, making the prospect of a major war between the U.S. and Iran increasingly more likely.