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Drone Attack on Saudi Oil Field Seen as Realizing Worst Fears

  • Inexpensive devices give terrorists new power to evade defense
  • Rebel group claims it sent 10 drones in strike on Saudi Arabia
Satellite image showing plumes of smoke from the Abqaiq oil plant following a drone strike.
Satellite image showing plumes of smoke from the Abqaiq oil plant following a drone strike.Source: Planet Labs Inc.
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For many of the national security teams that monitor threats on the U.S., the apparent drone strike Saturday on the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil production facilities was the realization of their worst fears.

Houthi rebels battling Saudi Arabia in Yemen took responsibility for the attack and said they used drones, though U.S. officials have said Iran was behind the attack and that at least some cruise missiles may have been used.