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The New York Times quoted an Iraqi national security official as estimating that Iran’s increasing economic suffering as a result of the sanctions is increasing the frequency of drone attacks in Iraq.
In the past two months, drones loaded with explosives have been used at least three times in late-night attacks on military bases where Americans are located, according to US officials.
Weakened by years of harsh economic sanctions, Iran is “using proxy militias in Iraq” to ramp up pressure on the United States and other world powers to negotiate relief from those sanctions as part of reviving the 2015 nuclear deal, the newspaper noted.
Iraqi and US officials say Iran designed the drone attacks to minimize casualties that could prompt US retaliation.
The newspaper recalled a statement to the US Central Command, General Kenneth McKenzie, told the Associated Press last month that drones posed a serious threat, and that the military was rushing to devise ways to combat them.
And at the end of last month, The Washington Post reported that US military officials in Iraq were increasingly concerned about attacks by Iranian-backed factions using drones to evade defense systems around military bases and diplomatic facilities.
The newspaper quoted military officials and diplomats as saying that the factions tend to use small drones that fly at a height that is too low for the defense systems to catch them.
And it confirmed, quoting an official in the coalition, that the threat of drones has become the biggest concern for coalition forces in Iraq.