US official: Iran tested a suicide drone against a vessel in the Gulf

Israel National News reports: “Iran tested a suicide drone against a practice vessel in the Gulf and fired one other missile or drone without warning ships in the area, a US official in the region said on Thursday, according to the Reuters news agency.

The one-way drone was launched on Wednesday from the Jask area of Iran 8-9 miles out to sea – within Iran’s territorial waters – against a practice barge, the official said, citing US intelligence data.

‘Essentially practicing hitting merchant vessels. That’s the only reason why you would do that in the Gulf of Oman,’ the official was quoted as having said.

Iranian officials were not available to comment.

The United States has accused Iran of being behind a number of attacks since 2019 against merchant vessels in strategic Gulf waters…”

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