Iran Strikes Again: Iranian-Linked Rebel Group Used Drone with Bomb to Attack Saudi Airport and Military Base

  • Yemeni Houthi rebels, an Iranian-linked group, used a drone armed with a bomb to attack a Saudi military base and airport, but there were no reported deaths or damage.
  • The bomb attack occurred after Iran declared “it has quadrupled its uranium-enrichment production capacity, though still at a level far lower than needed for atomic weapons,” approximately a year after the U.S. pulled back from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
  • In response to President Trump’s punitive sanctions, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is looking at ways to deal with what he calls an “economic war” against his country by the U.S.
  • On Tuesday, Rouhani said: “A person or a nation might be under pressure, but the Iranian nation will not bow to bullies.”
  • Iran has given its European partners in the nuclear agreement a July 7 deadline to come up with new terms or the country will “enrich closer to weapons-grade levels.”
  • Responding to perceived threats from Iran, the U.S. has already launched aircraft carriers and sent bombers to the region.
  • When four oil tankers were sabotaged in the UAE earlier this month, the U.S. blamed Iran, but Iran denied the attack.

Reference Links

  • AP: Bomb-laden drone from Yemen rebels targets Saudi airport READ
  • ABC: Yemen’s Houthi rebels target Saudi Arabian city with drone READ
  • Fox: Yemen rebels say drone hits arms depot at Saudi airport READ

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