If the US does not wake up to the threat, bomb-laden drones will be used in the next 9/11-style terror assault, according to the military chief.
A top military official has warned that if the US does not wake up to the threat, bomb-carrying drones will be responsible for the next 9/11-style terror incident.
A nightmarish scenario involving small drones might “possibly be in play,” according to the military chief, who requested anonymity.
“I’m curious what you could do if you had a couple of small UAS [unmanned aircraft systems]and flew into a crowded stadium,” the American official told Newsweek.
“That has the potential to wreak a lot of damage, and it’s a scenario that might play out.”
Before 9/11, the idea of an aerial strike was only linked with World War II Japanese kamikaze pilots, according to the chief.
And that until the September 11 terror attacks, Tom Clancy’s 1994 thriller “Debt of Honor,” about a hijacked airliner crashing into the US Capitol, was just a made-up story.
“I had no precise understanding before 9/11 that people might hijack planes and smash into buildings,” the US military officer explained, “but Tom Clancy wrote a book about it.”
The person stated that there is “no particular knowledge” of an active threat, but there is fear that “given the proliferation of small, portable drones, explosive drones might produce a mass casualty catastrophe.”
Drones, on the other hand, have gotten cheaper, smarter, and more accessible to terrorist groups in the years since 9/11.
Although drones have catastrophic potential, an Israeli security official highlighted that they are still in their “infancy” and could not duplicate a 9/11-style strike on their own.
“Their navigation capabilities are becoming considerably more accurate,” an Israeli security officer stated.
“I believe what we will see now is that the volume of explosives will increase.”
Dones have matured into a “emerging menace,” according to the military leader, and have already been utilized in high-profile conflict.
Three drones armed with explosives are thought to have targeted the Iraqi Prime Minister’s mansion last weekend in an assassination attempt.
Kadhimi, however, was not the first international leader to be targeted by a drone.
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro was targeted by two drones carrying explosives in 2018, but he managed to escape with his life.
The Houthi, who are backed by Iran, revealed in February that they employed bomb-laden drones to strike a Saudi airport.
Soon after, the Houthis claimed credit for the strike, with military spokesman Yehia Sareai claiming the group employed four bomb-laden drones to attack Abha airport.
“This targeting is in retaliation for the ongoing aerial bombardment and harsh siege on our country,” Sareai explained.
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