INSIGHT: Drone used in fatal attack off Oman was Iranian

As the fallout persists over the fatal airborne attack on the M/T Mercer Street off the coast of Oman in late-July, attention has turned to examining the motivations and potential perpetrators behind the incident, with Iranian political and military forces potentially implicated.

A US Central Command report published on August 6 provided the first indication of the origin of the attack, concluding that Iranian-made explosive unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) had been used in the incident, targeting the commercial vessel in two unsuccessful attacks on the evening of July 29, with one drone impacting the sea near the vessel.

Iranian UAV tail fin
Several pieces of wreckage from attacks on July 19 were recovered by the crew of the M/T Mercer Street, with US, UK and Israeli experts concluding they were produced by Iran. US Central Command

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