An attack on a US military outpost in Syria shows that the American advantage in unmanned weapons is receding

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25 October, 2021, 01:30 pm

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For the first 15 years of the US war on terror, one of America’s greatest advantages was the killer drone. With names like “predator” and “reaper”, these unmanned aerial vehicles delivered deadly strikes from the sky against suspected terrorists with no risk of a human pilot being shot down.

Things began to change during President Barack Obama’s final year in office. Houthi rebels in Yemen began using crude drones, whose parts were supplied by Iran, against Saudi Arabia. Unlike their US counterparts, these low-budget drones…