Global Affairs: Drones and the new era of warfare in the Middle East

Attacks on Saudi oil facilities highlight new threats to US air supremacy, as well as the difficulty of America turning its back on Middle East politics

The explosions lasted not more than a minute and, although the noise was deafening and the dark plumes of smoke lingered, no human casualties were registered.

Still, the impact of the recent attacks against Saudi Arabia's oil installations is certain to prove long-lasting. For they serve as evidence of how the face of war is changing in profound and disturbing ways.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 23, 2019, with the headline 'Drones and the new era of warfare in the Middle East'. Print Edition | Subscribe