WASHINGTON—U.S. and Saudi navy forces and their elaborate air-protection programs failed to detect the launch of airstrikes aimed at Saudi Arabian oil facilities, permitting dozens of drones and missiles to strike their targets, U.S. officers mentioned.

Saudi and U.S. focus had been largely on the kingdom’s southern border with Yemen, where by Riyadh has been preventing Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen’s civil war, the officers claimed. The assaults, however, originated from Iranian territory in the northern Persian Gulf, folks familiar…



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