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Pompeo blames Iran for drone attack on Saudi oil facilities, Senator Graham urges US to strike it

RT | September 14, 2019

A drone attack on Saudi oil facilities claimed by Yemen’s Houthi rebels prompted Washington to blame Tehran, with US warhawk, Senator Lindsey Graham, calling for a strike against Iran.

The smoke from the huge fires at the world’s largest oil processing plant caused by the strike had barely dissipated when officials in Washington jumped at the opportunity to use the occasion to push an anti-Iranian agenda.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Tehran for what he called “an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply” but stopped short of suggesting any retaliatory measures.

Meanwhile Graham was quick to turn to Twitter to call for swift retaliation.

The senator linked the need to stop Iran’s alleged “provocations” to the seemingly ultimate goal of Washington’s policy toward Tehran – regime change – as he said that the Islamic Republic would not stop until the consequences of its “misbehavior” would be “more real, like attacking their refineries, which will break the regime’s back.”

Riyadh denounced the drone strike as a “terrorist attack” but did not immediately name a perpetrator. Houthis claimed responsibility for the Saturday morning assault, which resulted in massive blazes at the refinery in the city of Abqaiq in the kingdom’s oil-rich Eastern Province and another facility at the vast Khurais oil field, around 150km (93 miles) from Riyadh.

US President Donald Trump has already phoned Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and offered help to the Kingdom in ensuring its security. He also said that the attack on the Saudi oil facilities could be detrimental to the American and the global economy.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) said, though, that the attack is unlikely to affect the global oil markets as they are “well supplied with ample commercial stocks.” Yet, it also said it is closely monitoring the situation and is in contact with the Saudis and “major producer and consumer nations.”

The IEA statement came amid media reports that the attack forced Riyadh to cut oil production by as much as 5 million barrels a day, which is equivalent to roughly half of its total oil output and about five percent of the global oil supply.

The Saturday attack has become the most successful strike the Houthis have launched against the Saudis, who have been leading a bombing campaign in Yemen since it intervened in the nation’s civil war in 2015. In May, armed drones caused minor damage to two Saudi Aramco state oil companies’ pumping stations in the Eastern Province.At that time, Riyadh blamed Iran for the attack, which was claimed by the Yemeni rebels as well. Tehran denied the allegations.

The Saudi-led coalition’s military campaign in Yemen has itself been repeatedly criticized by the UN and various international human rights groups, which repeatedly pointed to the mass civilian casualties resulting from the coalition’s airstrikes

September 14, 2019 - Posted by | Illegal Occupation | , ,

4 Comments »

  1. “officials in Washington jumped at the opportunity to use the occasion to push an anti-Iranian agenda”.

    Bolton is gone, but his AIPAC backed Zionist ratbags in Washington are ready and willing to take up Israel’s cause against Saudi Arabia’s enemies, Yemen and Iran, seemingly unaware that it was S.A that attacked Yemen in the first place, using American weapons, and Iran is acting as a loyal ally in defending Yemen.

    Don’t these AIPAC warriors have any self awareness at all? When are they going to stand up for the USA?

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | September 14, 2019 | Reply

  2. Graham tends to go off half cocked a lot. Follow the money to his great benefactor or his therapist. He has Iranian Derangement Syndrome – but why.

    Comment by GGH | September 14, 2019 | Reply

    • Epstein type blackmail?

      Comment by revo | September 14, 2019 | Reply

  3. What it to prevent this being a ‘false flag’ operation? By Israel, of course.

    So the government officials of the United States begin to call for more war in the middle east? To protect Saudi Arabia, of course. To help “Israel defend itself,” of course.

    So they want to attack Iran, or Syria. Or Iraq, of course. Maybe even the Palestinians, of course. Because the Palestinians wouldn’t accept the Deal of the Century. Maybe they can be bludgeoned into accepting it. Or if Israel drives them out, then there will not be any Palestinians. In Palestine, that is.

    So, if America attacks Iran, destroys some oil production facilities, that will show them what they can expect more of, it they won’t change their regime, as America would like?

    So, more oil production is ruined, thus less oil distribution? Of course!

    Is there any question as to who and what is leading America to an ever worsening future?

    Comment by michael | September 14, 2019 | Reply


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