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Saudi says unclear when oil output will return to normal after ‘massive’ damage

Press TV – September 15, 2019

An informed Saudi source says the damages inflicted on the Aramco oil facilities in the recent Yemeni drone attacks are so massive that it is not clear when the country’s oil output can return to normal.

Attacks by 10 Yemeni drones on Saudi Arabia’s key oil facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais have shut down about 50 percent of the kingdom’s crude and gas production, cutting the state oil giant’s crude oil supply by around 5.7 million barrels per day.

An oil industry source briefed on the developments said on Sunday it is unclear how long the oil production shutdown will continue, as it is impossible to fix the “big” damages overnight.

Aramco has given no timeline for output resumption. However, a source close to the matter told Reuters the return to full oil capacity could take “weeks, not days”.

Another source briefed on the developments said the kingdom’s oil exports would continue to run as normal this week thanks to large storage in the country.

High-resolution satellite photos of the damaged facilities “declassified” by the US administration on Sunday show the drone attacks have hit at least 19 points with great precision.

A senior US official, asked not to be named, has claimed that evidence shows the launch area was west-northwest of the targets – the direction of Iran and Iraq – not south from Yemen.

The official has also quoted Saudi officials as saying that there are signs that cruise missiles were used in the attack.

This comes as Yemen has clearly stated it used 10 drones for Saturday’s operation, which was one of their largest retaliatory attacks ever inside the kingdom.

Earlier in the day, Tehran dismissed the US’ claim of Iranian involvement in the drone attacks, saying “futile allegations and blind statements as such are incomprehensible and meaningless within the framework of diplomacy.”

Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said such remarks “seem more like a plot being hatched by secret and intelligence organizations aimed at tarnishing a country’s image and setting the stage for future actions.”

He also criticized Saudi Arabia for fueling the flames of war in the region by committing various war crimes in Yemen for about five years, and hailed Yemen for putting up resistance in the face of the aggression.

Iraq has also denied reports alleging that the country was the site from where Yemeni drones were launched to attack Saudi oil installations.

The statement came from Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi’s office on Sunday. It said Iraq would act “decisively” if anyone tried to use its territory to attack other countries, AP reported.

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7 Comments »

  1. “Earlier in the day, Tehran dismissed the US’ claim of Iranian involvement in the drone attacks, saying “futile allegations and blind statements as such are incomprehensible and meaningless within the framework of diplomacy.”

    Having American ‘spokespersons’ blaming Iran for any/all problems in the Middle East is just a “Given”.
    These people cannot breathe or speak, without blaming Iran for Every Evil on the Planet. Totally predictable.

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | September 16, 2019 | Reply

  2. This is a false flag courtesy of Mossad. Israel wants an American war in Iran and it began to look like Trump is not interested (firing Bolton!). So they cook up another false flag (perhaps with American involvement) and leave evidence that this is the doing of Iran. So simple the American people will believe it right off the bat!! The thing is — everyone in Washington knows it is a false flag and some will not sully themselves by going with the war on Iran.

    Israel wants American boys to die protecting their boys. That’s the long and short of it.

    Comment by ontogram | September 16, 2019 | Reply

  3. Oh, and the Saudis have no credibility whatsoever. They are murderers and now these murderers tell us about how bad the oil situation is. But it’s not. Other sources will fill in for a short while unless the US tells them not to, which I think is unlikely. “Saudis say…” — can you think of a less convincing preamble than this from a regime mired in the middle ages, cutting off heads, keeping women away from the world (vain strutting bastards that they are!). Sure, we’ll believe what the Saudis report, rather what the “Prince” reports….The “Prince” who dismembered a journalist who wrote something no doubt truthful about the Saudi regime. The “Prince”…This is 2019 and this guy is a “Prince”….oh, that royal blood, eh?

    Comment by ontogram | September 16, 2019 | Reply

  4. Yemen took credit for the attacks, which implies it wasn’t false flag. If the drones didn’t come directly from Yemen territory, that does need answers. They could have been smuggled to good launch locations, secretly by Yemen personnel.

    Comment by rkm009 | September 16, 2019 | Reply

  5. The second comment, to place upon Israel the source of the drone attacks, and thus subterfuge (false flag) is absolutely possible. How to ever know, however, given all the lies, cover ups and bias toward Israel by its sponsor, America, will be ever in the shadows. Would it grieve America’s casualties in any war? Hell no. Ask the dead and surviving of the USSLiberty if Israel showed any remorse.

    After all, Israel attempted to destroy an American naval ship, the USSLiberty, during the1969 war, eventually sighing out that was, “…a terrible mistake.” A terrible mistake that Israel didn’t succeed, really.

    If Israel could do that, initially claim it didn’t do it, et cetera, as one example of its capability to attack America, lie about it, fight against compensation, et cetera, it is most certainly capable of sending drones from its submarines or else where.

    Israel’s 75 years old war in the middle east continues. Israel continues to attack, to wage war against its neighboring countries, especially since it has, in Netanyahu’s words, “We have America.”

    So, the countries immediately adjoining Israel have scattered throughout them a sort of military committed to trying to help the Palestinians, the only real formidable military is Iran, also long a supporter and advocate for Palestine.

    How well manipulative is Israel, in one way or another, to draw and draw America into its conquest and thievery. Conquest of neighboring states, conquest of never giving way to a ‘two state solution’, conquest of America to give so much money and armament and commitments. Thievery of land, resources, of people incarcerated forever, maimed for life.

    That’s the country Christian Zionists align with? That’s the country worthy of American tax-payers money to foreign aid?

    And now, imagine the glee Israel is feeling to have a new build up of rhetoric for war on Iran. And any attack on Iran will be an act of war.

    Israel is not an ally. It is the opposite.

    Comment by michael | September 16, 2019 | Reply

  6. West north west of the oil explosion is toward the Mediterranean Sea. That could be Jordan, Israel, Lebanon., Saudia Arabia, etc. Or the Yemen drones way be able to turn – those high tech Yemenese may have a rudder on their drones. If the US radar can’t do better than this then we have no idea where they came from. Of course maybe Iranian drones have rudders – like ours hopefully do.I still think there is a radar operator out there that can can read a screen and has a backup file. I hope the file gets to Trump sooner than 10 minutes before launch this time.

    Comment by GGH | September 16, 2019 | Reply

    • Yemen claimed that they had help from dissident Saudis. The drones may have been launched from inside Saudi territory.

      Comment by rkm009 | September 16, 2019 | Reply


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