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Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of sponsoring oil-plant attack, says it ‘couldn’t have originated in Yemen’

RT | September 18, 2019

Saudi Arabia has claimed that Iran was the sponsor of attacks on its oil treatment facilities, presenting wreckage of drones and missiles as “definitive proof” of Tehran’s involvement.

Speaking to the press on Wednesday, a spokesman for the Saudi Ministry of Defense displayed what he said was wreckage from the projectiles used in the strikes on petrol plants in Abqaiq and Khurais last weekend.

The type of weapons used proved that the assault “could not have originated in Yemen,” Colonel Turki al-Malki claimed. He said the capabilities of the drones and the cruise missiles have been known to Riyadh from previous attacks.

Accusing Iran of sponsoring the attack, the spokesman called on other countries to “acknowledge Iran’s malign activities in the region.”

“The attack was launched from the north and unquestionably sponsored by Iran.”

He also presented surveillance footage from one of the oil facilities, claiming it depicted a drone in flight, though the UAV was difficult to make out in the video.

It wasn’t clear where precisely the attack originated, al-Malki admitted. He said the government was “working to know exactly the launch point.”

The press conference came just as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Jeddah, where he is scheduled to meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discuss the attacks.

Yemen’s Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for the drone and missile strikes on Saturday, which caused a severe disruption in global oil markets and sent prices soaring upward by nearly 20 percent. The damaged refinery in Abqaiq was among the world’s largest oil processing facilities, while the Khurais plant sits on the country’s second largest oil field.

Does missile type prove anything?

The missile used in the attack could be a copy of the Soviet-designed cruise missile Kh-55, which Iran acquired from Ukraine and then developed into its own weapon, a military analyst and retired army officer Viktor Murakhovsky told RT.

However, this does not qualify as definitive proof that Iran launched such an attack, Murakhovsky said. It is “hardly a secret” that Iran sells weapons to the Yemeni Houthi rebels, he explained, adding that Tehran has spoken in support of Yemen’s right of self-defense.

Moreover, it is not difficult for Houthi forces to launch a cruise missile, so their responsibility cannot be ruled out.

“You do not need a narrow-focus specialist in order to use this missile. You need to input the launch mission data and carry out the launch, that’s all,” Murakhovsky said.

September 18, 2019 - Posted by | Mainstream Media, Warmongering | ,


  1. The only necessary question is whether the type of weapon used can be proved not to have originated in Israel which has a huge interest in false-flag or otherwise stirring-up warmongering against Iran.


    Comment by michael | September 18, 2019 | Reply

  2. This morning NPR repeatedly spoke in hypothetical terms about alleged Iranian involvement.
    It’s possible the US deep state did the attacks in an extortion move against the Saudis–and to blame (repeating big lie technique) Iran.
    How is it the US deep state and media come to the aid of Saudis in the context that officially, 14 of 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals?
    This is all so bizarre.


    Comment by rediscover911com | September 18, 2019 | Reply

  3. Now it’s a cruse missile. They only thing they seem to agree on is that it came from the sky. Are they all trying to look stupid.


    Comment by GGH | September 18, 2019 | Reply

  4. The drones, if they were drones, came from the north west west. Do these idiots not have a map.


    Comment by GGH | September 18, 2019 | Reply

    • North west west…….That’s where Israel is, isn’t it…….They wouldn’t do anything like that, would they?


      Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | September 18, 2019 | Reply

  5. “Accusing Iran of sponsoring the attack, the spokesman called on other countries to “acknowledge Iran’s malign activities in the region.”

    Whilst conveniently ignoring their own involvement in the attacks on Yemen. Are these people as stupid as they seem??
    Iran helped to defeat the American “armed, supplied, and financed”, mercenaries that invaded Syria…….I don’t hear anyone saying, “Blame the Americans”……


    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | September 18, 2019 | Reply

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