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Reuters Confirms That Iran Was Behind The Saudi Oil Attacks

A Reuters investigation has concluded that an Iranian coalition was behind the September 14 attack on the oil facilities of oil giant Saudi Aramco, with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei giving the order to attack, according to Arab News, citing the Reuters report released on Monday.

The attack came after several secret meetings, starting in May, involving the top echelon of the Revolutionary Guard Corps, according to three officials familiar with the meetings, and a fourth official close to Iran’s decision-makers.

“It is time to take out our swords and teach them a lesson” a senior commander at one of these secret meetings. But ultimately it was decided that the attacks, says Reuters sources, were to stay within strict guidelines, stopping “short of direct confrontation that could trigger a devastating US response.”

They also needed to make sure the attacks did not hit any civilians or Americans, according to the sources.

Iran has again denied that it had any involvement in the attacks on September 14 that took offline roughly half of Saudi Arabia’s total oil production—at roughly 5 million barrels of crude oil per day.

The Houthi rebels in Yemen, who largely are aligned with Iran, claimed responsibility for the September attack, promising even more painful attacks should Saudi continue its campaign in Yemen.

The United States has worked to build up its military presence in the Persian Gulf, but still, Iran may “attack again” the chief of the US Central Command, General Kenneth McKenzie said in an interview with Foreign Policy over the weekend.

“I think the strike on Saudi Aramco in September is pretty indicative of a nation that is behaving irresponsibly,” McKenzie said, adding that in his judgement, it was “very possible they will attack again.”

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  • Mamdouh Salameh on November 26 2019 said:
    Reuters investigation didn’t bring anything new by claiming an Iranian coalition was behind the September 14 attack on Saudi oil installations. The Houthis of Yemen who claimed responsibility for the attack are allies of Iran.

    Saudi oil infrastructure is now hostage to the Houthis. Therefore future attacks on Saudi Aramco’s oil installations can’t be ignored as long as the War in Yemen is going on and relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran continue to escalate.

    Security in the Gulf region and the freedom of navigation across the Strait of Hormuz will be far better served with a withdrawal of the United States altogether from the Gulf region.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Visiting Professor of Energy Economics at ESCP Europe Business School, London
  • Jeffrey Pickett on November 26 2019 said:
    "Landmark treaty"? How to deal with people this ignorant. Unsigned and legislatively unapproved what? Midnight pallets of $1Billion+ in desired foreign currency denominations Ransom Payment and complete capitulation by unverifiable outcome of so called promises to the infidels aka "useful idiots". Now that the Bush Family sponsored Saudi sellouts are out of control the New World Oder in flux. Incompetent Obama and corrupt Clinton bunch can't finish the purposeful takedown of our purposeful unsustainable debt they created and the Middle East chaos part of the destabilization plan. Russia and Turkey know the reality of the Benedict Arnold type sellout. Central Bankers very worried their corruption will come to surface before the collapse that will never happen under Trump. China "silk road" and undermining of our corrupted economic system sinking fast. How's that Islam LBGTQ thing working out these days? What a bunch of typical liberal hypocrites as their real end game plan coming undone as promised in the New Testament.

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