Saturday, 21 Sep 2019

Saudis vow to respond to attack on oil sites

Saudi Arabia says it will respond with “necessary measures” to attacks on two oil facilities as it reiterated the accusation that Iran was behind them. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir said the weapons used were Iranian and vowed to release the full findings of the investigation. Iran denies involvement in the attacks. […]

Trump Focuses on Defending Saudis, Not Striking Iran, for Now

WASHINGTON — President Trump is sending a modest deployment of American troops to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, along with air and missile defense systems, in response to the attacks on Saudi oil facilities, which the administration blames on Iran. Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper called the decision, which came on Friday during […]

US building coalition after Saudi oil attack, Iran warns against war

DUBAI (REUTERS) – The United States said on Thursday (Sept 19) it was building a coalition to deter Iranian threats following a weekend attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities. Iran has warned US President Donald Trump against being dragged into a war in the Middle East and said it would meet any offensive action with […]

Attack on Saudi Arabia Tests U.S. Guarantee to Defend Gulf

The oil rich monarchies of the Persian Gulf have relied for decades on the promise of protection by the United States military, a commitment sealed by the rollback of the 1990 invasion of Kuwait and reinforced by a half dozen American military bases that sprung up around the region. Now that commitment is facing its […]

Iran warns against war as US and Saudi weigh response to oil attack

DUBAI/JEDDAH (REUTERS) – Iran warned US President Donald Trump on Thursday (Sept 19) against being dragged into all-out war in the Middle East following an attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities which Washington and Riyadh blame on Teheran. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has described the weekend strike that initially halved Saudi oil output […]

Netanyahu calls for Israeli unity government

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called on his centrist rival Benny Gantz to form a unity government, after the country’s second election in a year ended in deadlock. Local media say both men’s parties failed to win enough votes on Tuesday to build a coalition with a majority. There was no immediate response to […]

Yemen rebel claim over Saudi oil attacks 'lacks credibility': France

PARIS (AFP) – French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Thursday (Sept 19) that a claim by Yemeni rebels that they carried out attacks on two Saudi oil facilities “lacks credibility”. “The Houthis, who are Yemeni rebels, announced that it was they who provoked this attack, which lacks credibility,” Le Drian told France’s CNews channel. […]

Weapons in Saudi attack similar to Iranian ones, say analysts

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – A cruise missile and drone fragments that Saudi Arabia says it recovered from an attack on its oil industry bear similarities to Iranian-manufactured weapons, though more information is needed to make a definitive link, analysts told The Associated Press on Wednesday (Sept 18). Particularly striking was the cruise missile, […]

Costly Saudi defences prove no match for drones, cruise missiles

RIYADH/DUBAI (REUTERS) – Billions of dollars spent by Saudi Arabia on cutting edge Western military hardware mainly designed to deter high-altitude attacks has proved no match for low-cost drones and cruise missiles used in a strike that crippled its giant oil industry. Last Saturday’s (Sept 14) assault on Saudi oil facilities that halved production has […]