From the North (Iraq or Iran) or the South (Yemen)?
Saudi, U.S. officials are investigating possibility that cruise missiles fired from Iraq or Iran hit the Saudi petroleum facilities.
What about Israel or Lebanon?
Cruise Missiles or Drones?
As the rush to judgement unfolds, a huge number of questions go unanswered.
No one knows yet if the attack came from the North or the South or whether it was by drone or by cruise missile.
Suspicions Rise That Saudi Oil Attack Came From Outside Yemen
Please consider Suspicions Rise That Saudi Oil Attack Came From Outside Yemen
Saudi and American officials are investigating the possibility that attacks on Saudi oil facilities Saturday involved cruise missiles launched from Iraq or Iran, questioning Yemeni rebel claims of responsibility, people familiar with the matter said.
Leaders of the Houthis, the Yemeni rebels whom Saudi Arabia is trying to dislodge from the country’s capital, claimed they sent a squad of drones hundreds of miles into the heart of Saudi Arabia to carry out coordinated attacks on two of the country’s vital energy sites. If true, the attacks marked the most effective and far-reaching drone strikes carried out by outgunned Houthi forces in neighboring Yemen.
But officials around the globe investigating the attack questioned the Houthi claims and suggested the strike may have come from Iraq or Iran, to the north, rather than Yemen, to the south. Iran supports a host of Shiite militias in Iraq.
The Saudi Interior Ministry said Saturday that the facilities were hit by a drone attack, an account confirmed by people familiar with the strikes. But Persian Gulf officials said experts were examining the possibility that the attackers used cruise missiles, either instead of or along with drones.
A strike on Saudi facilities from Iraq isn’t without recent precedent. Earlier this summer, U.S. officials concluded that a May 14 drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s pipeline was launched from Iraq, not Yemen.
And the use of cruise missiles rather than drones would suggest an escalation in the conflict beyond drones. In recent months, Houthi forces have used a new type of cruise missile to hit Saudi Arabia at least three times, according to people familiar with the investigation.
Could Be "Weeks" Before Aramco Restores Full Production Capacity As Specter Of $100 Oil Looms https://t.co/DvUAa3B6yc— zerohedge (@zerohedge) September 15, 2019
12 hours ago the Saudis were going to restore all lost production to" normal levels" by Monday.— Jim Bianco (@biancoresearch) September 15, 2019
Now they are targeting restoring one-third of the 5.7 million of lost production by Monday.
Check back after the late football games for another update.https://t.co/gUzAno7zDk
*U.S. OFFICIAL: NO DOUBT IRAN WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR SAUDI ATTACK— zerohedge (@zerohedge) September 15, 2019
*OFFICIAL: SAUDI ATTACK WAS ON ENTIRE WORLD'S ENERGY SECURITY
*U.S. OFFICIAL: NO FIRM EVIDENCE SAUDI ATTACK LAUNCHED EX-YEMEN
*U.S OFFICIAL SAYS ATTACK MAY HAVE INVOLVED CRUISE MISSILES
I have no doubts either.
But my position is a bit different. I have no doubt this is another rush to judgment.
Three Birds With One Strike
Israel certainly has the most to gain from this. Three birds with one strike:
- Saudi Oil Production Hit
- Iran Blamed
- Weapons to Saudi Arabia to Fight Yemen
I do not rule out anything, including an attack from or sponsored by Israel, Iran, Iraq, or Yemen.
I do not suggest Israel did this, only that Israel had the most to gain regardless of who is directly responsible.