US blame Iran for drone attack on Saudi Arabia

Iran has been blamed by the United States for the  drone strikes on Saudi Arabian oil facilities on Saturday.

Yemen’s Houthi rebels had claimed they were responsible for the strikes which cut five per cent of the daily global oil supply.

US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo said the rebel group did not have the capacity to carry out such strike, which he described as an “act of war”.

Speaking on Wednesday after a meeting with Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, the secretary of state said the US is working on a coalition to prevent further attacks.

“This was an Iranian attack. We were blessed there were no Americans killed in this attack, but anytime you have an act of war of this nature, there’s always a risk that could happen,” he said.

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“That’s my mission here, is to work with our partners in the region. We will be working with our European partners as well.

“We’re working to build out a coalition to develop a plan to deter them. The intelligence community has high confidence that these were not weapons that would have been in the possession of the Houthis. As for how we know, the equipment used is unknown to be in the Houthis’ arsenal.”

The Saudi Arabian military authorities also claimed they have evidence from surveillance cameras that showed that Iran was responsible for the attack on their oil facility.

“This attack was launched from the north, and was unquestionably sponsored by Iran,” said Turki al-Maliki, a military spokesman said.

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“This attack did not originate from Yemen, despite Iran’s best effort to make it appear so.”

Source: TheCable


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