Headline RoundupSeptember 16th, 2019

Pentagon Implicates Iran in Attacks on Saudi Oil

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper blamed Iran for Saturday's attacks on major Saudi Arabian oil outposts via Twitter on Monday. He joins Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, as well as other unnamed officials, in publicly blaming Iran. President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House that it "certainly would look" like Iran was involved and said the country was "prepared", but also said "we'd certainly like to avoid" conflict. Iran's president Hassan Rouhani has denied involvement, instead blaming Yemen. The ABC and WSJ stories both cite anonymous U.S. officials who describe military intel implicating Iran. The reports are similar in information, but certain facts, like the number of rockets fired, vary.

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