Pentagon Implicates Iran in Attacks on Saudi Oil

Headline Roundup September 16th, 2019

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.

Pentagon Implicates Iran in Attacks on Saudi Oil

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Secretary of Defense Mark Esper blamed Iran for a series of coordinated attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities following a meeting at the White House to brief President Trump on the situation, saying that the Pentagon was considering its options.

Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen took credit for the Saturday strikes, which disrupted 5% of the world's daily oil supply, but American officials believe Iran was directly responsible.

"The United States military, with our interagency team, is working with our partners to address this unprecedented attack and defend the international...

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From the Left
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Iran launched nearly a dozen cruise missiles and over 20 drones from its territory in the attack on a key Saudi oil facility Saturday, a senior Trump administration official told ABC News Sunday.

It is an extraordinary charge to make, that Iran used missiles and drones to attack its neighbor and rival Saudi Arabia, as the region teeters on the edge of high tensions.

President Donald Trump warned the U.S. was "locked and loaded" to respond to the attack on Sunday, waiting for verification of who was responsible and for...

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American intelligence indicates Iran was the staging ground for a debilitating attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry, people familiar with the discussions said Monday, as Washington and the kingdom weighed how to respond.

The assessment, which the U.S. hasn’t shared publicly, comes as President Trump raised the prospect of a joint U.S.-Saudi retaliatory strike on Iran, a scenario that risks quickly broadening into a regional armed conflict.

U.S. officials shared with Saudi Arabia the images, intelligence reports, and their assessment that Iran launched more than 20 drones and at least...

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