Reasons Why the Saudi Oil Attacks Won’t Lead to War with Iran

Let Saudi Arabia Fight its Own Wars

Let Saudi Arabia Fight its Own Wars

Drones targeted both, and the Houthis assumed responsibility for the attack. While officials promised the plants would be repaired quickly, they also said they were still in the process of evaluating whether some equipment could be fixed or would have to be completely replaced. There were at least 18 direct hits on 11 of the spherical structures, five column stabilizers and two small processing facilities, they said.

Trump said that his administration was working with Saudi Arabia on the response to the attacks. However, the September 14 attack reached deep inside a facility that analysts long warned was vulnerable, knocking out half of the kingdom's oil production and spiking crude prices this week by a percentage unseen since the 1991 Gulf War.

Saudi Arabia also flew journalists to its Khurais oil field to see damage done to the oil field, which is believed to produce over 1 million barrels of crude oil a day.

Officials said 110 contractors evacuated the site after the attack and there were no injuries.

An oil stabilization tower could be seen to be damaged by the attack, standing charred in the heat of Friday afternoon in the Saudi desert. Workers are there 24 hours a day to speed the repairs, but the site showed significant damage. "In the meantime, they have a lot of problems within Iran".

Amid an unprecedented level of tension in the Persian Gulf, the Pentagon is set to present a wide range of military options to President Donald Trump as the US leader considers how to respond to an attack on Saudi Arabia's oil industry that many in the administration have blamed on Iran.

Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence have condemned the attack on Saudi oil facilities as "an act of war".

The announcement could be a first step toward a wider ceasefire in Yemen, but it remained unclear, and there was no immediate response from the Saudi-led coalition. His comments were carried by the Houthi-run al-Masirah satellite TV. "At this point, a single misstep could set off a chain reaction". "The United States will continue its maximum pressure campaign against Iran's repressive regime, which attempts to achieve its revolutionary agenda through regional aggression while squandering the country's oil proceeds".

Kuwait has raised the security alert level at all of its ports, including the oil terminals, the state-run KUNA news agency reported on Friday, citing Trade and Industry Minister Khaled Al-Roudhan.

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