U.S. OFFICIALS BUILDING A CASE AGAINST IRAN AFTER MASSIVE ATTACK ON SAUDI | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

U.S. OFFICIALS BUILDING A CASE AGAINST IRAN AFTER MASSIVE ATTACK ON SAUDI

Jerusalem Post Middle East

Attack on Saudi was large and sophisticated, satellite images show, and involved numerous drones.

Satellite images released by US officials on Sunday showed the extent of damage on Saudi Arabia’s Abqaiq oil processing facility and at Khurais oil field. The images show 17 impact points on key petroleum infrastructure, including four hits on liquefied natural gas storage tanks.

The images reveal extreme precision by the drones or cruise missiles which struck the oil facilities. ABC News reported on Monday that officials have ascertained that a dozen cruise missiles and 20 drones were fired in the attack. This degree of sophistication is beyond the ability of Yemen’s Houthi rebels, notwithstanding their claim of responsibility.

Now US President Donald Trump says that Washington is awaiting word from Saudi Arabia, and that the US is “locked and loaded.” But the tensions rising in the Persian Gulf must be weighed against fears by America’s allies and the international community that the precision strikes are only the tip of the iceberg. The ability to launch 20 drones and a dozen missiles deep into Saudi territory, within 100 km. of US bases in Bahrain and elsewhere, is not only a massive escalation, but also means US forces could be targeted.

The developing nightmare for US policy makers and their allies is trying to thread the needle on how to respond. If they say they are “locked and loaded” but once again fail to respond, as Trump refrained from doing in June after a US drone was shot down by Iran, then the bluff will have been called. But if they respond militarily, they risk a regional war stretching from the Gulf of Oman to Iraq and the Persian Gulf.

The US has blamed Iran for sabotaging six oil tankers, for mortars and rockets fired near US bases in Iraq, and for the recent attack. In fact, the US has now accused Iran of more than 100 attacks on Saudi Arabia. Now all eyes are turned to the desert kingdom to see Riyadh’s reaction.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I find it interesting - and more than slightly ironic - that it is the US government "building a case" against Iran, and not the Saudi government.

One has to wonder if both the Saudi Government in Riyadh, and Crown Prince Bin Salman, have been given a deadline before which they must respond to Trump's ultimatum regarding identifying Tehran as the culprit here.

And as the Second Cynic in Chief of this website (my Sweetheart being the First Cynic in Chief),I have to wonder if such a deadline... might well be coordinated to dovetail, with the moment Israeli polls are open, and in which Prime Minister Netanyahu is fighting for his political life.

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