Saudi-Led Coalition Blames Iran For Attacks

Saudi Arabia is blaming Iran for the attacks on Aramco oil facilities over the weekend. In a press conference Monday, the spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, Turki al-Mlki, said evidence shows the weapons used in those attacks were linked to Iran.

Al-Mlki refuted earlier claims of responsibility from the Houthi rebels, saying “initial findings show the terrorist attack did not originate from Yemeni territories.” The official said the Houthis are just a “tool” used by Iran.

“These militia are merely tools in the hands of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard; vehicles used to further the agenda and requirements of the Revolutionary Guard and the Iranian terrorist regime,” he explained.

Storage tanks are seen at the North Jiddah bulk plant, an Aramco oil facility, in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. The weekend drone attack in Buqyaq on one of the world’s largest crude oil processing plants that dramatically cut into global oil supplies is the most visible sign yet of how Aramco’s stability and security is directly linked to that of its owner — the Saudi government and its ruling family. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

The spokesman went on to say, “this cowardly act largely targets the global economy and not Saudi Arabia.”

The U.S. has also blamed Iran, saying satellite images show the attacks did not originate in Yemen.

FILE – This Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, satellite image from Planet Labs Inc., shows thick black smoke rising from Saudi Aramco’s Abqaiq oil processing facility in Buqyaq, Saudi Arabia.  (Planet Labs Inc via AP, File)

In a tweet Monday, President Trump pointed out when Iran shot down a U.S. drone they said it was in their airspace when, in fact, it was nowhere close. The president added, “they stuck strongly to that story knowing it was a very big lie,” and now they are claiming they had nothing to do with the most recent attack in Saudi Arabia.

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