Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, September 17, 2019—As tensions escalate across the Middle East following the Iranian regime’s attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities on Saturday, September 14, more signs are indicating Tehran’s direct role in this cruise missile and drone assault.
A U.S. official says the attack on Aramco oil facilities in Saudi Arabia were carried out by cruise missiles from inside Iran, according to Agence France Presse.
CNN reported Saudi Arabia and U.S. evaluations show there is a “very high probability” that low altitude cruise missiles, launched from an Iranian regime base near the Iraq border, were used in this attack. Reports indicate the cruise missiles and drones launched from southwest Iran first entered Iraqi airspace, travelled south into Kuwaiti airspace and finally entered Saudi airspace to then target oil processing facility at Abqaiq and the nearby Khurais oil field.
In ongoing developments, the U.S. has identified the exact locations in Iran from which more than 20 drones and cruise missiles were launched against the Saudi oil facilities, according to CBS. The locations are reportedly in southern Iran at the northern end of the Persian Gulf. This area would indicate Khuzestan Province in southwest Iran.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be travelling to Riyadh on Tuesday, according to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, as he emphasized the U.S. military is ready following the attacks on Saudi oil installations. Iran is the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism and the greatest threat to stability and security in the region, Pence highlighted. Washington is assessing the evidence and consulting with allies, he continued, adding U.S. President Donald Trump will decide the best course of action in the coming days.
The Saudi cabinet said in response to Iran’s attacks that this aggression is an extension of previous assaults targeting Aramco with Iran-made weapons. The international community should take a tougher stance against Tehran. King Salman of Saudi Arabia emphasized the Kingdom will defend its territory and facilities at all costs without any differentiation where these attacks originate from. Furthermore, Saudi officials are reportedly increasingly confident the attacks originated from inside Iran.
Reports also indicate the Saudis have been able to restore 70 percent of the 5.7 million barrels per day in oil output loss resulting from Saturday’s attacks. Saudi oil output is scheduled to be fully back online in a matter of two to three weeks, an official said.
The Houthi militias in Yemen, backed by the Iranian regime, are voicing threats in response to the escalating tensions threatening the mullahs’ future. The upcoming defensive operations will be harsher and more painful if the aggression and siege continue, their spokesman said, adding they recognize no red lines in attacks against all countries involved in the Yemen war.