The Empire strikes back. Looking for (or creating) pretexts to attack Iran

Sen. Graham Wants to Bomb Iran in Response to Houthi Attack on Saudi Oil

By Kurt Nimmo
Global Research, September 15, 2019
Following the early morning attack on Saudi Arabia’s Abqaiq oil processing facility—the largest oil processing plant in the world—and a similar drone attack at the Khurais oil field on Saturday, the neocon senator from South Carolina, Lindsey Graham, has called for attacking Iran.
Although the Houthis claimed responsibility for the crippling attack, there is little evidence who is actually responsible. It is just as likely the Saudis did this to 1) ramp up hostilities against their arch enemy, Shia Iran, 2) jack up the price of oil, and 3) in the process make the impending Aramco IPO more lucrative. (Read more at https://www.globalresearch.ca/graham-wants-bomb-iran-response-houthi-attack-saudi-oil/5689229)

‘Maximum lies’: Iran rejects US’ claim it attacked Saudi oil facilities, warns it’s ready for war

15 Sep, 2019
Iran has rebuffed US accusations of launching a drone attacks that cut Saudi Arabia’s oil output in half. A senior Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander, meanwhile, has warned Washington that Tehran is ready for war.
Allegations that Iran was behind the drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities are “unsubstantiated” and false, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Seyyed Abbas Mousavi stated on Sunday. He also said officials in Washington are accusing Iran in order to tarnish its image on the world stage in preparation for “future actions” against Tehran.
The Americans adopted the ‘maximum pressure’ policy against Iran, which, due to its failure, is leaning towards ‘maximum lies’. (Read more at https://www.rt.com/news/468857-iran-us-drone-attack)

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Trump says US ‘locked and loaded’ for potential response to Saudi oil attack

16 Sep 2019
US President Donald Trump said on Sunday (Sep 15) that the United States was “locked and loaded” for a potential response to the attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities, after a senior official in his administration said Iran was to blame.
Trump also authorized the use of the US emergency oil stockpile to ensure stable supplies after the attack, which shut 5 per cent of world production.
“There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!” Trump said on Twitter. (Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/saudi-arabia-oil-attack-donald-trump-locked-and-loaded)

Saudi Oilfield Attack: By Yemen, Iraq, or Iran? Israel? Production Back Up When?

Sep. 15, 2019
Despite growing pressure from hawks to attack Iran, huge questions go unanswered.
From the North (Iraq or Iran) or the South (Yemen)?
Saudi, U.S. officials are investigating possibility that cruise missiles fired from Iraq or Iran hit the Saudi petroleum facilities.
What about Israel or Lebanon?
Cruise Missiles or Drones?
As the rush to judgement unfolds, a huge number of questions go unanswered.
No one knows yet if the attack came from the North or the South or whether it was by drone or by cruise missile.
Suspicions Rise That Saudi Oil Attack Came From Outside Yemen (Read more at https://moneymaven.io/mishtalk/economics/saudi-oilfield-attack-by-yemen-iraq-or-iran-israel-production-back-up-when)

How drone attacks on Saudi Aramco might blow up US-Iran tensions

by Maysam Behravesh
Sept. 16, 2019
Highly disruptive drone attacks on Aramco oil facilities in eastern Saudi Arabia are arguably the most significant military operation yet against the US-allied kingdom’s critical infrastructure.
Saturday’s attacks on petroleum and gas processing plants in Khurais and Abqaiq, which Yemen’s Iran-allied Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility for, knocked down approximately 5.7 million barrels per day (bpd) of total Saudi oil output.
That is over five percent of global crude supply, a deficit which will take “weeks” rather than days to remedy and is likely to drive up international oil prices. (Read more at https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/drone-attacks-saudi-aramco-blow-iran-tensions)

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Trump exploits drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities to threaten war against Iran

By Peter Symonds
16 September 2019
Drone strikes on key oil facilities in Saudi Arabia on Saturday by Yemen’s Houthi rebels have triggered concerns about a potential major disruption in global oil supplies and a spike in oil prices. The attack, in retaliation for the brutal Saudi-led and US-backed war on Yemen, has sharply raised regional tensions and heightened the danger of a US war on Iran, which Washington accuses of backing the Houthis.
Houthi spokesman Brigadier-General Yahya Sare’e told the media that its forces had “carried out a massive offensive operation of 10 drones targeting Abqaiq and Khurais refineries.” Hijra Khurais is Saudi Arabia’s second largest oil field producing about 1.5 million barrels of oil a day, and Abqaiq is the world’s largest crude stabilisation facility, processing some 7 million barrels of oil for export. (Read more at https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/16/saud-s16.html)