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Were the latest drone attacks on Saudi oil the final trigger to a war between Iran and Saudi Arabia?

Latest update on the Saudi oil attacks

Tensions in the Middle East have escalated following drone attacks on two major oil facilities in Saudi Arabia. The pre-dawn attacks on Saturday knocked out more than half of crude output from the world’s top exporter – five per cent of the global oil supply – and cut output by 5.7 million barrels per day. This is a clear act of aggression by the perpetrator towards Saudi Arabia, that has expectedly caused a source of outrage. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo immediately accused Iran of being behind the assault, without providing any evidence. The claim was rejected by Tehran which said the allegations were meant to justify actions against it. Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, has promised to “confront and deal with this terrorist aggression”, while US President Donald Trump hinted at possible military action after Riyadh concluded its investigation into the attacks. Furthermore, a Saudi defence spokesman at a high-profile press conference claimed that a total of 25 drones and cruise missiles were used in the attack on the Aramco facilities on Saturday, saying repeatedly they had been fired from the north, the direction of Iran. The accusations of Iran from both Saudi Arabia and the US are worrying signs that a conflict between the 2 regional powers and even the US is approaching.

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