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Saudis Edging Closer to Accusing Iran

Meanwhile, repairs may be made much faster than expected
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2019 1:00 PM CDT
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In this Sept. 14, 2019 file photo, a 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)

(Newser) – Saudi Arabia is closer than ever to officially blaming Iran for the attack on its oil infrastructure, reports the Wall Street Journal. “Everything points to them,” an anonymous Saudi official tells the newspaper. “The debris, the intel, and the points of impact.” The investigation suggests Iran launched the drones and missiles from its own territory, and they flew low to the ground to avoid defense systems, according to the story. Reuters, meanwhile, reports that the Saudis may be back at full speed in terms of oil output much faster than expected, in two to three weeks. The attacks knocked out half of the Saudis' production, or roughly 5% of the world's output, and a fast recovery would help soothe markets.

Iran continues to deny any involvement in the attack, though President Trump and other US officials have strongly suggested otherwise. Trump has kept open the idea of a military response from the US, though he said Monday, "I don't want war with anybody." In the meantime, US investigators are helping assess the evidence, including the remnants of a missile guidance system from a cruise missile, reports the New York Times. The story says US officials fully expect the evidence to point to Iran, and another story at CBS News reiterates that. It quotes a senior US official who says American investigators have pinpointed the exact spots in southern Iran from which the attacks were launched. (Rebels in Yemen have claimed responsibility, but Saudi Arabia doesn't believe them.)

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