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Report: Israel and Saudi Arabia Hit Iranian Targets

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19 Sep 2019
Report: Israel and Saudi Arabia Hit Iranian Targets
Reports emerged in Arab media outlets Wednesday evening that recent strikes against pro-Iranian militias in the Albukamal area in Syria near the border with Iraq may have been carried out through a combined effort by Israel and Saudi Arabia, possibly with US assistance as well. The reports pointed to a widespread belief that the sites were being used as a staging ground for missile attacks such as the one which hit a Saudi oil facility last weekend, as well as a statement by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo following his meetings with senior Saudi officials in Riyadh that Washington supports Saudi Arabia’s "right to defend itself" and would not tolerate Iran's "threatening behavior."

On Wednesday, the Saudi military held a press conference where Defense Ministry spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki displayed debris from the attacks on its oil facilities, which he said proved they were "unquestionably sponsored by Iran." US President Donald Trump meanwhile ordered the US Treasury to initiate strong new economic sanctions on Iran and that “war” with Iran was an option on the table for dealing with the current situation.

Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rohani had some advice for his Saudi neighbors, insisting that it was the Shi’ite Houthi faction in Yemen that launched the attacks and saying they  “haven't hit a hospital, they haven't hit a school.... They just hit an industrial warn you. Learn lessons from this warning and consider that there could be a war in the region."

The Houthis also had something to say on Wednesday, with military spokesman Brigadier Yahya Saree telling journalists at a press conference that “we have dozens of targets in the UAE, among them Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and that they can be targeted at any moment. If you want peace and security for your facilities, and towers made of glass that cannot withstand one drone, then leave Yemen alone."

Here is a podcast giving some analysis of the situation

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