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US Prepares to Respond to Attack on Saudi Arabia

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16 Sep 2019
US Prepares to Respond to Attack on Saudi Arabia
US President Donald Trump Tweeted on Sunday evening that the US military is "locked and loaded" ready to respond to any further Iranian aggression following Saturday’s strike on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities which temporarily shut down 5.7 million barrels worth of production capacity, half of the Kingdom’s daily output and 5% of global output. Iranian officials angrily denied involvement in the attacks while begging to point out that the weekends events proved the need of the world for Iranian supplies and the inherent danger to the world economy of sanctioning the Islamic Republic. On Sunday, satellite photographs of the damaged Abqaiq oil processing facility at Khurais oil field were released, with analysts saying the images indicated that at least 17 drones or cruise missiles hit the facilities, including some which may have been fitted out with precision guidance systems. The images led many military analysts to opine that the attacks showed a level of technical sophistication beyond the abilities of the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Meanwhile, the price of crude oil jumped on world markets, despite Saudi assurances that at least a third of their production capacity would be restored by Monday and the assessment of many analysts that there was sufficient volumes in worldwide stockpiles to avoid a supply shortage in the near future. Finally, an Iranian government spokesman declared during remarks to journalists on Monday that there were no plans for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his US counterpart Donald Trump to meet at the United Nations General Assembly meeting later this month.

Here are some media giving in-depth analysis of different aspects of this situation

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Israeli Athletes Shine In International Competitions
Israeli sports fans had much to cheer about in recent days as Mark Mallar won the Gold Medal and set a new world record in the Men’s 400m Freestyle event last Tuesday at the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships in London. Then on Friday, Israel’s national Baseball team defeated France at the European Baseball Championship in Germany. The Israeli team finished the tournament in fourth place and earned a chance to compete in the WBSC Olympic Qualifying Tournament for European and African nations which be held this week in Italy.

“The hard work has already started paying off,” says Team General Manager and Israel Association of Baseball President Peter Kurz. “For months it’s been a dream for us to reach the Olympic Games qualifiers alongside the very top teams in Europe… this dream came true, which is a very exciting achievement. We still have more games to win, but our players are motivated to go all the way to Tokyo 2020.”

Turkey Criticizes Israel for West Bank Annexation Plans
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu addressed a special meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Jeddah on Sunday, saying among other things that the plans recently put forward for Israel to annex West Bank settlement blocs and parts of the Jordan Valley were a “despicable” attempt by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to gain votes ahead of Tuesday’s elections. “Israel, encouraged by the support of certain countries, is continuing its aggressive policies that are turning it into a racist, apartheid regime,: he said. “If the whole Muslim community had reacted together, the reckless plans, policies and behavior of the United States and Israel would never have reached this point.”
Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz retorted that the regime of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “systematically violates human rights, brutally persecutes the Kurds, and supports the terrorists of Hamas. He is the last person who should be preaching morals to Israel.”

Meanwhile, Erdogan was hosting Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Ankara Monday for talks over the future of Syria and other topics of mutual concern. The talks follow a statement over the weekend by Turkey’s military that it has received a second S-400 air defense system from Russia and subsequent statements by US officials that military and intelligence cooperation with Turkey should be further curtailed in response to its actions.

Israel Blesses the World
The spokesperson’s officer for Bar-Ilan University near Tel Aviv announced recently that an information mining tool built at the University and called ProtFus holds great promise in assisting researchers pursuing new treatments for various forms of cancer. In related news, engineers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology announced that they have developed a new hydrogen production technology which would improve production efficiency from approximately 75% to 98.7%, vastly reducing the amount of pollution caused by many industrial processes.


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