India condemns drone attacks targeting oil installations in Saudi Arabia

18 May, 2019, 03:58 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Gulf uncertainty reigns amid Iran-US showdown

So clearly, there is very little trust in what the Houthi has done. United States military investigators said on Tuesday they had found large holes in each of the four ships believed to be caused by explosives, though no oil spill or casualties were reported. He declined to speculate about who was behind the attack near Fujairah emirate while the investigation was underway and due to be completed within days. The only problem they have is that Iran is not interested in a military confrontation, so Iran will refrain from activities that will give them some excuse to attack Iran. Iran limited its programme, gave a lot of concessions; even Iran waited for one whole year after the United States got out, but Iran is not getting anything out of the agreement and it's not logical for Iran to stay in the agreement.

It was not the first time that Yemeni forces used drones in their retaliatory raids, but Tuesday's drone raids, which hit deep inside the Saudi kingdom, was seen by analysts as a sign of a significant leap in the Yemeni army's drone capabilities.

Saudi Arabian Vice Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman on Thursday accused Iran of ordering the recent drone attacks on Saudi pipeline facilities launched by Yemen's Houthi rebels.

The Emirati Ministry for Foreign Affairs nearly immediately condemned the attack, dubbing it "new proof of the Houthis' hostile and terrorist tendencies".

A Houthi spokesman, Mohammed Abdul Salam had earlier claimed responsibility for the drone strikes, saying that they were a response to Saudi Arabia's "continued aggression" and "genocide" in Yemen. Indeed, the attacks have not been catastrophic but have certainly demonstrated how vulnerable alternate energy transport paths are.

USA officials are now concerned that Iran has passed this naval combat expertise on to proxy forces in the region, whom Washington blames for attacks against four oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates on Sunday.

A Saudi-led coalition has been at war with the Houthis since 2015, and carries out near-daily airstrikes.

Nonetheless, the Houthis are being held accountable for the pipeline attack. It reiterated former King Abdullah's 2008 urging to the U.S. to "cut off the head of the snake" using surgical strikes, and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman's remark that Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is the "new Hitler of the Middle East".

A senior British officer in the USA -backed coalition fighting the Islamic State group appeared to push back against the US claims, telling reporters earlier in the week that there'd been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria. Maj.

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"The Houthis are an integral part of the Revolutionary Guard forces of Iran and follow their orders, as proven by them targeting installations in the kingdom", Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir tweeted. Either way, it is a powerful signal of at least one strand of Saudi thinking in terms of an appropriate response to these developments.

Foad Izadi: Both John Bolton and Mike Pompeo have called for a military strike against Iran in the past.

"We have tied up supplies from alternate sources".

The two forces have been exchanging threats as relations between the U.S. and the Islamic Republic continue to boil over. Iraq is home to powerful pro-Iranian militias, while also hosting more than 5,000 American troops. Certainly, the USA and the Europeans at present are disunited.

Oil transit was disrupted in 1984 during the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988) when more than 500 vessels were destroyed or damaged in the so-called "Tanker War".

Analysts have also denounced what has been described as Riyadh "egging on the United States to strike Iran". "We are looking for Iran to behave like a normal country".

After the arrival of a large number of American offensive weaponry and equipment in the Persian Gulf region, everyone is wondering: is this a preventive measure, act of intimidation or preparation for a real strike against Iran? On top of this, it has the option to import an additional 2 million tonnes.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said during a visit to Tokyo that Iran has the right to respond to the "unacceptable" USA sanctions, but has exercised "maximum restraint".

Regional tensions have soared since US President Donald Trump pulled out of a nuclear deal with Iran a year ago and imposed a stifling oil embargo on the Islamic republic.



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