The 2019 Abqaiq-Khurais attacks

Just before the full moon on 14 September, at 3:31 am Saudi time, the oil facilities at Abqaiq and Khurais in Saudi Arabia were rocked by the first explosions and thereafter large fires, later claimed to be the result of drone attacks launched by the Houthis in Yemen. This was a watershed event. The attacks were mysterious in many ways, as we will see, but blame was promptly placed on Iran by Washington. Such a rush to blame without citing evidence has raised alarms worldwide, reminiscent of the lead-up to the Iraq War in 2003. Oil prices jumped 15% the day after, the largest single jump in oil prices in 30 years, as the attack immediately cut 5% of the world’s oil production. No deaths were reported. Continue reading “The 2019 Abqaiq-Khurais attacks”