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Attack on Saudi Aramco facilities exposes MbS weakness, as flotation to save Kingdom jeopardized (Video)

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the recent press conference given by Saudi Arabia where the Kingdom revealed “evidence” that the Aramco attacks were “unquestionably sponsored” by Iran.

Fallout from Saudi Arabia’s ability to defend their most prized asset now has MbS considering a push back of Aramco’s flotation as investors now question the safety of the oil facilities being offered in the flotation.

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Via Zerohedge…

Though it appears President Trump has already signaled that war with Iran has been averted for now, instead opting to kick the can further down the road with a just announced measure to “substantially increase” sanctions on the Islamic Republic, Saudi Arabia has unveiled the long awaited “evidence” of Iran’s alleged involvement in the Aramco attacks.

On Wednesday the Saudi Defense Ministry held a press conference showing the debris gathered from the weapons used in the twin attacks on the Aramco facilities early Saturday, which Riyadh has indicated involved a mix of missiles and drones.

Showcased among the debris can be seen what looks like a ballistic missile, among multiple smaller drones, including according to the statements:

  • 18 delta winged UAV + 7 cruise missiles fired 
  • direction of flight + range indicate attacks did not originate from Yemen, but from the north;
  • sophistication of weapons included GPS guidance giving high accuracy.

Laid out on the tables at the press event were what appeared to be sophisticated small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which a Saudi spokesman said “unquestionably” had Iranian state sponsorship.

The defense ministry spokesman further said the UAVs came from the north to the south, suggesting attack origins from Iranian soil, which contradicts accounts in a prior WSJ report which said no UAVs were spotted crossing the border.

However, some analysts were quick to point out that the Saudi spokesman stopped short of any direct statements alleging the attacks originated from within Iran or that the IRGC Quds force was behind it.

Notably, the Saudi spokesman said that Aramco attacks “could not have been launched from Yemen” but didn’t name precisely where they were launched from.

Yemen’s Houthis have been unwavering in their insistence that they conducted the attack with ten drones; however, if the cruise missile debris was in fact part of the attack this could contradict the claims of an exclusively Houthi operation.

If this is indeed the sum total of “evidence” of Iranian involvement, this whole crisis week of escalation could fizzle down to a low simmer instead of the massive bang that many were expecting in the gulf.

Of course, the elephant in the room at the press conference remains the question of why the kingdom’s advanced US-supplied anti air defenses were apparently incapable of intercepting the inbound projectiles and UAVs?

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BobValdez
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“Of course, the elephant in the room at the press conference remains the question of why the kingdom’s advanced US-supplied anti air defenses were apparently incapable of intercepting the inbound projectiles and UAVs?”

Why? Because seppo “weaponry” is designed primarily TO MAKE PROFIT. None of it is designed for DEFENCE. It is only designed to make seppo arms makers RICH!

Heads in the Sand
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Heads in the Sand

Too be honest, Yugoslavia had better success with an SA-3 and inflatable tank decoys than that bunch of losers.

ruca
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ruca

Also, the drones were flying very slowly. A flying shotgun could have taken them out. Russia has anticipated this problem.

Popular Mechanics
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Popular Mechanics

To be honest, they did try to take over the drones like the Iranians do but with US high tech stuff but only managed to send a Lamborghini careening into a sand dune. Luckily, no camels were hurt.

Surrealism is the New Reality
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Surrealism is the New Reality

Quote: “…………..which Riyadh has indicated involved a mix of missiles and drones.”

Kind of reminds me of Washington’s all-to-usual fare, consisting of a mix of lies and fabrications.

Marcus
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Marcus

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. My view is that it was the Houthis. The Houthis may have gotten plans from Iran (even perhaps Hezbollah) for these drones but I wouldn’t disparage Houthi innovation and capabilities in designing and constructing this type of equipment. The fine points of the operation (did the drones have control passed on along the flight path or at the end to local agents, etc. ?) have many possibilities. As for picking this facility, it just seems to me to be the logical step after the pipeline attack a while back. Maybe Iran was informed… Read more »

Hasbro
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Hasbro

If it turns out the drones used Glonass and not GPS, to be sure…Pompey will be blaming the Russians next week and the Graham Cracker will be calling to bomb Chinese embassies in Moscow.

Guy
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Guy

“a Saudi spokesman said “unquestionably” had Iranian state sponsorship”
Serial numbers please .

Greta Nila
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Greta Nila

And the Saudis use US and UK serial numbers when they use weapons against other countries and use these weapons to arm their terrorist cells. I hope Iran IS behind them on this. It sends a clear message that they’re a force to be reckoned with; and that they can obliterate Saudi Arabia’s refineries and infrastructure if the B-Team doesn’t back off.

Bonesaw Bandar
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Bonesaw Bandar

Was there ever any doubt about their ability to turn SA into a blazing inferno? After all, SA is just an oversized firecracker masquerading as a country.

The Televangelical Hour
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The Televangelical Hour

Iranian drone swarms on the Saudis have been discussed in the Bible as locust plagues sent from a vengeful God. Check it out. (send me a check and I’ll even tell you how to prepare).

Words have Meaning
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Words have Meaning

Saudi ‘spokesman’…LOL. He’s just another spoke in the PNAC pinwheel.

terryindorset
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terryindorset

They took their time raiding the fake evidence room for objects to display. They cannot be serious that it will fool anyone……….

Jane Karlsson
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Jane Karlsson

Iran may have been ‘involved’ in that Iranian intelligence knew what was being planned and did nothing to stop it. Houthis might have been allowed to take part so they could say they did it If Iranian intelligence knew, I expect Saudi intelligence did too. The Saudis are desperate for higher oil prices. They might also have wanted to demonstrate the uselessness of American defence systems so they don’t have to buy any more. It’s true the Aramco sale would be affected, but there was already a serious problem with that. Investors want to know the true size of Saudi… Read more »

Have Bonesaw, Will Travel
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Have Bonesaw, Will Travel

Why is this MBS character still breathing?

The AbScam Yacht Club
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The AbScam Yacht Club

Because we abscammed the POTUS

Regula
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Regula

My guess is that all the Saudi air defense was directed against Iran, which lies opposite Yemen. Since the drones didn’t come from Iran, the interceptor systems couldn’t see them. As an other author pointed out, the US has one of its fleets in Bahrain and their systems would certainly have picked up drones coming from Iran. Which must mean none did come from there. But it is possible that the drones and cruise missile came from Israel as an increasingly desperate attempt by Netanyahu in crisis mode due to imminent election loss when the strikes took place, plus Bolton… Read more »

Tjoe
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Tjoe

Anyone who thinks the Saudi’s will share the (oil) wealth in a public corporation is a fool. They will take your money and you will get the shaft. Fools and their money are quickly parted.

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