Saudi Arabia’s Energy Infrastructure Under Attack. What’s Next?

If a single armada of drones can make its way across the Saudi airspace undetected and successfully hit targets with surgical precision and maximum damage, then one must conclude the country’s vulnerability quota is quite high.

by Nicola De BlasioHenry Lee | The National Interest

When more than twenty drones and cruise missiles attacked Saudi Arabia’s energy infrastructure recently, they took down approximately half of the kingdom’s oil production.… Read the full article.

This Means War: Saudi Arabia Is Thinking About Attacking Iran

Where does this end?

by Stratfor Worldview Follow @Stratfor on TwitterL | The National Interest

Key point: Saudi Arabia might not strike back without full U.S. support, but Tehran is thinking about it.

Two weeks after a devastating attack on Saudi oil facilities at Abqaiq and Khurais, one major question remains up in the air: What are the United States and Saudi Arabia going to do in response?… Read the full article.

Khashoggi murder ‘happened under my watch,’ Saudi crown prince tells PBS

By Reuters

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Jeddah

RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s crown prince said he bears responsibility for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year by Saudi operatives “because it happened under my watch,” according to a PBS documentary to be broadcast next week.… Read the full article.

Locked and Loaded: Could Iran Sink the U.S. Navy If War Breaks Out?

Tehran has lots of missiles. Could they start sinking warships? 

by Sebastien Roblin | The National Interest

Key Point: Given the volume of valuable commercial shipping in the Persian Gulf, Tehran is investing in improving its ASBMs—and publicizing that effort to the world—as a means to build conventional military deterrence in a context of rising tensions with Saudi Arabia, Israel and the United States.… Read the full article.

Yemen quagmire showcases hazards of Saudi power play

By Anuj Chopra | AFP

Saudi Arabia has adopted an interventionist policy under 34-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, analysts say (AFP Photo/ABDULLAH AL-QADRY)

Riyadh (AFP) – Saudi Arabia is confronting the perils of its combative foreign policy as it slides further into a military quagmire in Yemen, one of a series of strategic missteps under the ambitious crown prince, analysts say.… Read the full article.

Saudis say they will defend themselves, as Trump warns Iran

By AYA BATRAWY and FAY ABUELGASIM (Associated Press)

CORRECTS DATE – In this Friday, May 17, 2019, photo released by the U.S. Navy, the USS Abraham Lincoln sails in the Arabian Sea near the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge. Commercial airliners flying over the Persian Gulf risk being targeted by “miscalculation or misidentification” from the Iranian military amid heightened tensions between the Islamic Republic and the U.S., American diplomats warned Saturday, May 18, 2019, even as both Washington and Tehran say they don’t seek war.
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Saudi crown prince approved ‘intervention’ against dissidents: report

By AFP

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (C), pictured in India, authorized the Rapid Intervention Group to suppress dissidents, The New York Times reported (AFP Photo/Handout)

Washington (AFP) – More than a year before the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved a secret campaign to silence dissenters, The New York Times reported on Sunday.… Read the full article.

Exclusive: Saudi’s Falih – U.S., China driving oil demand; no April OPEC policy change

By Nidhi Verma (Reuters)

FILE PHOTO: Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih speaks at a news conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia January 9, 2019. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser/File Photo

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Saudi oil minister Khalid al-Falih said on Sunday that China and the U.S.… Read the full article.

Saudi crown prince defends China’s right to put Uighur Muslims in concentration camps

Prince Mohammed bin Salman made the comments while visiting Beijing to sign trade deals – Xinhua

by Josie Ensor (The Telegraph)

Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’’s crown prince, on Friday defended China’s use of concentration camps for Muslims, saying it was Beijing’s “right”.… Read the full article.

Arab nations inch toward rehabilitating Syria’s Assad

By ZEINA KARAM — Associated Press

FILE – In this file photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA Dec. 16, 2018, Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, meets with Sudan’s President Omar Bashir in Damascus, Syria. Assad has survived years of war and millions of dollars in money and weapons aimed at toppling him.
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