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U.S. Threatens Military Action Against Iran After Oil Attacks in Saudi Arabia

HeadlineSep 16, 2019

Trump says the U.S. is “locked and loaded” following drone and cruise missiles attacks that struck major oil facilities in Saudi Arabia Saturday. The U.S. accused Iran of being behind the attacks, which were claimed by Houthi rebels. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Iran carried out what he called an “unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply.” Iran denies any involvement, with Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeting, “Having failed at 'max pressure,' Secretary Pompeo’s turning to 'max deceit.'” The attacks sent oils prices soaring after they reportedly halved Saudi oil production by 50% in their immediate aftermath.

The attack came just ahead of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said President Trump is open to meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani with no preconditions, but on Sunday Trump blamed what he called “the fake news” for essentially reporting what Pompeo publicly said. We’ll have more on this story after headlines.

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