The attack on Saudi Arabias oil and gas facilities in Abqaiq, which has suspended half of the kingdoms processing corresponding to 6% of world supply is a blow to one of the main arteries of the global economy. The Trump administration should use the United Nations General Assembly this week in New York to marshal a global response.
Responsibility for the attacks has been claimed by the Houthi rebels in Yemen, who say they used a swarm of drones to inflict great damage. But theres also suspicion that Shiite militias in Iraq were the culprits, and that they used cruise missiles.
In geopolitical terms, it might not make much difference: The Houthis and Iraqs militias are both proxies for Iran, which supplies them with money and materiel, including weapons capable of striking deep into Saudi territory. The Islamic Republic denies any role in the attacks, but it has a long history of using proxies and cutouts to attack its regional rivals. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has put the blame squarely on Iran, adding that there is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen.
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