MESOPOTAMIA NEWS FOCUS IRAN : WHO IS IN CHARGE ?

 

Jack Detsch@JackDetsch_ALM

 

17 Sept 2019 – 7m AL MONITOR – State Iran envoy (and Nat’l Security Advisor contender) Brian Hook made this same argument about Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in June, but didn’t make clear who the US would negotiate with.

 

Marco Rubio@marcorubio – · 12m

You can’t do deal with Rouhani because he isn’t real power in #Iran. The power resides in the Ayatollah who believes the U.S. is withdrawing from the region & therefore believes he can pursue a policy of incremental escalation without triggering open war.

 

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The Attack on Saudi Arabia Is the Crisis Iran Was Waiting For

MESOPOTAMIA NEWS TODAYS COMMENTARY BY SETH FRANTZMAN

By Seth J. Frantzman

September 17, 2019 6:30 AM NATIONAL REVIEW

A  sophisticated drone and cruise-missile attack on Saudi Arabia’s largest oil-processing facility on Saturday has sent shock waves through the world’s oil markets and leaves the U.S. and allies at a crossroads about how to deal with a growing threat from Iran and its supporters. This is the crisis Iran has been waiting for, with pro-regime media tweeting about the “unprecedented attack” and parroting the threats of Yemen’s Houthi rebels against Saudi oil infrastructure.

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 MESOPOTAMIA NEWS  “SAMPLER” : THE IRANIAN AGGRESSION CONTRA SAUDI ARABIA & UNITED STATES  / PUTIN OFFERS WEAPONS TO SAUDI ARABIA

 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 – Center on National Security at Fordham Law

 U.S. Intelligence Indicates Attack on  Saudi Oil Originated in Iran

U.S. intelligence reportedly indicates that the attack on two of Saudi Arabia’s oil processing facilities on Saturday originated from Iran, according to sources familiar with the intelligence. U.S. officials shared with Saudi Arabia the intelligence reports and their assessment that Iran launched more than 20 drones and at least a dozen ballistic missiles at the Saudi oil facilities, but Saudi officials said the United States didn’t provide enough proof to conclude that the attack was launched from Iran. Saudi Arabia said it would invite United Nations experts to investigate and would wait for the results before deciding how to respond.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS LATEST : MORE EVIDENCE ABOUT IRANIAN ATTACK

Salman Shaikh Retweeted Oubai Shahbandar@OS26

 

17 Sept 2019 – 20m – New details on the likely point of origin of the cruise missile attack against #Saudi #Aramco #AramcoDroneStrike

 

Jim Sciutto@jimsciutto – · 23m

New: US and Saudi Arabia believe “very high probability” this weekend’s attack on Saudi oil facilities were low altitude cruise missiles — assisted by drones — launched from an Iranian base near the border with Iraq – @NicRobertsonCNN reporting

 

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS :  AGAIN THE AGGRESSOR IS NAMED “IRANIAN MULLAH REGIME”!

Another Iranian Hijacking in Strait of Hormuz – By Hana Levi Julian – 17 Elul 5779 – September 16, 2019 THE JEWISH PRESS

The Stena Impero oil tanker

Iranian state piracy is continuing in the Persian Gulf, with naval commandos of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) once again having hijacked a vessel transiting the Strait of Hormuz, this time seizing a crew of 11.

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 A CREDIBILITY TEST FOR U.S.-SAUDI DEFENSE RELATIONS & IRAN DETERRENCE

MESOPOTAMIA NEWS TODAYS OPINION BY MICHAEL KNIGHTS

by Michael Knights  – PolicyWatch 3180 – September 16, 2019 – The suspected missile attack is the most significant strike on Gulf energy targets in decades, and consequences need to be levied on Iran, whether in the military or diplomatic spheres.

The September 14 attack on Saudi targets in Abqaiq and Khurais—one of the world’s largest oil refinery complexes and the kingdom’s third-largest oil field, respectively—could take up to 5.7 million barrels per day off the global market for the next several months. This makes it the most comprehensive blow against the global energy sector since Iraq’s seizure of Kuwait in 1990 and the subsequent destruction of both countries’ energy infrastructures. Now, as then, U.S. and international commitment to the security of global energy supplies is being tested.

ANATOMY OF THE ATTACK

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : PUTIN CZAR OF MIDDLE  EAST

 

Maxim A. Suchkov@MSuchkov_ALM

 

16 Sept 2019   22m

BREAKING: Hardcore trolling from #Putin: “In order to defend their country,we prepared to help #SaudiArabia. Political leadership in Riyadh only has to take wise state decision,as did #Iran by purchasing our S300s& #Turkey w/ S400.The systems will defend any Saudi facilities”

 

Jack Detsch@JackDetsch_ALM

16 Sept 2019 – 52m

Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif flashes a smile as Putin floats S-300 and S-400 to defend Saudi oil facilities after US intel reportedly found Tehran responsible for the attacks. Zarif is in Turkey with Russian leaders for talks on Syria.

 

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS TODAYS BACKGROUNDER :  Iran Is Gambling That Trump Is Afraid of War

In response to devastating US sanctions, Iran is choosing confrontation over surrender. – By Tony KaronTwitter – July 25, 2019 – THE NATION

What’s the point of having the world’s most powerful military if we never use it, then–Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is said to have shouted at Gen. Colin Powell in 1992, over his reluctance to commit American force to the Balkan wars. President Donald Trump clearly agrees with Albright that the military is there to be used, but also with Powell that it should be kept out of quagmires in harm’s way. He has wielded the US military as a political prop—at the border, in symbolic air strikes against forewarned Syrian targets, and in a July 4 DC extravaganza. But, despite his bellicose tweeting, Trump has declined every chance for expeditionary adventurism.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS INDEPTH : Cipher Brief Exclusive: The Drone Attack on Oil and the Larger Iran Problem

16 Sept 2015 -When a series of drones were used to attack a key Saudi oil facility over the weekend, the impact on oil production was noted by global markets.  Oil prices spiked as the attack was believed to impact more than half of Saudi Arabia’s daily exports.

Yemen’s Houthi rebels claimed responsibility, but U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo placed the blame squarely on Tehran as the rest of the world awaits further evidence.  Iran has denied it is behind the attack.

As further evidence is sought, the latest attack has clearly heightened tensions further between the U.S. and Iran with President Donald Trump tweeting that the U.S. is ‘locked and loaded depending on verification.’

There have been numerous instances over the past several months of what is believed to be heightened Iranian aggression after the U.S. pulled out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in 2018 and has imposed greater sanctions on Iran.

In light of increased actions, The Cipher Brief asks what is the role of U.S. leadership?  Cipher Brief expert and former Acting Director of the CIA John McLaughlin says that the U.S. has entered a new phase of global order as grey zone military tactics have achieved important policy goals with little fear of response.

We asked Cipher Brief expert and former National Intelligence Manager for Iran Norm Roule to share his insights on what key responsibilities U.S. leadership – to include Congress and the Administration – has in addressing increasing aggressive actions by Iran and what the impact on global markets might be if there is no change in the status quo.

Check out ‘The Drone Attack on Oil and the Larger Iran Problem‘…

 

 

MESOPOTAMIA NEWS DETAILS : THE IRANIAN ATTACK AGAINST SAUDI OIL

Seth J. Frantzman 
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Emerging details show how complex this attack was

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