WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Drone assaults on Saudi Arabia’s oil trade in Could originated in Iraq, not Yemen, U.S. officers have concluded, drawing questions from Iraqi officers who’ve requested Washington for extra info supporting the declare, the Wall Road Journal reported on Friday.
U.S. officers aware of the intelligence on the Could drone assaults say they originated in southern Iraq, the Journal reported, saying that almost definitely pointed a finger at Iran-backed militias in that area.
Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthis, who’ve been battling a Saudi-led navy coalition for 4 years, mentioned they carried out the drone strikes in opposition to the East-West pipeline.
The drone assault occurred two days after 4 vessels, together with two Saudi oil tankers, have been broken by sabotage off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.
The assaults came about in opposition to a backdrop of U.S.-Iranian rigidity following Washington’s choice this month to attempt to lower Tehran’s oil exports to zero and beef up its navy presence within the Gulf in response to what it known as Iranian threats.
Reporting by Doina Chiacu; enhancing by Tim Ahmann and Jonathan Oatis