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Saudi Arabia: U.S. Weighs Retaliatory Options After Attack Against Oil Processing Site

1 MIN READSep 18, 2019 | 17:03 GMT

What Happened: The U.S. government is considering a series of options to retaliate against an alleged Iranian strike on a Saudi oil processing plant, including a potential cyberattack or a kinetic strike against Iran's energy infrastructure, NBC News reported Sept. 17. The report came before a Saudi press conference on Sept. 18 in which Riyadh presented what it considers evidence of Iranian involvement in the Sept. 14 attack on the Abqaiq oil processing center.

Why It Matters: Although the United States wants Saudi Arabia to take the lead in any potential retaliatory measures against Iran, it's unclear whether Riyadh would be willing to openly confront Tehran due to fears of sparking a regional conflict.

Background: The United States appears to have concluded not only that Iran was involved in the attacks, but also that the strike originated on Iranian territory, further complicating Washington's calculations over how to respond.

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