Iranian conspiracy behind attack on Saudi Aramco facilities: Reuters investigation

An Iranian conspiracy was behind the attack on Saudi Aramco's two oil facilities on September 14, according to a Reuters investigation released on Monday. (Reuters)
Updated 26 November 2019

Iranian conspiracy behind attack on Saudi Aramco facilities: Reuters investigation

  • Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gave the order, says report
  • Decision made after secret meetings involving senior members of Revolutionary Guard Corps

LONDON: An Iranian conspiracy was behind the attack on Saudi Aramco's two oil facilities on September 14, according to a Reuters investigation released on Monday.

The report said Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gave the order to attack the Aramco facilities in response to the US withdrawal from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal.

It is also revealed in the report that the decision to target Saudi Aramco facilities was made after several secret meetings involving the Revolutionary Guards Corps in Iran, and that the Islamic Republic wanted to launch an attack that "stopped short of direct confrontation that could trigger a devastating US response."

The account of the meetings, described to Reuters by three officials familiar with them and a fourth close to Iran’s decision making, is the first to describe the role of Iran’s leaders in plotting the Sept. 14 attack.

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According to the accounts, Khamenei's approval of the operation came with strict conditions: Iranian forces must avoid hitting any civilians or Americans.

The Iranian-backed Houthi militia claimed responsibility soon after the strikes, which was rejected by Saudi and US officials, who said the sophisticated nature of the attack pointed to Iran.

When contacted by Reuters to verify the accounts, a Revolutionary Guards spokesman declined to comment.

Tehran has denied involvement.

 


KSRelief launches prosthetics' center in Taiz

Updated 23 January 2020

KSRelief launches prosthetics' center in Taiz

TAIZ: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) on Wednesday launched an artificial limb center in Taiz, Yemen, providing high-quality prosthetics for up to 600 patients.

Abdulqawi Al-Mikhlafi, who is the deputy governor of Taiz, expressed his appreciation for the Kingdom’s generous support to Yemen across all sectors over the past few years, particularly in the areas of health, the environment and development.

Al-Mikhlafi said such efforts helped local authorities to deal with the many challenges they faced in providing comprehensive services to needy Yemenis.

He added that the Kingdom’s support reflected the deep historical and cultural ties between the people of Yemen and Saudi Arabia, and he praised the Kingdom for standing by the country and its government for more than 50 years.

Dr. Elan Abdul Haq, deputy governor of Taiz for health affairs, thanked KSRelief for its continued support for Taiz and Yemen, assistance he said had alleviated the suffering of millions of Yemenis during the ongoing conflict.

The head of the Artificial Limbs Center, Mansour Al-Wazei, announced that the center would begin receiving patients soon, providing vital aid to amputees for whom prosthetics meant regaining the ability to live full and productive lives.