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2019-09-16 Arabia
In depth report: Saudi oil facility attacks may have come from Iraq
[ATimes] Missile and drone attacks most likely launched by pro-Iranian militias operating openly in Iraq.

The leading Iraqi analyst based in the United States is Entifadh Qanbar, President and Founder of the Future Foundation. He previously served as Iraq’s deputy military attaché and as the spokesman and adviser for Iraq’s Deputy Prime Minister. He closely follows developments in his home country and has many associates feeding him information that has more than once proved to be accurate. His information about the attack coming from Iraq is backed by prior history and by Pompeo’s clear declaration.

As Qanbar knows, this attack would not be the first time Iran has used Iraq to hit Saudi oil facilities. At least one major previous attack was launched by Iraqi militias and the Iranians from Iraqi territory. Last June the Wall Street Journal carried an important report, based on conclusions reached by US officials, that a May 14 drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry originated in southern Iraq. According to the Journal, when challenged by the United States, Iraqi officials requested more information and claimed there was no conclusive evidence the attacks originated on their territory.

There are a number of Iranian-guided Shia militias in Iraq that have received drones from Iran. Former senior Iraqi officials in Washington, who are opponents of the current Iraqi government they view as compromised by Iran, believe the likely culprit is Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba (Movement of the Party of God’s Nobles). Hezbollah al-Nujaba had been heavily involved in the fighting in Syria and has received from Iran and operated a drone called the Yasir UAV (drone), based on the US Boeing-Insitu ScanEagle.
Hit the long article — oh and Brent Crude was up %17 by 9 PM EDT.
Backgrounder from 2017: ‘Hezbollah Nujaba’: The Iraqi militia helping Iran carve a road to Damascus
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#1 Israeli Intel obviously can't say "We saw this but didn't warn you." (I doubt that was the scenario in any case.) They can offer resources going forward.
Posted by M. Murcek 2019-09-16 07:15||   2019-09-16 07:15|| Front Page Top

#2 Hard to create such effective damage with a few semi-guided munitions of the kind militias usually have or with the skills they possess. Either ‘cover’ for insider sabotage or done with Iranian military materials and assistance.
Posted by Glenmore  2019-09-16 07:55||   2019-09-16 07:55|| Front Page Top

#3 One wonders if the pirated US drone may have dramatically enhanced their GPS targeting technology? Land based clandestine recon and cruise missile upgrades from some axis of evil friends (NorK/Chicom/Russian Slavs)? Technology fingerprint may be more important than point of origin.
Posted by NoMoreBS 2019-09-16 12:49||   2019-09-16 12:49|| Front Page Top

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