Iranian Drones and Missile Used in the ‘Oil’ Attack (Photos); No Sanctions on Turkey over S-400 Purchase
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on September 19 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Saudi Arabia’s Defense Ministry displays Iranian drones, cruise missiles used in Aramco attacks
Saudi Arabia displayed Iranian drones and cruise missiles that it said were used in an attack against Aramco facilities at the weekend.
The attacks were “unquestionably” sponsored by Iran but investigations are still underway to pinpoint the exact launch location, defense ministry spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said at a news conference in Riyadh.
#LIVE: Stay tuned to Arab News as Saudi Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki is about to hold a press conference to provide information about Iranian weapons used in Saturday’s attack on #Aramco #SaudiArabiahttps://t.co/6og8ww8GdY pic.twitter.com/3Lbpi4wCVu— Arab News (@arabnews) 18 септември 2019 г.
However he said that the strikes came from north of the targets and not from Yemen, where Houthi militants claimed they had been launched from on Saturday.
“The attack was launched from the north and unquestionably sponsored by Iran,” he told a news conference. “The evidence … that you have seen in front of you, makes this undeniable.”
“The precision impact of the cruise missile indicates advanced capability beyond the capacity of Iran’s proxies. The targeting direction of the site indicates a north-to-south direction of travel.”
Eighteen drones and three missiles were launched against Abqaiq, the location of the world’s largest oil-processing facility, but the missiles “fell short” of the target, Al-Maliki said. A further four missiles targeted the Khurais oil field, he added.
U.S. unlikely to impose sanctions on Turkey over Russian buy – Turkish official
U.S. President Donald Trump has become more understanding about why Turkey has purchased a Russian missile defence system and he is not expected to impose U.S. sanctions on Ankara over the issue, a senior Turkish official said on Wednesday.
“My expectation is it (sanctions) would not be implemented,” the senior official told reporters in Washington, adding that Trump had grown to empathize more with Ankara’s position. “He understood the whole history behind how we got to purchasing the S-400s,” she said.
Ankara and Washington have been at loggerheads over Turkey’s purchase of the S-400 system, which the United States says is incompatible with NATO defences and poses a threat to Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 “stealth” fighter jet that Turkey was also planning to purchase and in which it had been a production partner.
Turkey says it is facing multiple threats from Syria and is in urgent need of a comprehensive defence system.
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Source: Reuters, Arab News