Saudi Arabia Accuses Iran of Ordering Drone Attack on Oil Pipeline

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Saudi Arabia shared the concerns of its fellow Sunni Muslim ally that Shi'ite Iran has for a long time been undermining stability in the region, Gargash said, and the US commitment to its allies in the region is "very strong".

On Tuesday, Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid al-Falih said that at 6-6:30 a.m. local time drones had hit two pumping stations of the pipeline used to deliver oil from the oil deposits in the East of the kingdom to the port of Yanbu in the West.

Early Thursday, residents in Yemen's capital of Sana'a said a wave of airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition hit rebel Houthi targets, as well as a residential house in the city. At least 40 other people were wounded, according to Yemen's Health Ministry.

"The attack by the Iranian-backed Houthi militias against the two Aramco pumping stations proves that these militias are merely a tool that Iran's regime uses to implement its expansionist agenda in the region, and not to protect the people of Yemen as the Houthis falsely claim".

Thursday's airstrikes came after Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels, who control the capital, launched a drone attack Tuesday on a critical oil pipeline in Saudi Arabia, Tehran's biggest rival in the region.

Zarif's comments came after the United States on Wednesday ordered non-emergency staff evacuated from its Baghdad embassy due to an "imminent" threat from Iranian-linked Iraqi militias. A high-ranking British general said there was no new threat from Iran or its regional proxies, something immediately rebutted by the USA military's Central Command, which said its troops were on high alert, without elaborating.

Iran accused the United States Thursday of an "unacceptable" escalation of tensions and said Tehran was showing "maximum restraint" despite Washington's withdrawal from a nuclear deal with world powers.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, left, and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono shake hands at the Prime Minister's official residence in Tokyo on May 16, 2019.

Pakistan has been a key ally of the United States in its war on terror since 2001 and it also enjoys good relations with neighboring Iran.

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He said that the American deployment in the Gulf was an attempt to exert political pressure on Tehran to force it to negotiate. The Iranian commander also claimed the US would not dare take military action against Iran but did not elaborate.

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Iran's foreign minister says his country is committed to an global nuclear deal but that the escalating USA sanctions are "unacceptable". Iraq is home to powerful pro-Iranian militias, while also hosting more than 5,000 U.S. troops.

The United Arab Emirates "won't jump the gun" to accuse Iran of sabotaging ships off its coast, a senior government official said, as rising tensions in the Gulf stoke concerns that the region is teetering on the brink of another war.

Despite attempts to calm the rhetoric about a potential conflict, on Wednesday, the US State Department ordered all "non-emergency US government employees" to leave Iraq; German and Dutch armed forces suspended training operations in Iraq.

A senior British officer in the US -backed coalition fighting ISIS appeared to push back against the USA claims, telling reporters earlier in the week that there had been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria. Maj. Gargash declined to directly blame Iran for the attack, though he repeatedly criticized Tehran.

Al-Jazeera said the US was aware of the trip in advance, but did not elaborate further.

Speaking about Iran's nuclear deal with world powers, Zarif was quoted as also saying: "A multilateral deal can not be treated unilaterally". Though Iran maintains its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, scientists say the time needed to reach the 90% threshold for weapons-grade uranium is halved once uranium is enriched to around 20%.

Meanwhile, the Qatar-funded satellite news broadcaster Al-Jazeera said Qatar is trying to "defuse escalating tensions". Bottom left: The A. Michel tanker, under the flag of the UAE was one of the four tankers damaged in the "sabotage attacks".

It asked it followers: "Should a war erupt against Iran, is Qatar likely to side with Tehran or with Saudi Arabia and its allies?"

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