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Is Saudi Arabia’s glitter beginning to fade?

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20.09.2019

The largest oil exporting country in the Middle East announced last weekend that its Abqaiq petroleum processing facilities and Khurais oil field were attacked by a number of missiles and rockets, causing a huge fire and a 50 per cent cut in its daily oil production. Saudi Arabia’s Aramco said that the attack was behind the largest price hike in recent years.

The main importer of Saudi oil is the US, the self-appointed guardian of the global energy market. The US views Saudi Arabia as a close ally; the whole world has seen what that means, with President Donald Trump turning a blind eye to Saudi’s disastrous human rights record under the de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman. The list of crimes includes the murder of Washington-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi almost a year ago.

US President Donald Trump protects the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman [Twitter]

US President Donald Trump protects the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman [Twitter]

Hence, the US was expected to respond to the attack in Saudi Arabia in order to maintain the flow of oil, protect the energy market and keep Riyadh on side and strong. However, its response did not meet those expectations.

Immediately after the attack, Trump said that he was waiting for the government in Riyadh to identify those responsible. He tweeted that the US knows the attacker, “but [we] are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to........

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