These latest tanker attacks will escalate already rising tensions in the immediate aftermath of the attack on Abha International Airport.
King Salman delivered his remarks at Arab summits in Mecca that were hastily convened after a spike in tensions between Saudi Arabia and its rival Iran.
In an interview for CNN, Iran’s Foreign Minister warned the U.S. of the consequences of deploying forces to the Middle East. “Having all these military assets in a small area is in of itself prone to accidents,” Zarif said. “Extreme prudence is required and the United States is playing a very, very dangerous game.”
On Thursday, an editorial in Saudi Arabia’s Arab News demanded: “[T]here has to be deterrent and punitive action in order for Iran to know that no sinister act will go unpunished; that action, in our opinion, should be a calculated surgical strike.”
In a dawn raid Tuesday, two pump stations on Saudi Arabia’s most strategically important pipeline “were attacked by armed drone,” causing a fire that was soon extinguished. Saudi Arabia’s energy minister, Khalid al-Falih, in a statement, called it “terrorism and sabotage.”
An investigation by Citizen Labs has revealed that a group dubbed Endless Mayfly has been impersonating major media sites, using fake Twitter accounts to spread false articles and targeting journalists with fake stories.
On Monday, the U.S. government took the “historic step” to designate part of the Iranian government a terrorist organization. This is the first time the U.S. has taken this step against a foreign government entity.
Terrorism financing originating in Saudi Arabia has been a significant source of funds for international terrorist organizations, including al-Qaeda.
A group of 9/11 families said that moving a sculpture depicting the Saudi Arabian flag from the World Trade Center campus was the "right thing to do."