Saudi oil strikes: Will Gulf ‘powder-keg’ detonate?

Al Jazeera - Sep 17, 2019

Eckart Woertz, an expert on Gulf security and energy markets at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, said the attacks appeared to deviate from Iran’s playbook. “This was not just a proxy group bombing a pipeline that could be quickly repaired, this was a very central piece of Saudi infrastructure. Until now, the Iranians had played their escalation adroitly. But this was such an extraordinary escalation that Trump would have little choice but to retaliate. What is Iran’s calculation here, and do they have a Plan B?”.

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