Iran, Saudi Arabia and the ‘Trump variable’

Al-Monitor | : An attack on Saudi Arabia’s  Aramco oil facilities Sept. 14 and the subsequent brief slide in Saudi crude output quickly grabbed world headlines and sent Saudi-Iran tensions soaring once again.

Yemeni Houthi fighters claimed responsibility for the strike, which was perhaps the largest-scale operation by the Shia group during Yemen’s 4½-year-old civil war. During that time, the Houthis have targeted Saudi interests with sophisticated missiles.

In the immediate aftermath of the Aramco strike, both Saudi Arabia and the United States blamed Iran, further straining Riyadh-Tehran ties already stretched by a series of fast-paced hostile developments. Yet calls for deescalation from Saudi Arabia are now growing here and there.

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