Middle East File: Iran, Saudi Arabia on verge of regional war after Washington blames Tehran for devastating Sept. 14 attacks against state-run Aramco crude processing facility in Abqaiq and oilfield in Khurais, in NE region of kingdom, Saudi oil production decimated by 50%, global production by 5%; Iran-backed Yemen-based Houthi rebels initially claim responsibility for attacks by deploying 10 drones against Saudi facilities however White House refutes militia claims, insists attacks launched from Iranian soil, 17 points of impact originated from across Persian Gulf; VP Mike Pence, Def. Sec. Mark Esper attend emergency National Security Council meeting on Sept. 15, discuss military options; Sec. of State Mike Pompeo tweets: “Iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply. There is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen”; Energy Sec. Rick Perry: “I want to reiterate that the United States wholeheartedly condemns Iran’s attack on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and we call on other nations to do the same . . . they must be held responsible”; Iran’s staunch ally Russia warns USA against intervention, Aramco attacks follows June 20 shoot-down of USAF RQ-4A Global Hawk drone over Strait of Hormuz, US blamed Iran for incident; Iranian navy on patrol in Hormuz, seizes second tanker in as many weeks, crew charged with smuggling 250,000 liters of fuel

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Just as Syria became a client state of the Soviet Union/Russia in 1971, Iran became a puppet of the Moscow Leninists in 1979, after the Islamic Revolution. Now Tehran seeks full membership in the Moscow/Beijing-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization . . . only improving the Kremlin’s ability to stir the pot in the Middle East.

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