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World Iran is doubling down on the missile strategy that took out 5% of the world's oil supply

23:35  05 december  2019
23:35  05 december  2019 Source:   businessinsider.com

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Twenty percent of the global oil supply flows past Iran through the Strait of Hormuz. Oil production in the United States grew an extraordinary 17 percent last year. The surge has changed the dynamics of the world ’ s oil market, which has long taken its cues from OPEC, the cartel of oil producers that

Iran supplies the Houthis with weapons, including missiles and drones. While debris in the desert doesn’t appear to be from Soumar missiles , they On the plus side, U. S . E-2D Advanced Hawkeye and E-3 Sentry airborne early warning and control aircraft might have detected a swarm of low-flying

Iran is doubling down on the success of last summer's cruise missile attack on two Saudi oil facilities by positioning advanced weapons around the Middle East from Yemen to Lebanon, a NATO intelligence official based in the region told Business Insider.

  Iran is doubling down on the missile strategy that took out 5% of the world's oil supply © President.ir/Handout via REUTERS

"The Iranians learned that they have a longer leash for conducting operations against the Saudis and UAE than they realized under the Trump administration," said the intelligence official from a NATO state. The official cannot be named because they are on active duty and lack permission to speak on the matter from their government.

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Countries like Iran , North Korea and Pakistan have robust missile development programs. The missile was fired by Houthi rebels, a Shiite militia that took control of large parts of Yemen three years ago and The Scud and its variations have become some of the most common missiles in the world .

The source claims that Iran is launching an aggressive expansion by pushing out advanced missiles and components to Iran's allies and proxies in Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. That claim has been verified by a slew of recent public statements by US military and intelligence officials.

"The Iranians did not expect a complete lack of response to the attacks on Abqaiq-Khurais oil fields from the United States," the official said of the attacks, which knocked around 5% of the world's oil supply offline.

"It appears to have been as much a test of American and NATO reactions as it was a warning to everyone that Iran can do far more damage to Western interests in the Gulf than the US is willing to do to Iran in return."

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Iran of being behind what he called “an unprecedented attack on the world ’ s energy supply ” and asserted that there was “no American and Saudi officials suspect that Iran has dispatched technicians to Yemen to train the Houthis on drone and missile technology.

Nevertheless, Iran continued to discuss the impact of shutting the Strait on world oil markets, saying The Iranian Navy carried out Velayat 91, a six-day exercises held in the Strait of Hormuz that began A closure of the Strait of Hormuz would inflate oil prices, not only in the west, but in Asian countries

Iran has pushed out increasingly sophisticated guided missile and cruise missile systems to their allies in recent years.

On Wednesday, the US Navy announced that an unflagged ship filled with missile components bound for Iran's Yemeni allies, the Houthis, had been seized last month.

In a statement to NBC News, a Pentagon official said that the seizure of the ship was the seventh such seizure in five years, and contained by far the most advanced missile guidance components. The ship itself was described as a light craft that was not flying a flag, but was crewed by Yemenis.

Iran claimed the Saudi oil attack was a Houthi operation, but US officials have repeatedly claimed that it came from southwestern Iran, and the cruise missiles used flew first over Iraq before turning southeast into Saudi Arabia.

On Wednesday, US military and intelligence officials confirmed to the New York Times that Iran was using the continuing political crisis in Iraq to send advanced missile systems to their Shiite militia proxies, who have often been targeted by demonstrators. Iraq is in the midst of deadly demonstrations that have roiled the country's political landscape.

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Iran ’ s announcement this week that it would soon breach one of the key limits it had agreed to in a They called on the president to seek congressional authorization before taking any military action. He described Iran ’ s downing of the drone, which costs about 0 million, as a “logical albeit highly

Oil tankers passing through the Strait of Hormuz, described as the world ’ s most important oil choke point. Helima Croft, global head of commodity strategy at RBC Capital Markets, an investment bank, notes The other Gulf producers, including Iran , are more dependent on the strait for their exports

Ruhollah Khomeini, Ali Khamenei are posing for a picture© Associated Press

The US announcement comes at little shock to countries region, as Israel has targeted such transfers of missiles and advanced gear in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon with scores of airstrikes over the past few years.

Israel has consistently claimed that such transfers represent a red line that cannot be crossed without a strong Israeli military response.

But despite these efforts, one Hezbollah commander in Beirut reached by encrypted messenger claimed that the Israeli strikes have offered little more than an inconvenience to a powerful network of like-minded Iranian allies.

"The resistance has better missiles and equipment than it did last year, or the year before that," said the commander, who commands dozens of fighters in Beirut's southern suburbs and works in counterintelligence operations.

"The Americans and Zionists [Israeli nationalists] have stopped some transfers but they can't stop all of them. If they hit something there was probably five transfers that were not hit.

"We control the land in these places and the Israelis have never learned that controlling the air isn't enough when your enemy controls the land."

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The September attack on Saudi Aramco's facilities that temporarily shut down half of the kingdom's oil production represented an act of war by the Iranian state, U.S. special representative to Iran Brian Hook told CNBC on Saturday. © Provided by CNBC LLC Brian Hook, Special Representative for Iran and Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State, at the United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) 2018 Iran Summit in New York City.

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