Graham: US should consider strike on Iranian oil refineries after attack on Saudi Arabia

Source: The Hill | September 14, 2019 | Tal Axelrod

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a prominent foreign policy hawk, said the U.S. should consider striking Iranian oil refineries in response to new attacks on Saudi oil refineries by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels.

“It is now time for the U.S. to put on the table an attack on Iranian oil refineries if they continue their provocations or increase nuclear enrichment,” Graham tweeted.

“Iran will not stop their misbehavior until the consequences become more real, like attacking their refineries, which will break the regime’s back,” he added.

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His tweet comes the same day as Houthi rebels in Yemen launched drone strikes against two oil refineries deep into Saudi territory in response to Riyadh’s air campaign against the rebel group.

“Air Force of the Yemeni Army and Popular Committees, Saturday morning carried out a large-scale operation with 10 drones, targeting Abqaiq and Khurais refineries east of Saudi Arabia,” Brig. Gen. Yahya Sare’e said, adding that operations will “expand” and be “more painful” as Saudi Arabia continues its military efforts in Yemen.

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