U.S. would ‘like to avoid’ war with Iran

We’re covering U.S. and Saudi officials’ response to the attacks on oil facilities, what looks like a close election in Israel and the “Jim Morrison of poets.”
By Melina Delkic
Houthi rebel fighters in Sana, Yemen, in August. United Nations experts say that Iran has supplied the group with drones and missiles.  Hani Mohammed/Associated Press

U.S. would ‘like to avoid’ war with Iran

Saudi Arabia and the U.S. are moving closer to blaming Iran for the weekend attack on Saudi oil facilities. But they appear to want to avoid military confrontation.
Asked if Iran was responsible, President Trump said, “It’s looking that way.” But he stopped short of a definitive accusation.
Mr. Trump also said that he would “like to avoid” a military conflict with Tehran, but warned that the U.S. was prepared for war if necessary.
While the Saudis said they would “forcefully respond to these aggressions,” they also stopped short of directly blaming Iran and did not call for immediate retaliation.
Go deeper: We analyzed satellite photos, comparing them to independent sources, to determine what they show about the attack and what they leave unclear.
Impact: Oil prices jumped faster than at any time in over a decade. The attack on Saudi Arabia’s Abqaiq plant, which accounts for 5 percent of global oil supplies, and a nearby facility took 5.7 million barrels a day of production offline for at least a few days.

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