Saudi Oil Facilities Attacked by Terrorists Removed from FTO Watch List by Biden
Iranian extremists launch attack after taken off Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) list
A group of Iranian terrorists has attacked oil facilities in Saudi Arabia after Democrat Joe Biden took them off the terror watch list.
The group claimed credit for Friday's attack on Saudi energy facilities after Biden removed them from the official Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) list.
"At (1725), Saudi Aramco’s Bulk Plant in Jeddah was targeted with an act of aggression, the early indications of which suggest that it was targeted by the terrorist, Iran-backed Houthi militia,” the Saudi Press Agency said in a statement.
"A fire erupted in (2) tanks in the oil facility; the fire was controlled, and no injuries or loss of life were recorded.
"This hostile escalation targets oil facilities and aims to undermine energy security and the backbone of global economy.
"These hostile attacks had no impact or repercussions in any way, shape or form on public life in Jeddah City.”
The attacks came as Jeddah is hosting the Formula One Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, which will go ahead as planned this weekend.
The Houthi extremists later claimed responsibility for the attacks, saying that they “did several attacks with drones and ballistic missiles” in Saudi Arabia, including an “Aramco installation in Jeddah (and) vital installations in Riyadh.”
#UPDATE Iran-backed Huthi rebels: "We did several attacks with drones and ballistic missiles" in Saudi Arabia, including an "Aramco installation in Jeddah (and) vital installations in Riyadh" pic.twitter.com/RqZNBXOGz5— AFP News Agency (@AFP) March 25, 2022
Videos that circulated online showed massive plumes of smoke above the facilities that were hit.
The Houthis struck an Aramaco facility in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia a while ago. The KSA's foreign ministry signaled earlier this week that Houthi attacks were taking a toll on the production of oil. Today's attack will likely exacerbate the problem. pic.twitter.com/HqyYsJ0ytH— Joe Truzman (@JoeTruzman) March 25, 2022
Houthi rebels have struck an Aramco oil facility in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. This is the third week in a row where the Iran-backed organization has attacked Saudi energy facilities as a part of an effort to force KSA to stop prohibiting the entry of fuel into #Yemen. pic.twitter.com/79olZgqGF5— Joe Truzman (@JoeTruzman) March 25, 2022
HUGE columns of fire rise from Aramco oil facilities that came under attack by the Houthi terrorist today - Al Ekhbariya TV— حسن سجواني 🇦🇪 Hassan Sajwani (@HSajwanization) March 25, 2022
The Associated Press reported:
Meanwhile, Saudi state TV also acknowledged attacks in one town targeting water tanks that damaged vehicles and homes.
Another attack targeted an electrical substation in an area of southwestern Saudi Arabia near the Yemeni border, state TV said.
The North Jiddah Bulk Plant stores diesel, gasoline and jet fuel for use in Jiddah, the kingdom’s second-largest city.
It accounts for over a quarter of all of Saudi Arabia’s supplies and also supplies fuel crucial to running a regional desalination plant.
The Houthis have twice targeted the North Jiddah plant with cruise missiles.
One attack came in November 2020.
The last came on Sunday as part of a wider barrage by the Houthis.
The Trump administration designated the Houthis, also known as Ansarallah, as an FTO and a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under the leadership of former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
The Biden administration quickly reversed the terrorist designation after taking over in early 2021.
The Council on Foreign Relations noted:
The main defense of the Trump administration decision to call the Houthis terrorists is that they repeatedly commit acts of terrorism. QED.
And the main critique of the Biden administration’s revocation of that decision is equally simple: the Houthis have long committed, and continue to commit, acts of terror.
They should be designated an FTO because they are an FTO.
"These designations will provide additional tools to confront terrorist activity and terrorism by Ansarallah, a deadly Iran-backed militia group in the Gulf region,” Pompeo said in a statement at the time.
"The designations are intended to hold Ansarallah accountable for its terrorist acts, including cross-border attacks threatening civilian populations, infrastructure, and commercial shipping.”