Bahrain: Iran Regime Responsible for Terror Attack on Oil Pipeline
NCRI - The Bahraini Interior Ministry declared that the Iranian Regime ordered the attack on a major oil pipeline between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia on November 10, and called it an “act of sabotage and a dangerous act of terrorism”.
The Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed tweeted: “The attempt to bomb the Saudi-Bahraini oil pipeline is a dangerous Iranian escalation that aims to scare citizens and hurt the global oil industry… Iran is targeting us all.”
The explosion, in the village of Buri, about eight miles southeast of Manama, engulfed vehicles and buildings in flames and forced authorities to temporarily evacuate residents.
As a result of the explosion, the pipeline was unable to deliver 460,000 barrels of oil (the average amount for a two-day period) to Saudi Arabia.
The Iranian Regime is heavily involved in a proxy war against a Saudi-led coalition of Arab nations and has attacked Saudi troops or interests in Bahrain, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen and Saudi Arabia.
This attack wasn’t even the first time that week that the Iranian Regime had attacked Saudi Arabia. On November 4, when Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen launched an Iranian-made ballistic missile at Riyadh’s international airport.
On November 13, Bahraini politicians issued a statement linking the incidents.
Until 1970, Iran controlled Bahrain but renounced its sovereignty after the island declared itself independent in a referendum.
The Regime, which took power in 1979, refused to recognise Bahraini independence and pretend that it was all a Western conspiracy against Iran. They are consistently trying to take Bahrain back and make it an Iranian province.
That’s why the Iranian Regime has been funding, training, and arming Shiite militants in Bahrain, who are fighting against the Sunni leaders.
A threat to oil and the US
Iran is attempting to position itself as one of the biggest oil markets in the Middle East, which is why they helped Iraq remove Kurdish people from their land in order to access the oil field there and why they are underselling Saudi oil at every turn.
Simon Henderson, of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said: “In the Gulf region as a whole—still the most important source of oil for the world economy—all oil and gas installations are vulnerable to sabotage and particularly military attack. The Bahrain pipeline incident should be a wake-up call for all players not to take comparative calm—and consequent low prices—for granted.”
It is also believed that Iran wanted to scare the US military away from the Middle East, as one of the US’s regional naval bases is only seven miles from the explosion site.