Two major oil facilities were attacked by Yemeni Houthi rebels in what was an “unprecedented” hit on oil reserves in the country. A rebel spokesman confirmed the attack by 10 drones and resulted in halving the country’s daily oil production.
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Following that bold attack, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova ridiculed Washington over its missile systems which failed to protect the oil sites.
Ms Zakharova boasted that the “brilliant US air defense systems could not repel an attack”.
The official also reminded onlookers over how "the fantastic U.S. missiles that failed to hit a target more than a year ago”.
She also added: “These are all links in a chain.Russia-US news: Russia aims attack on US Russia-US news: Maria Zakharova ridiculed the US defence system
“This self-exposure is happening in a specific region in the context of what the US is doing and can offer the modern world.”
In response to the attack, Donald Trump announced that the US would send additional troops to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
General Joseph Dunford admitted that the delivery of troops and missile defence equipment is the first step in bolstering support in the region.
He added: “No single system is going to be able to defend against a threat like that.
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“But a layered system of defensive capabilities would mitigate the risk of swarms of drones or other attacks that may come from Iran.”
Although Iran has denied any involvement in the attack, speaking soon after the attack, Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo labelled the Islamic Republic as the perpetrator of the strike.
Mr Pompeo said: “Tehran is behind nearly 100 attacks on Saudi Arabia while Rouhani and Zarif pretend to engage in diplomacy.
“Amid all the calls for de-escalation, Iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply.
“There is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen.”
The Houthi rebel movement is aligned with Iran and has been fighting the Yemen Government and a Saudi-led coalition.
Although Tehran had denied involvement in the attack, this recent strike is just the latest of escalations in the region.
Saudi Arabia and the US both blamed Iran for attacks on two Saudi-flagged oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.Middle East Cold War
In the wake of that, a US drone was shot down over the Strait of Hormuz in June.
Due to the downing of the drone, the Pentagon announced the deployment of US troops to Saudi Arabia.
With the increased troops in the region, Iran has warned foreign forces to stay out of the Middle East.Russia-US: Rouhani issued the warning
President of the Islamic Republic, Hasan Rouhani had declared that foreign forces had only brought “pain and misery” to the region.
He added: “Your presence has always brought pain and misery for the region.
“The farther you keep yourselves from our region and our nations, the more security there ill be for our region.”