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The September 14 attack on Saudi targets in Abqaiq and Khurais was the most comprehensive blow against the global energy sector since Iraq’s seizure of Kuwait in 1990 and the subsequent destruction of both countries’ energy infrastructures. Now, as then, US and international commitment to the security of global energy supplies is being tested.
The attack, which knocked out more than half of the Saudi oil output, may force the U.S. to tap into its own oil reserves to keep the markets well supplied.
Turkey sees Saudi Arabia as a key rival and is attempting to milk the Khashoggi murder to inflict as much damage on Saudi Arabia as it can, as well as pump up the international status of the Islamist Erdogan government in Ankara
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