Saudi Arabia reportedly considers the drone attack on its oil industry, which killed no one, to be 'their 9/11'
- Saudi Arabia's ruling family considers Saturday's drone attack on an oil facility "their 9/11," a senior US official in the region reportedly said.
- Donald Trump's Iran envoy Brian Hook made the comment to Capitol Hill staffers on Monday, CNN and The Daily Beast reported, citing sources on the call.
- Saturday's drone attack hit 5% of the world's daily oil supply, and took more than five million barrels of oil offline per day.
- There were no human casualties in the attack. Almost 3,000 people were killed in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
- Saudi Aramco hoped to restore one third of production by Monday. The Department of Energy will give an update at 8:00 p.m. local time (1:00 p.m. ET) on Tuesday.
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Saudi Arabia's ruling family reportedly considers Saturday's devastating drone attack on the world's largest oil facility "their 9/11."
Donald Trump's special representative for Iran, Brian Hook, made the comment to administration staff during a call on Monday, CNN national security reporter Zachary Cohen wrote on Twitter, citing sources privy to the call.Cohen tweeted: "Hook told staffers that the Saudis view this attack as 'their 9/11'."
Saturday's attack hit 5% of the world's daily oil supply, and took more than five million barrels of oil per day offline. There were no human casualties.
The Daily Beast also reported on Hook's comments Monday, citing sources with knowledge of the call.
Trump was also made aware that the Saudis considered the attack akin to 9/11, according to a source who spoke with The Daily Beast. The source said he "appeared 'unmoved' by the analogy."
Hussein Ibish, senior scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute, told The Daily Beast the comparison was no exaggeration.
"From an American perspective, it seems like a trivialization of the tragedy of 9/11, and perhaps offensively so, but from a Saudi point of view it is a way of explaining their shock to Americans."
2,977 civilians and 19 terrorists were killed on September 11, 2001, when hijackers crashed planes into the twin towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi citizens affiliated with al-Qaeda.
Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs publicly called the attack an "egregious crime, which threatens international peace and security" on Monday.
Oil is the cornerstone of the kingdom's economy, and has been the vehicle for fast-paced technological advances in recent years.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced plans to diversify the kingdom away from a dependence on oil in 2016, but the ministry's response to the attack casts light on just how important Saudi Aramco is to the regime.Read more: From an unexplored desert to a $2 trillion IPO: The 84-year history of Saudi Aramco in pictures
Saudi Aramco had hoped to restore one third of daily production by Monday, a source told the Wall Street Journal, but it is unclear if it has been able to do so.
The Saudi Department of Energy will give an update on the damage at 8:00 p.m. local time (1:00 p.m. ET) on Tuesday.
Hook told staffers that the Saudis view this attack as "their 9/11," two sources said.- Zachary Cohen (@ZcohenCNN) September 16, 2019
One source said Hook noted the attack hasn't changed Trump's openness re engagement with the Iranians & also rejected the notion that the attack could be the work of an IRGC rogue element.