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The Saudis say these cruise missile parts from the oil plant attacks are 'undeniable' proof of Iran's secret hand

The Saudis say these cruise missile parts from the oil plant attacks are 'undeniable' proof of Iran's secret hand
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  • At a news conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, Saudi Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Turki al-Malki presented what he alleged is wreckage from Iranian drones and missiles from an attack Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil facilities on Saturday.
  • Al-Malki said that the weapons used in Saturday's attacks are Iranian Ya Ali missiles and Delta Wing drones. But there is a possibility that it is another weapon entirely, researcher Fabian Hinz writes in Arms Control Wonk.
  • Hinz's examination of the wreckage indicated that it was a Quds 1 missile. This missile hasn't been seen in Iran, but it's possible that Iran is producing them - or their components - there. They could be supplied to proxies or fired by Iranian forces.
  • Iran has continued to deny responsibility for the attack. 
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On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia's Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Turki al-Malki presented evidence from a Saudi investigation into attacks on its state-owned oil facilities on Saturday, telling reporters that the wreckage of drones and missiles is "undeniable" evidence that Iran supported the attack, Al-Jazeera reports.

"The attack was launched from the north and unquestionably sponsored by Iran," al-Malki said. "The evidence ... that you have seen in front of you makes this undeniable."

"The Iranian regime and the IRGC [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps], they are trying to hide any evidence" of involvement, he said. "We do have a lot of evidence against the IRGC and we will provide it to the United Nations and through the right channel according to the international law."

However, al-Malki stopped short of saying that Iran was directly responsible for the attacks that brought the Saudi  oil industry to its knees this week.

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