Rocket and drone strikes fired by Iran-backed Houthi rebels at Saudi targets last week - including at Aramco oil facilities - were successfully shot down by Saudi air defenses, according to the Wall Street Journal which cited Saudi officials.
Saudi Arabia's deputy defense minister Prince Khalid bin Salman held several meetings with top U.S. officials yesterday in Washington, D.C., including Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and President Donald Trump.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has instructed his younger brother and deputy defense minister Prince Khalid bin Salman to travel to Washington and London to "urge restraint" after the killing of a top Iranian commander has sent regional tensions soaring.
The United States said new evidence and analysis of weapons debris recovered from an attack on Saudi oil facilities on Sept. 14 "indicates the strike likely came from the north, reinforcing its earlier assessment that Iran was behind the offensive," Reuters reports in an exclusive.
Tensions simmered with Iran over the weekend as Saudi Arabia, the United States and allies made it clear war should be avoided at all costs but that they would respond to security threats and defend their interests if necessary.
A personal call between President Donald Trump and King Salman Saudi Arabia helped to finalize an agreement in which the Kingdom will buy Lockheed Martin’s $15 billion THAAD missile defense system, according to reports.