“General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region. General Soleimani and his Quds Force were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more. He had orchestrated attacks on coalition bases in Iraq over the last several months – including the attack on December 27th – culminating in the death and wounding of additional American and Iraqi personnel. General Soleimani also approved the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad that took place this week…This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans. The United States will continue to take all necessary action to protect our people and our interests wherever they are around the world.”

The U.S. Department of Defense, in a statement last night confirming that it had taken “decisive defensive action” by killing Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force. [Defense.gov]


Saudi Arabia Mum on Soleimani Death So Far


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Trumps Drone Strike on Iran General May Escalate Attacks on Saudi Oil Targets, Experts Say: This Is a Seismic Event

Via Shane Croucher in newsweek.com : Oil market watchers fear a new round of Iranian attacks on energy infrastructure following Americas assassination overnight of one of Tehrans most senior generals in an escalating tit-for-tat conflict that threatens to send oil prices spiraling.

Saudi Arabia sets out night shift labor code

Via Aseel Bashraheel in arabnews.com: “People want variety, if you look at delivery services that actually operate late, you’ll come up short with a few fast food options. People want more, especially in cities with nightlife like Jeddah. We did well with delivery, so I’m optimistic about operating the restaurant as a whole.”

$2.4 Bn Contracts to Develop Jeddah Islamic Port

in aawsat.com : Established in 1976, the Jeddah Islamic Port is on the Red Sea and the largest port in Saudi Arabia with annual volumes of over 6 million TEUs. The Port currently handles approximately 60 percent of the countrys sea-imports and is a strategic hub that connects East-West cargo.



Saudi Aramco IPO

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Killing of top Iranian military commander elicits praise, worry from Congress

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Global Oil Markets

Brent jumps $3 after U.S. kills Iran’s Soleimani

Brent crude LCOc1 rose as high as $69.50 a barrel, its highest since mid-September when Saudi oil facilities were attacked, and was up 4.2% or...[By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin via reuters.com]


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Ten Strategists on What U.S.-Iran Escalation Means for Markets

The shock news comes after most asset classes had a stellar 2019, with U.S. equities capping one of the best years of the past decade....[By Joanna Ossinger and Yakob Peterseil via bloomberg.com]


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Carlos Ghosn might not be as safe in Lebanon as he thought

“If he thinks that he actually could be protected here, it’s not going to happen, because according to Lebanese law he visited Israel, which is...[By Liz Sly, Simon Denyer and Suzan Haidamous via washingtonpost.com]


Turkey in the Region

Turkish parliament passes Libya deployment bill, but troops unlikely for now

Turkey’s parliament on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill that allows troops to be deployed in Libya, in a move that paves the way for further...[By Tuvan Gumrukcu, Orhan Coskun and Ece Toksabay via reuters.com]


Yemen Civil War

Yemen rebels urge ‘swift reprisals’ for Soleimani killing

Yemen's pro-Tehran rebels, who control the capital Sanaa, called Friday for "swift reprisals" for the killing of senior Iranian commander Major General Qasem Soleimani in...[]


Patriot Sale

Lockheed nabs $114M deal to deliver Patriot missiles to UAE

Lockheed Martin has received a $114 million contract to accelerate delivery of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles to United Arab Emirates through the Foreign Military Sales...[By Christen McCurdy via upi.com]


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