The Latest PM says Iraq territory not used in Saudi attacks

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The Latest on the tensions in the Persian Gulf a day after Iran-backed Yemeni rebels attacked major oil sites in Saudi Arabia (all times local):1:15 p.m.Iraq is denying that its country was the site from where Yemeni-rebel drones were launched to attack Saudi oil installations.The statement came from Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi’s office on Sunday.It says Iraq would act “decisively” if anyone tried to use its territory to attack other countries.U.S. officials previously alleged at least one recent drone attack on Saudi Arabia came from Iraq, where Iran backs Shiite militias, something denied by Baghdad. Those militias in recent weeks have been targeted themselves by mysterious airstrikes, with at least one believed to have been carried out by Israel.___12:10 p.m.Iran’s Foreign Ministry has dismissed the U.S. accusation that it was behind an attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure the day before, calling it part of Washington’s policy of “maximum lies.”Abbas Mousavi made the statement on Sunday.He says Washington adopted a ‘maximum pressure’ policy against Iran but because of “its failure, (the U.S.) is leaning toward ‘maximum lies’” now.Saturday’s drone attacks by Iranian-backed Yemeni rebels have halted about half of Saudi oil supplies after hitting the kingdom’s biggest oil processing facility and a major oil field.They set off huge fires and led to a suspension of “production operations” at the Abqaiq facility and the Khurais field.President Donald Trump called the Saudi crown prince after the attack, expressing U.S. support for the kingdom’s security and stability.The Associated Press

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