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Did Saudi Arabia Know an Attack was Coming?

On September 14th 2019, a combination of drone and missile attacks targeted Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure at the Abqaiq and Khurais Aramco facilities, cutting the country’s oil production by over 50% and leading to the largest spike in the price of oil ever recorded . The attack was particularly embarrassing for Riyadh because billions of dollars' worth of air-defense systems were thwarted by drones that may have cost as little as $15,000 . A year later, the expert consensus seems to be that the attack was successful because the Saudis were caught off guard, with the element of surprise giving the assailants a decisive edge.  An open source analysis of radar interference from Saudi Arabian air defenses suggests that the Kingdom might actually have been expecting an Iranian attack on its oil infrastructure: five days before the attack, a missile defense system pointed at Iran was switched on for the first time at one of the largest refineries in the country. This analysis also