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Pentagon prepping report on perpetrator of Saudi oil attacks

Smoke billows from an Aramco oil facility in Abqaiq after a drone attack in Saudi Arabia
Smoke billows from an Aramco oil facility in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia, after the attacks. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

The Pentagon is preparing to release a report on the perpetrator of the attacks against Saudi Arabian oil facilities by Thursday, a U.S. defense official told Bloomberg.

Why it matters: Even though Yemen's Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility, American and Saudi officials have alleged that Iran carried out the attacks.

Trump threatens Iran: "Locked and loaded"

President Trump tweeted Sunday evening — after oil prices soared following attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure — that "there is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification."

Between the lines: Trump's statement was an implicit threat to Iran, based on a tweet hours earlier from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who said "Iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply."