US-Taliban talks I Saudi Arabia oil attacks

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Thursday, 26 September 2019


Editor's note

Afghans are going to polls this weekend in an election that many believed would never happen. When Donald Trump pulled the plug on peace negotiations with the Taliban in early September, it was a relief for the incumbent president, Ashraf Ghani, whose administration had been sidelined during the talks. Ghani, who is bidding for a second term as president, is up against the chief executive of his National Unity Government, Abdullah Abdullah. But as the US-Tablian negotiations loom large over the poll, writes Kaweh Kerami, peace remains elusive.

Recent drone and missile attacks at Abiqaiq, Saudi Arabia’s largest oil processing center, caused the worst sudden supply disruption in history, knocking out nearly 6 million barrels per day, half of the country’s total production and about 5% of global supply. It’s expected that such an assault on Saudi oil would bring panic and an extreme rise in prices. But not much happened in the aftermath. Scott L. Montgomery explains why.

Gemma Ware

Global Affairs Editor

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Supporters of incumbent Ashraf Ghani at a rally in Kabul ahead of elections on September 28. Ghulamullah Habibi/EPA

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