The Saudi oil attack

Half Saudi Arabia’s oil production was knocked out by a drone strike, triggering a surge in prices. Tensions have escalated in the Middle East as many blame Iran. Here’s the best of this week’s opinion and analysis.

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All sides have an interest in compromise — but that does not mean it will happen

The drone and missile strikes wrought huge disruption on the kingdom’s oil industry and exposed its vulnerability to the US-Iran row

Heavy-handed US reprisals would risk all-out war in the Middle East

Ousting of former energy minister al-Falih will harm Opec, Aramco and regional stability

The US president is learning the hard way that it is easier to start a crisis than to control one

Effect of sustained oil price rise could hit some countries’ growth prospects

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