Oil rises to $69, highest since September as US kills Iran’s Soleimani

Following Donald Trump ordered United States Airstrike on Baghdad airport which killed a top Iranian general, fanning fresh fears of conflict in the crude-rich Middle East, world oil prices hit $69.16 per barrel, its highest since September 17, 2019.

The international oil benchmark, Brent crude, hit $69.16 per barrel, its highest since September 17, 2019 before easing to $68.81 per barrel as of 8:30pm Nigerian time.

CBNC reported that the US West Texas Intermediate surged by $2.03 to $63.21 per barrel, having earlier spiked to $63.84 a barrel, its highest since May 1.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said harsh revenge awaited the “criminals” who killed Soleimani.

“We expect moderate to low level clashes to last for at least a month and likely be confined to Iraq,” Eurasia’s Iran analyst, Henry Rome said.

“Iran will also likely resume harassment of commercial shipping in the Gulf and may launch military exercises to temporarily disrupt shipping,” he said.

The United States embassy in Baghdad urged on Friday all citizens to depart Iraq immediately due to heightened tensions.

“With further escalation remaining a distinct possibility, we could see markets retain at least some risk premium,” JBC Energy, an oil and gas research firm said in a note.

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