Paris: The destructive attacks on the Saudi oil facilities last month were ordered by the Iranian Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei. The ‘National Council of Resistance of Iran’ (NCRI), an organisation opposing the regime ruling Iran, accused that a senior official of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Brigadier General Mohammed Falah, carried out the attacks under orders from Ayatollah Khamenei.
Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei, who has the most significant influence on the political developments in the state, presided over a security meeting on the 31st of July. The NCRI informed a British news agency that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and senior commanders of the IRGC attended the meeting. Khamenei ordered the IRGC commanders to launch an attack on the Saudi oil facilities with the ‘Ya-Ali’ cruise missile during the meeting, the NCRI claimed.
The IRGC commanders then devised a plan to attack the most extensive Saudi oil facilities, at Abqaiq and Khurais. The NCRI spokesperson Shahin Gobadi said that the responsibility of the attacks, which were scheduled to be carried out on Sept 14, was handed over to Brigadier General Falah. At the same time, Iran had ordered its military to be in a state of readiness in case Saudi retaliated in the form of attacks. To avoid an internal revolt or protests, they even stepped up the internal security, Gobadi said.
Attacks on the Saudi oil infrastructure amount to war crimes and the NCRI has thus appealed to the United Nations as well as the international community to adopt a stern stand against the Khamenei-Rouhani rule in Iran.
The NCRI, an organisation staunchly opposed to the Khamenei government, is based in France. Every year, the NCRI calls upon the world leaders to overthrow the Iranian regime. Furthermore, the organisation has been revealed to possess confidential information on Iran’s Khamenei government, its nuclear and missile program as also other military movements in the state. Therefore, the claims made by the organisation assume much significance.
The United States and Saudi Arabia have levelled accusations against Iran, saying that it was responsible for the attacks on the Saudi oil facilities. Saudi Arabia had sparked off a diplomatic row against Iran by presenting the missiles used in the attack as evidence since they were of Iranian-make. Additionally, the United Kingdom, France and Germany have also endorsed the Saudi claims. Nevertheless, Iran dismissed the accusations saying the Yemini Houthi rebels perpetrated the attacks. Moreover, Iran has threatened to initiate an all-out war if it were attacked.