Iran's top leader personally approved the devastating aviation strikes on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, but insisted that Iran would be able to repel the attacks in a credible fashion, according to a new report Wednesday night.
The alleged write-off of Ayatollah Ali Hameni has been uncovered by an American official, CBS News reported.
The United States has fierce evidence of Iran's involvement in the form of secret satellite images showing its corps of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard preparing to launch Saturday attacks on Avas airbase in southwestern Iran, network officials said.
But in a bitter turn, no one realizes the importance of video surveillance until it's too late, CBS said.
"We were caught completely unarmed," said an American official.
In addition to satellite imagery, boards retrieved from the remains of cruise missiles and drones can be rebuilt to expose weapons ght paths to massive oil refinery Abqaiq and the Khurais oil fields, CBS said.
The air strikes unleashed a "tidal wave of flames," a US official told CBS.
The strikes – which Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Wednesday's "war" on Iran – halved Saudi Arabia's oil production by half and sent futures prices up Monday.
The market then stabilized amid Saudi assurances that it would resume full production.