‘Iranian terror cell planning attacks on Jewish, Israeli targets in Turkey’ (ISRAEL HAYOM) Israel Hayom Staff 04/01/12)
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Sky News: Intelligence sources believe Unit 400, a secret special-ops
unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s elite Quds Force, has been
instructed to attack Israeli, Jewish, and Western targets in Turkey.
Intelligence agencies are searching for members of an Iranian network
of assassins that have been ordered to attack Jewish, Israeli and
Western targets in Turkey, Sky News reported on Sunday.
Sources told the news network that Unit 400, a secret Iranian special-
ops division of the Revolutionary Guard’s elite Quds Force, is
believed to be preparing an attack that is already in its advanced
stages and is meant to be carried out in the near future.
Intelligence sources told Sky News that in recent months Unit 400 has
been developing “a standing operating procedure for carrying out an
attack in Turkey against Western targets as well as Israeli and
Jewish [ones].” The source added that intelligence assessments have
shown “these procedures are in a very advanced stage, and that the
intention is to act on the plans very soon.”
The sources also told Sky News that in the wake of growing threats of
possible military action against Iran’s nuclear program, Unit 400 has
been instructed to carry out “more frequent and more daring terror
attacks around the world as a demonstration of ‘Iran’s asymmetric
Unit 400 falls under the direct command of Iranian Supreme Leader
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who reportedly controls the Quds Force
through his close associate Qassem Suleiman.
“He runs the whole thing - directly,” a source told Sky News, adding
that President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad “makes all the noise and gets the
attention” but that Khamenei “is in charge of what is going on
especially when it comes to international operations.”
The report also quoted an unnamed study by a foreign intelligence
agency, which said Unit 400 “plans and carries out terror attacks on
external targets, and provides material support to foreign militia
groups, at the direct behest of the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.”
The intelligence sources who spoke to Sky News said a senior officer
in Unit 400 is a key Iranian agent who “has been working up plans for
potential attacks in European countries.”
Earlier this month, Turkish media reported that the Mossad had warned
Ankara that Israeli diplomatic missions in Turkey could face imminent
Turkish newspaper Hurriyet quoted a story aired on NTV news, which
said that four individuals had already “entered Turkey from Iran”
with weapons and the materials to carry out alleged attacks on
Following the report, Israel urged its citizens not to travel to
Turkey. The prime minister’s counterterrorism bureau issued the
warning, saying, “terror groups are planning to carry out attacks
against Jewish and Israeli sites inside Turkey in the coming days.”
Israeli diplomats abroad have been targeted in several attacks in
recent months. Tal Koren-Yehoshua, the wife of an Israeli diplomat,
was wounded when a car bomb exploded outside of Israel’s embassy in
the Indian capital of New Delhi in February. That same day there was
also an attempted attack on Israel’s embassy in Georgia, but that
plot was foiled.
The next day, three Iranians accidentally blew up a house in
Thailand, and Israeli authorities said the similarity between their
explosives and the two earlier plots linked Iran to all three
incidents. Israel has accused Iran of waging a covert campaign of
state terrorism and has threatened military strikes on Iranian
Following the attacks, the U.N. Security Council in February strongly
condemned terrorist attacks aimed at Israel.
Meanwhile, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who met with
Iranian President Ahmadinejad last week, said an Israeli air strike
on Iran’s nuclear facilities would be “disastrous,” according to the
Turkish daily Hurriyet.
“The entire region would be devastated if Israel strikes Iran,”
Erdogan said Saturday, adding that he had shared his views with U.S.
President Barack Obama.
A regional conflict triggered by a possible Israeli strike “would not
end up like the war between U.S. and Iraq. Israel should not attack
Iran,” Erdogan said. “Israel has between 250 to 300 nuclear warheads.
Nobody is discussing that,” the Turkish leader said.
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