Iran Claims Arrests of Israel Linked Terrorists (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 04/10/12)
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Iran on Tuesday claimed it had unearthed a "major terrorist group"
affiliated with Israel and made several arrests.
"Iran´s Intelligence Ministry announced it has identified a major
terrorist group from the Zionist regime (of Israel) and has arrested
some of its protected operational members inside the country," the
official IRNA news agency reported.
IRNA did not indicate when the arrests are supposed to have happened.
The semi-official Fars news agency said the suspects were
arrested "while preparing to carry out terrorist acts."
It claimed that a considerable number of "bombs, machine guns,
military and communication equipment" were also seized.
The Islamic Republic accused Israel in January of funding and
training the People´s Mujahedin of Iran (MEK), which has targeted
Iranian nuclear scientists for assassination.
It is widely believed the MEK has killed five Iranian nuclear
scientists since 2007, and may have destroyed a key missile research
and development site.
Israeli officials adhered to their iron-clad custom of not commenting
on intelligence matters in regard to Tehran´s charges.
In recent months Iran has been accused of targeting Saudi and Israeli
diplomats for assassination, leading analysts to suggest Iran is
attempting to mount a propaganda campaign to mitigate potential
Two Iranians with alleged links to Iran´s elite covert foreign
operations Quds force were indicted in a US court for seeking to
assassinate Riyadh´s envoy to Washington, while Iranian nationals
have been implicated in recent bombings targeting Israeli diplomats
in Bangkok and Delhi.
Tehran´s accusation also comes ahead of nuclear talks between Iran
and the P5+1 – the five permanent members of the UN Security Council
plus Germany – regarding its nuclear program.
Iran rejects Western allegations that its nuclear program is a veil
for nuclear weapons research.
However, in early March, the head of the IAEA said there were
indications that Iran was engaged in the development of nuclear
"Iran is not telling us everything. That is my impression. We are
asking Iran to engage with us proactively, and Iran has a case to
answer," said IAEA director Yukiya Amano.
His remarks followed two recent IAEA reports that indicated Iran had
sought – and likely continues to seek – nuclear technologies of a
IAEA experts previously reported Iran´s production of 20% enriched
uranium is far greater than needed for peaceful purposes.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/10/12)
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