Sunday, June 20, 2004

Australian Financial Review - Israeli agents working in Iraq, Iran

Australian Financial Review -: "Israeli agents working in Iraq, Iran
Jun 21 08:23

Israeli intelligence and military agents were working secretly in Iraq's Kurdistan region, and had slipped into Iran to monitor nuclear facilities, the New Yorker magazine reported on Sunday.
Members of Israel's Mossad secret service were among the agents working in Iraq, where some posed as businessmen, but in reality were training Kurdish commandos in the northern part of the country, the report said.
Israel's embassy in Washington denied the claim, but the magazine said a senior official at the Central Intelligence Agency confirmed that Israelis were working in Iraq.
Israel's government decided six months ago that the United States would not succeed in bringing stability and democracy to Iraq, and believed it needed agents in the country, The New Yorker said.
In working with Kurds, Israel had its eyes and ears on Iran, Iraq and Syria, the magazine said. After a June 30 handover to an interim Iraqi government, Israel wanted to have Kurdish commandos trained as a counter-balance to Shi'ite militias, it said.

Israeli agents and Kurdish commandos had already crossed Iraq's border into Iran, where they had set up sensors and other devices to monitor Iranian nuclear facilities.
A former CIA officer also told the magazine that Iraqi prime minister Iyad Allawi had worked as an agent for Saddam Hussein's Baath Party in the 1960s and 1970s, and had links to the killings of Iraqi dissidents across Europe."


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