Monday, June 21, 2004

Jerusalem Post - Mossad agents and IDF Intelligence officers infiltrating Iran

Israel News : Jerusalem Post Internet Edition: "Israeli intelligence agents infiltrating Iran - report

Mossad agents and IDF Intelligence officers are working to infiltrate Iran through Kurdistan in northern Iraq to gather intelligence on the Shi'ite state's developing nuclear program, New Yorker magazine investigative reporter Seymour Hersh told CNN on Sunday.
Israeli special units were said to have hunted Scud missile launchers in the western Iraqi desert in the build-up to the Gulf War, and it has been rumored among intelligence circles that Israeli intelligence officers aided their American counterparts since the end of hostilities last May.
Officially, at least, Israel has taken no active role in the warfare in Iraq at the behest of US President George W. Bush's administration.
'Hundreds' of undercover IDF Intelligence officers and Mossad agents resurrected their cooperation with Kurdish militiamen in northern Iraq, with the aim of crossing the porous Iraq-Iran border in the North and establishing cells in Iran that might yield new intelligence on Iran's nuclear program, Hersh told CNN.
The Israelis are also providing an ancillary role to the Kurds and, according to Hersh, are aiding Kurdish elements in northern Syria. Kurdish riots and the seeds of a minor rebellion in northern Syria in recent weeks have rocked Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.
Israel has become increasingly pessimistic about the chances of a stable government forming in Iraq, and has thus moved on to 'stage B' of its post-war campaign, establishing what amount to mini-intelligence stations, Hersh said. "


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