Iran busts 'Israeli-linked sabotage ring'

2012-04-10 21:45

Tehran - Iran's intelligence ministry says it has broken an Israeli-linked "terror and sabotage" network which has its headquarters in an unspecified nearby country.

"One of the Zionist regime's biggest terror and sabotage networks and some of its agents have been identified. A group of criminal terrorists and mercenaries co-operating with them has been arrested," the ministry said in a statement picked up by Iranian media on Tuesday.

"A number of the operatives were arrested as they were preparing to carry out a terrorist operation," it said.

"Heavy bombs," machine guns, pistols, silencers, military communications gear and "other terrorist equipment" were seized in operations "in border and central provinces" inside Iran, the ministry said without being specific.

The operations led to "identifying the Zionists' regional headquarters in one of the regional countries", it said, without naming the country concerned.

Iran from time to time announces the arrest of suspects alleged to be working for US, British or Israeli espionage services. It rarely provides any evidence to substantiate such claims.

Relations between Iran and its northern neighbour, Azerbaijan, have become strained, with each accusing the other of preparing "terrorist" actions.

Tehran is also unhappy over Baku's ties to Israel, and its purchase of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of Israeli military weapons and equipment.

Additionally, Iran is bordered by Afghanistan and Iraq, both of which have a US military presence.

  • Fred - 2012-04-10 21:57

    Yeah right. The radical, women-stoning Mullahs are becoming desperate. Sanctions are starting to bite, and will bite harder, much harder.

  • velvybokov - 2012-04-10 22:26

    Whether or not Irans claims are true or not is irrelevant. Fact is that by merit of them making such statements it shows that they have a real fear that the israelis might very well launch a covert operation. Considering the previous pre-emptive strikes on iraq's nuclear reactor, and the Dimona projects I have no doubt that the Israelis certainly have the ability to succeed in sabotaging the Iran Nuclear threat. It would be nice to know that a country like Iran that has a history of promoting violence - even before khomeini and the ayatollahs - would be denied the potential of nuclear energy. Considering their support of terror in gaza and syria, they too are obviously stained with the guilty mark of terrorism.

      Fred - 2012-04-10 22:56

      Well said

      Fidel - 2012-04-11 10:16

      "Covert Operation" being an euphemism for State Terrorism!

  • Jaba - 2012-04-10 22:55

    It's Getting Old... The Mullahs busted more members of the green revolution... however using the news to Blame Israel works well for's all Israel's fault.....Israel, Israel, Israel, Israel..... It's getting old. Zzzzzzzzzzz........... eitherway... Iran's Intelligence = oxymoron

  • Ricky - 2012-04-11 08:06

    Strike irans nuke facilities already!!!

  • Boaz - 2012-04-11 08:28

    Big Deal! Iran blames the weather on the Jews.

  • Carla - 2012-04-11 09:42

    "Iran from time to time announces the arrest of suspects alleged to be working for US, British or Israeli espionage services. It rarely provides any evidence to substantiate such claims." That pretty much tells me all I need to know about this "bust".

  • ludlowdj - 2012-04-11 09:44

    If they have proof they need to take it to the international court and have Israel's long history of being a law unto itself brought to an end. Failure to provide evidence will simply show the world that Iran is once again making it up as they go along.

      Fred - 2012-04-11 15:43

      Israel is attacked almost daily, and under constant threat of being destroyed by oil-rich dictators of the Middle East. Its citizens have a history of being exterminated in racist genocide. I wonder how you would respond under such conditions.

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-04-13 05:58

    Stop blaming each other. Let's be fair. I Take that back cause its like dealing with animals. This is honestly getting boring very boring

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