‘Retaliation’ awaits countries that aid anti-Iran terror groups: intelligence minister
Intelligence Minister Esmail Khatib has issued a stern warning to countries providing assistance to anti-Iranian terrorist groups, saying such acts will not go unaddressed.
“Countries that help the enemies of the Iranian nation should expect retaliation,” Khatib said Wednesday, during a security session in the town of Sanandaj in the western province of Kordestan.
The remarks come less than a week after the Intelligence Ministry announced the arrest of members of a Mossad-affiliated terrorist group before they could carry out their planned acts of sabotage.
In a statement released on Saturday, the ministry added that the terrorists, who had contact with Mossad agents through one of the neighboring countries, entered Iran from the Kurdistan region of Iraq.
The Ministry of Intelligence issued another statement on Wednesday, revealing that the members of the spy network belonged to the notorious anti-Iran terrorist group Komala and that they had been specifically hand-picked by the leader of the terrorist group Abdullah Mohtadi and presented at the Mossad.
“The Komala group acts as a mercenary of the Zionist regime,” Khatib said.
“Iranian security and intelligence forces are well aware of any enemy movement,” he said, adding that “offensive measures are on the intelligence community’s agenda.”
Elsewhere, the minister said enemies were waging a “hybrid war” against the Islamic Republic of Iran. Using soft warfare and oppressive sanctions, America is seeking to rekindle its weakened dominance in the region, but to no avail, he added.
In its statement on Wednesday, the Intelligence Ministry gave more details of the terrorist team’s hostile actions, saying they intended to blow up a sensitive defense installation.
The network had smuggled a large amount of military equipment and ammunition into Iran through the Kurdistan region of Iraq, he said, adding that the ammunition included eight high-powered bombs aimed at detonating the main target and eight bombs smaller intended to annihilate the devices used in the operation.
The ministry also warned the Israeli regime that its latest offer, although foiled, will not go unanswered.
In related remarks Wednesday, Khatib said the Islamic Republic had carried out “a number of successful operations” against Israel in recent months, in addition to thwarting several conspiracies hatched by the Tel Aviv occupation regime and groups. anti-Iranian terrorists.
The operations “mean security power” wielded by Iran’s intelligence ministry, he said, adding that enemies have failed in their attempts to undermine security in Iran.
In a similar vein, the Intelligence Department of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Law Enforcement Command announced on Thursday that it had arrested the leader and members of a spy network affiliated with the Israeli spy agency Mossad.
In a statement, the force said the spy ring had been in contact with a Mossad intermediary, with encouragement from the leader of a separatist group well known for serving the Tel Aviv regime as a mercenary.
The five members of the spy network, motivated by numerous promises from the Mossad spy agency such as financial support, were collecting information on important and vital sites in the country, he noted.
The statement added that all of the network’s movements were under close surveillance from the first moment it contacted the Israeli spy agency.