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‘Retaliation’ awaits countries helping anti-Iran terrorist groups: Intelligence minister

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
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Intelligence Minister Esmail Khatib has issued a stern warning to countries that provide assistance to anti-Iran terrorist groups, saying such acts will not remain unanswered.

“Countries that help the enemies of the Iranian nation should await retaliation,” Khatib said on Wednesday, addressing a security session in Sanandaj city, in the western province of Kordestan.

The remarks come less than a week after the Intelligence Ministry announced the arrest of members of a terrorist group affiliated with Mossad before they could carry out their planned acts of sabotage.

In a statement on Saturday, the ministry added that the terrorists, who were in contact with Mossad agents through one of the neighboring countries, had entered Iran from the Iraqi Kurdistan region.

The Intelligence Ministry issued another statement on Wednesday, revealing that members of the spy network belong to the notorious anti-Iran Komala terrorist group and that they had been specifically handpicked by the terror outfit’s head Abdullah Mohtadi and introduced to Mossad.

“Komala group is acting as a mercenary of the Zionist regime,” Khatib said.

“Iran’s security and intelligence forces are well aware of any movements of the enemies,” he said, adding, “Offensive measures are on the agenda of the intelligence community.”

Elsewhere, the minister said that enemies are waging a “hybrid war” against the Islamic Republic of Iran. Using soft war and oppressive sanctions, America seeks to revive its weakened domination in the region but to no avail, he added.

In its Wednesday statement, the Intelligence Ministry further elaborated on the hostile measures of the terrorist team, saying they had plans to blow up a sensitive defense facility.

The network had sneaked their vast amount of military equipment and munitions into Iran through the Iraqi Kurdistan region, it said, adding that the ammunition comprised eight powerful bombs aimed at blowing up the main target, and eight smaller bombs meant to obliterate devices used in the operation.

The ministry also warned the Israeli regime that its latest bid, although thwarted, will not go unanswered.

In related remarks on Wednesday, Khatib said that the Islamic Republic has carried out “a number of successful operations” against Israel in recent months, besides thwarting several conspiracies hatched by the occupying Tel Aviv regime and anti-Iran terrorist groups.

The operations “signify the security power” wielded by the Iranian Intelligence Ministry, he said, adding that enemies have failed in their attempts to undermine security in Iran.

In a similar development, the Intelligence Department of the Law Enforcement Command of the Islamic Republic of Iran announced on Thursday that it had arrested the ringleader and members of an espionage network affiliated with the Israeli spy agency Mossad.

In a statement, the force said that the spy network had been in contact with a middleman from Mossad, with encouragement from the head of a separatist outfit who is well known to have served the Tel Aviv regime as a mercenary.

The five members of the spy network, motivated by Mossad spy agency’s numerous pledges like financial support, were collecting information from the important and vital sites of the country, it noted.

The statement added that all movements of the network were under close scrutiny from the very first moment it contacted the Israeli spy agency.

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