Iranian intelligence forces have busted a terror team affiliated with the Israeli Mossad spy agency in the western part of the country, Intelligence Minister Esmail Khatib says.
Khatib said at a ceremony in the capital Tehran on Sunday that the terrorists had sneaked across the border into western Iran from Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.
“Given the cooperation of the new Iraqi administration [led by Prime Minister Mohammed Shia’ al-Sudani] and the assurances offered, we wish to see our western borders secure and clear of any security incident,” he said.
“We remind the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of its responsibilities in this regard,” he added.
Khatib made clear that Iranian military and security forces will not hesitate to deliver a powerful and crushing response to any destabilizing act against the country’s border regions.
Earlier this week, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) intelligence forces disbanded a terror network affiliated with Daesh Khorasan (Daesh-K) in Iran’s southern province of Fars.
The IRGC Intelligence Department, in cooperation with Fajr Intelligence Organization of Fars Province, spotted and busted the operational and media network of Daesh-K, an offshoot of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in Afghanistan and captured its main element in the province.
The ringleader, who was being monitored by IRGC forces for four years, was in charge of recruiting extremist elements in a number of Iranian provinces, including Tehran.
Elsewhere in his Sunday remarks, Khatib said more than 200 anti-Iran media outlets, 35 think tanks, and dozens of intelligence services were actively involved in foreign-sponsored riots that broke out in some parts of the country.
Foreign-backed riots erupted in Iran in mid-September after the death of 22-year-old Iranian woman Mahsa Amini, who fainted at a police station in the capital Tehran and was pronounced dead three days later at the hospital.
Iran’s intelligence community has said several countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, have used their spy and propaganda apparatuses to provoke violent riots in the country.