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Israeli woman arrested in Iraq admits to have spied for Mossad, CIA

Israeli woman Elizabeth Tsurkov, who was arrested in Iraq in March, speaks in a clip aired by Iraq's Al Rabiaa satellite TV network on November 13, 2023.

An Israeli woman arrested in Iraq earlier this year has admitted to have worked for the Israeli and American spy agencies, Mossad and the CIA, both in Iraq and Syria.

In a video aired by Iraq’s Al Rabiaa satellite TV network on Monday, Elizabeth Tsurkov said in Hebrew that she was tasked to establish ties between the Tel Aviv regime and the US-backed militant group Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

She also admitted her role in coordinating the October 2019 demonstrations in Iraq to sow strife among Shias in the Arab country.

Using her Russian passport, Tsurkov went to Iraq in January under the guise of doing academic research. Two months later, she disappeared in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.

This summer, the office of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that Tsurkov was being held by Iraq’s anti-terror resistance group Kata’ib Hezbollah.

In the video, she said that she has been detained for more than seven months, without identifying her captors or the location where she is being held.

The spy also told the families of the Israelis, who are being held by the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, that if they want to see their loved ones again, they need to stop the occupying regime’s war on the Gaza Strip.

“I ask the families of the hostages in Gaza to constantly make efforts to stop the war on Gaza,” she said.

“This war that is being stupidly run by Netanyahu through his wife, Sara, and his son, Yair, will lead to the hostages being killed. If you want your sons and daughters to return alive, the war must stop.”

Israel waged a bloody war on the Gaza Strip on October 7 after Hamas carried out a surprise operation against the occupying entity and arrested over 240 Israelis.

Since the start of the aggression, the Tel Aviv regime has killed at least 11,240 Palestinians in Gaza, mostly women and children, and injured about 29,000 others.

It has also imposed a “complete siege” on the coastal sliver, cutting off fuel, electricity, food, and water to the more than two million Palestinians living there.

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