Iranian media spreads report of attack on alleged Mossad center in Iraq

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Casualties were reported in the alleged attack, Iraqi sources told Iranian media

https://www.jpost.com/-By TZVI JOFFRE

Iraqi Shi’ite Muslim men from the Iranian-backed group Kataib Hezbollah wave the party’s flags as they walk along a street painted in the colours of the Israeli flag during a parade marking the annual Quds Day, or Jerusalem Day, on the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in Baghdad

(photo credit: THAIER AL-SUDANI/REUTERS)

An intelligence and special operations center in northern Iraq allegedly belonging to the Mossad was attacked by an “unidentified group,” according to a report shared by a number of semi-official and official Iranian media sources. The report remains unconfirmed by any official source.

Casualties were reported in the alleged attack, Iraqi sources told Iranian media, which claimed that more details and footage would be released soon. The Iranian reports claimed that the casualties were “Israeli forces,” although it’s unclear if they were referring to Israeli citizens or foreigners working with Israel.

A report on the alleged incident shared by the semi-official Iranian Fars News Agency claimed that “Iraqi media and sources have repeatedly warned about the activities of Zionist elements” in the Iraqi Kurdistan area.

The news came just hours after Israel began commemorating Remembrance Day, when the country remembers and honors fallen soldiers and victims of terror.

The report has not been confirmed by any official sources, but has been published by the semi-official Fars News Agency, Al-Alam News, which is owned by Iran’s state media corporation, and Press TV, an English-language news network run by the Iranian government.

The report seems to have originated from a news source called Sabreen based on Telegram. The report cited an anonymous “security source.”

The Iranian report comes after an alleged Israeli attack on Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility and reports of a number of strikes by Iran and Israel on each other’s maritime vessels in the Red Sea and near the Persian Gulf in recent weeks.

An Israeli ship called the Hyperion and owned by an Israeli company was attacked near the shores of the Fujairah emirate in the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, according to reports in Lebanon.

Iranian officials have warned in recent days that they would respond to an alleged Israeli attack that hit an electrical substation at an underground uranium enrichment facility at Natanz.

Tensions were already high between the two nations after the alleged Israeli assassination of top Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh and reported attempts by Iran to carry out revenge attacks on Israeli embassies around the world.

 

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