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Iran claims to uncover Israeli spy ring amid IRGC assassination

Iranians cross a street, next to a poster of slain top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani and slain Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, in the capital Tehran on December 28, 2021. (ATTA KENARE / AFP)
Iranians cross a street, next to a poster of slain top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani and slain Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, in the capital Tehran on December 28, 2021. (ATTA KENARE / AFP)

Iranian state-run media says the Revolutionary Guard’s security forces have uncovered and arrested members of an Israeli intelligence network operating in the country.

The reports come around the same time that state media report of the assassination in Tehran of Iran Revolutionary Guards Col. Hassan Sayad Khodayari. The media reports did not indicate if there was any connection between the two.

Although the Guard gave only scant detail about the attack that occurred in broad daylight in the heart of Iran’s capital, the group blamed the killing on “global arrogance,” typically code for the United States and Israel.

That accusation, as well as the style of the brazen attack, raises the possibility of a link with other motorbike slayings previously attributed to Israel in Iran, such as those targeting the country’s nuclear scientists.

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