NBC: US officials say Mossad has been training group killing Iranian scientists
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NBC: US officials say Mossad has been training group killing Iranian scientists

In a related interview to the US network, a senior aide to Ayatollah Khamenei asserts an Israeli covert role in sabotage campaign

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

The Obama administration is aware that Israel has trained and funded an Iranian terrorist organization that is responsible for assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists, NBC reported on Thursday.

According to the US TV network, unnamed American officials have confirmed suspicions raised by Iranian officials that the Mossad is backing an Iranian terrorist group called the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (MEK), which is accused of sabotaging Iran’s nuclear weapons program. The officials reportedly denied any American involvement in the attacks on Iranian scientists.

Several Iranian nuclear scientists have been assassinated and mysterious explosions rocked military and nuclear sites across the country in the past year.

The Iranian heavy water reactor at Arak, one of many sites making up the Iranian nuclear program. (photo credit: CC-BY Nanking10, Wikimedia Commons)
The Iranian heavy water reactor at Arak, one of many sites making up the Iranian nuclear program. (photo credit: CC-BY Nanking10, Wikimedia Commons)

NBC interviewed Mohammad Javad Larijani, one of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s senior aides, about the purported relationship between the Mossad and the MEK.

“They (Israelis) are paying … the Mujahedin,” NBC quoted Larjani saying. “Some of their (MEK) agents … (are) providing Israel with information. And they recruit and also manage logistical support.”

Iran gleaned much of its information about the alleged Mossad-MEK ties from a captured operative whom they interrogated.  Larjani also claimed the Mossad trained MEK operatives in motorcycle and small bomb techniques in Israel.

The MEK is an Iranian counter-revolutionary group recognized by the US, Canada, and Iran as a terrorist organization. According to the report, wrote Yediot Ahronoth, the MEK stands “accused of killing US servicemen and contractors in the 1970s and supporting the takeover of the American embassy in Tehran before breaking with the Iranian mullahs in 1980.”

Although it began as a militant group devoted to the overthrow of the Shah and, later, the Ayatollahs, it now claims to have forsworn violence in favor of democratic reform.

 

 

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