MINISTER ACCUSES IRAN OF BUILDING TERROR NETWORK
NICOSIA, CYPRUS Israel’s defence minister on Wednesday accused Iran of building an international terror network that includes “sleeper cells” that are stockpiling arms, intelligence and operatives in order to strike on command in places including Europe and the U.S.
Moshe Yaalon, pictured, said Iran aims to destabilize the Middle East and other parts of the world and is training, funding and arming “emissaries” to spread a revolution. He said Tehran is the anchor of a “dangerous axis” that includes Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut and other cities in the region.
“The Iranian regime through the Iranian Revolutionary Guard corps is building a complex terror infrastructure including sleeping cells that are stockpiling arms, intelligence and operatives and are ready to act on order including in Europe and America,” Yaalon said.
The minister referred indirectly to the case of a Canadian Hezbollah member who was jailed in Cyprus following the seizure of nine tonnes of a chemical compound.
A Cypriot court sentenced Lebanese- Canadian Hussein Bassam Abdallah to six years in prison after prosecutors said he admitted that Hezbollah aimed to mount terrorist attacks against Israeli interests.