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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.

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