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News number: 8709091410

19:17 | 2008-11-29

Defence

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IRGC Commander:

Analyses Linking Arrest of Spies with Israeli Attack on Iran Incorrect

TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari here Saturday dismissed as "incorrect" analyses that arresting Mossad spies indicated increased possibility of an Israeli attack on Iran.



General Jafari told FNA that the "powerful, prompt and surprising operation" by his forces displayed "skillfulness and comprehensive information of IRGC".

He said the team of spies who enjoyed "specialized equipment and training" had different programs on their agenda, adding that "identification, tracing and arresting the team by the IRGC took place through such very complicated tactics" that the Israeli spies did not feel anything in this regard.

Jafari announced last Monday that IRGC troops arrested members of a network of Israeli spies who collected and transferred information about Iran's nuclear and military centers.

"A network which was mainly active in collecting information about the country's military organizations was recently identified and dismantled as a result of IRGC's information and counterespionage body," Jafari told reporters.

"Extensive intelligence measures and operations disclosed the network's affiliation to Mossad intelligence organization," he said, adding that "all members and elements of the network have been arrested" in an operation by his troops.

"This network sought to attain its devilish goals through collecting information and news about the country's nuclear centers, IRGC's sensitive bodies and commanders as well as political and military officials and transferring them (the information) to the Zionist regime," the IRGC commander continued.

He also said that complex and advanced communications system, structures and modern disguising devices have been discovered and confiscated from the group.

"According to the confessions made by those arrested, elements of this network have had special bombing and assassination training courses in Israel and have purchased abundant equipment with the financial support of Mossad," General Jafari said.

The IRGC commander said that details of the operation and dismantlement of the spying network would be revealed in the near future.