Israel struck Iran through Iraqi groups

Published February 1st, 2023 - 11:26 GMT
This picture taken on May 17, 2022 shows a view of the Safavid-built Abbasi Great Mosque (Shah Mosque, completed in 1629) in Iran's central city of Isfahan. A 400-year-old iconic mosque in Iran's central city of Isfahan listed as a UN World Heritage Site has been damaged by scaffolding during restoration work, officials said on July 18, 2022. The 17th century Shah Mosque, also known as the Royal Mosque, was built during the "golden age" of Isfahan. It forms one of four dramatic buildings forming the sides of the vast Naghsh-e Jahan Naghsh Square in the heart of the city, also known as Meidan Imam. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

ALBAWABA - The attack on a military complex in Iran's Isfahan last Saturday has invited speculation that a foreign power was behind the daring drone raid. 

Analysis and commentary pointed to Israel, primarily its Mossad spy agency as the perpetrator, reported the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, quoting unnamed U.S. officials. 

Although Israel didn't comment on the report, its former Mossad head Danny Yatom underscored Israel's interest in the facility, saying that it allegedly produced hypersonic missiles.

Other reports also cited a connection between Israel and the Iranian military facility that was struck by three drones Saturday night, with the suggestion that Iran was making drones for Russia to help it in its war against Ukraine.

But the narrative took another twist later, with reports pointing fingers at groups based in northern Iraq, claiming they were responsible for the attack on the central Isfahan complex, Anadolu reported.

Quoting a report from the Iran Nour News, Anadolu cited sources from the country's Supreme National Security Council that its "dissident groups" in northern Iraq, allegedly collaborating with an unnamed foreign intelligence agency, attacked the military installation.

It claimed that the drones and explosives were smuggled into Iran from northern Iraq on orders of a "foreign intelligence agency."

Some also accused the Kurds of involvement. "Parts of the drones that attacked the workshop complex of the defense ministry in Isfahan, along with explosive materials, were transferred to Iran with the participation and guidance of the Kurdish anti-revolutionary groups based in Iraq's Kurdistan region," Nour news agency said, according to AFP.

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