FROM JOSEPH FARAH’S G2 BULLETIN
Sources report goal is gathering intelligence on nuclear operations
WASHINGTON – Israel is using bases in the Sunni Kurdish portion of northern Iraq to launch missions inside Shi’ite Iran to gather intelligence on the Islamic republic’s nuclear program, a number of informed sources said in a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
With the help of recruited Iranian dissidents in Kurdistan, the Israelis are attempting to gather sufficient information to convince the United States and the United Nations that Iran is involved in using its nuclear development program to make nuclear weapons.
Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government officially has denied claims by Iranian officials regarding the missions.
But various reports including a recent Times of London report suggest that Israel is using specially modified U.S.-supplied Black Hawk helicopters to carry 12-member armed teams with sensitive equipment to monitor radioactivity and the magnitude of explosives tests.
The helicopters may be similar to the specially modified stealth Black Hawks which were used in the May 2011 assassination of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden by U.S. Navy SEALS in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
One of those specially-modified helicopters crashed and was only partially destroyed, giving the Pakistanis access to the stealth technology which then was passed on to China, Iran and Russia, according to informed sources.
In undertaking missions inside Iran, sources suggest that the commandos are dressed as members of the Iranian military and use Iranian military vehicles.
In separate activities, the Israelis also may be teaming up with members of the Mujahadeen-e-Khalq, or MEK, who use northern Iraq as a safe haven against Iran when they launch their own attacks.
The MEK, which is a group comprised of militant anti-government Iranians, also has been implicated in working with the Israelis to assassinate Iranian nuclear scientists.
Separately, Middle East expert David Wurmser, who worked at the Department of Defense, State Department and for former Vice President Dick Cheney during the administration of President George Bush, told the open source intelligence service Lignet that despite Israel’s new coalition government of Likud and Kadima parties, the chances of an Israeli strike remains high, and perhaps more so, since there is a developing consensus among various political parties in the country to back Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should he decide to launch an attack.
Wurmser, who has been an adviser to the Israeli government and has close personal ties with Netanyahu, sees such an attack occurring once the Israelis are convinced that their operational capability to undertake such an attack will result in minimal losses.