UK weekly Jewish Chronicle: Iranian spy network planned terrorist attacks on European soil “using explosives, acid and toxic chemicals.”
As U.S. President Joe Biden eases Iran’s sanctions in hopes of restoring the nuclear deal, German police uncovered a massive Iranian spy and terrorist network operating across 22 European cities.
The pan-European network came out after the German police recovered secret documents from Iranian spymaster Asadollah Asadi, an exclusive report by the UK weekly Jewish Chronicle revealed on Thursday.
This vast clandestine network planned terrorist attacks on European soil “using explosives, acid and toxic chemicals,” the documents show.
From The Jewish Chronicle:
A treasure trove of documents seized by German police and obtained by the JC reveals the extent to which Tehran’s spies have infiltrated Europe.
The documents were found in a hire car used as a mobile intelligence station by Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian spy chief who in February was sentenced to 20 years in prison for masterminding a failed bomb attack in Paris in 2018.
The material discloses a sophisticated network of regime agents that stretches across at least 22 cities all over the continent, along with plans for terror attacks using explosives, acid and toxic pathogenic substances. (…)
Inside Assadi’s red Ford S-MAX, officers discovered a red notebook containing handwritten bomb-making and fieldwork instructions, as well as a 200-page green jotter recording trips to 289 locations across Europe to meet agents.
The journeys, made over a period of almost four years, generally avoided the scrutiny of capital cities and were accompanied by records of hotel reservations that Assadi made himself using Booking.com. On several occasions, the spy reserved rooms in two different hotels to avoid detection.
Investigators additionally recovered a wealth of documentation disclosing the workings of the espionage network, including receipts of expenses reimbursements, records of monthly and quarterly spy salaries, and details of computers issued to agents.
Also found were six mobile phones — four of which were used to contact spies and two to make travel bookings — a laptop, external hard drives and USB sticks containing intelligence training manuals, two GPS tracking and navigation devices and more than 30,000 Euros (£26,000) in cash.
Police also discovered handwritten instructions on handling, charging and arming a bomb — codenamed the PlayStation — which was to be wrapped in clingfilm with its antenna carefully positioned so it would not be triggered by a Wi-Fi signal.
In June 2018, Asadi, who was stationed as an Iranian diplomat in Vienna, was arrested in southern Germany for his involvement in an attempted bomb plot at a rally of Iranian dissidents near Paris. A French court recently sentenced him to 20 years for masterminding the terrorist plot.
The damning revelations of Iranian terrorists and intelligence infiltration come as the Biden White House ends former President Donald Trump’s “Maximum Pressure” policy against Tehran. President Biden revoked the Trump-era enforcement of UN sanctions and international weapons embargo on Iran. The Democrat-run administration has promised further sanctions relief if Tehran agrees to restore the Obama-era nuclear agreement.
President Trump’s campaign of “Maximum Pressure” included the targeting of Iran’s international terrorist operations. His administration eliminated leading Iranian terrorist operatives, including the head of Iran’s foreign terrorist arm Al Quds, Qasem Soleimani, and Al Qaeda’s second-in-command, Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, hiding in Iran. The father of Iran’s nuclear weapons program, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was also taken out under President Trump’s watch, dealing a major setback to Tehran’s WMD ambitions.
With the threat of force off the table with President Biden in the White House, Iran — the world’s biggest state sponsor of terrorism — can resume the arming and financing of jihadi and terrorist groups across the globe.
European countries and the European Union also bear some measure of blame for Iran’s growing spying and terrorist operations across the continent. For decades, the EU, Germany, and France have refused to put a complete ban on Iran’s top proxy terrorist group Hezbollah. Several European governments have allowed Hezbollah’s “political wing” to operate freely in their countries, enabling the Iran-sponsored terrorist group to carry out recruitment, fundraising, and propaganda drives in Europe.
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