Iran edges ahead in intelligence war

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 17 (UPI) — The secret
intelligence war between Iran and its allies Hezbollah and Hamas on one
side and the United States and Israel on the other is likely to heat up
in the months ahead.

Right now, Iran’s intelligence apparatus seems to be ahead with the
Feb. 23 capture of one of the country’s most wanted fugitives,
Abdulmalik Rigi, leader of a Sunni militant group called Jundallah, or
Soldiers of God.

The group, with an estimated 1,000 fighters, has been battling Tehran
since 2005 in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan on the
Afghan border.

In an apparently flawless operation, Iranian fighter aircraft
reportedly intercepted a Kyrgyz airliner carrying Rigi from Dubai in
the United Arab Emirates to Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan. It was
forced down in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas.

That was a major coup for the Tehran regime, the more so because it
followed the fiasco of the Jan. 19 assassination of Hamas chieftain
Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, who worked closely with Iran, in Dubai.

Although Mabhouh was killed and his assassins escaped, Dubai
authorities were able to produce a highly detailed account of t… >>>

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