The Mossad, the Isreali national intelligence agency, captured an Iranian national who admitted to plans for a multi-pronged terrorist offensive against three Western targets.
A photo and audio recording of 52-year-old Mansour Rasouli from his home reveals his admission to being ordered to set up a cell to carry out three assignments. He was to plan and implement the assassinations of a U.S. general stationed in Germany, a staffer at the Israeli consulate in Istanbul, and a journalist in France.
Working within the Islamic Republic is outside of the Mossad’s normal purview, but agents discovered Rasouli was to use drug cartels to implement his orders. Iran was reportedly paying over a million dollars to Rasouli for the successful assassinations and another $150,000 for coordinating the plot.
The Mossad says it released Rasouli after the interrogation.
Several Hebrew-language media outlets report the suspect is part of Unit 840 of the Quds Force, a branch of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard that carries out international operations.
Intelligence agencies across the globe have been on heightened alert since the early 2020 airstrike near Baghdad’s airport that killed Iran’s top Gen. Qassem Soleimani and several associates. The 62-year-old was highly respected within the Islamic Republic, and Russia was quite vocal in criticizing the U.S. strike as “escalating tensions.” Teheran retaliated by attacking several U.S. military bases in Iraq.
Then-U.S. President Trump declared the general was targeted for coordinating attacks on American forces in Iraq and for future terrorist activities. Trump pulled the U.S. out of the deal with Iran over its nuclear program for repeated violations, and now the Biden administration wants to restore the agreement.
And just two weeks ago, senior Revolutionary Guard commander Mohammad Pakpour told Iranian state media that “if all American leaders were killed” it would not be enough to avenge his death.
The U.S. is understandably focused on domestic issues such as runaway inflation and the border crisis, and of course internationally with the Russian invasion of Ukraine. However, as Israeli intelligence agents just reminded us, there are still threats from other parts of the world, and continued diligence is required.