(PresidentialInsider.com)- Last weekend, Israel’s spy agency Mossad thwarted a series of Iranian-backed terror plots targeting Israeli tourists and business people in Africa resulting in the arrest of five people in several African countries.
According to Channel 12 in Israel, five individuals with African passports were recruited by the elite Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. These individuals were to target Israelis visiting Senegal, Tanzania, and Ghana.
After being recruited by Quds, the five suspects underwent special training in Lebanon before being sent back to Africa posing as religious students to carry out attacks on Jewish and Israeli targets. Chief among the targets was a group of Israeli tourists on safari in Tanzania.
After the news broke, Iran denounced the allegations as “baseless.”
But this isn’t the first time Iranian forces helped plan attacks in Africa.
Back in February, the New York Times reported that US and Israeli officials had arrested fifteen people in Ethiopia who were planning to carry out terrorist attacks against diplomats from the United Arab Emirates with the help of Iran.
According to the Time report, Ethiopian officials uncovered the terror cell along with a cache of weapons and explosives the cell planned to use for attacks in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.
The Iranian link was discovered after the arrest of a sixteenth suspect, Ahmed Ismail. Ismail, who was apprehended in Sweden, was the mastermind behind the cell. He allegedly operated the cell and activated it to spy on the US and Israeli embassies in Addis Ababa.
Despite the arrests, Iran has denied the cell’s existence.
According to the Times, the motivation behind the planned attacks was revenge over the deaths of Iran’s top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, and Quds Force commander Major General Qassim Suleimani.
Fakhrizadeh was killed last November by Israel, and Suleimani, of course, was killed in a US drone strike in Iraq in January 2020.
In early October Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz confirmed that Israel had foiled a plot by Iran to assassinate a number of Israeli businessmen in Cyprus, including Teddy Sagi.