by Ariel Kahana
Information provided by the Mossad, Israel's foreign intelligence organization, and the IDF's Military Intelligence Directorate have helped foil at least 50 terror attacks planned by the Islamic State group and Iran in 20 countries across the globe over the past three years, Channel 12 reports. At least 12 of the aforementioned terrorist plots targeted Turkey.
|Mossad chief Yossi Cohen | Photo: Yehoshua Yosef|
Information provided by Israeli intelligence services helped foil at least 50 terror attacks planned by the Islamic State group and Iran in 20 countries across the globe over the past three years, Channel 12 reported on Tuesday.
Despite ongoing diplomatic tensions with the regime of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at least 12 of the aforementioned terrorist plots targeted Turkey, whose security agencies were able to stop potentially catastrophic attacks on its soil.
In response to the report, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said: "It appears that only Israeli citizens owe the Mossad gratitude. I wonder if the dictator Erdogan will be so kind as to offer thanks for saving the lives of his people. Spoiler alert: He won't."
A year ago, as a reminder, a large Iranian terrorist plot on French soil – targeting Iranian dissidents in the country – was foiled with the help of Israeli intelligence.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the time that the attack "wasn't thwarted by chance," after reports surfaced that Belgian security services and their Western partners uncovered vast Iranian terrorist infrastructure set up in Europe to serve the Revolutionary Guard Corps' elite black-ops arm, the Quds Force.
Three people were arrested, including an Iranian diplomat, on suspicion of plotting to bomb a meeting of an exiled Iranian opposition group in France.
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