by Tony Badran,
This type of Iranian action, while hardly new, is a harbinger of what’s to come once
The Kuwaiti daily Al-Qabas first broke the story almost two weeks ago, and Kuwaiti and Saudi officials have since confirmed the existence of the cell. While officials have remained publicly tight-lipped about the specifics of the story, and an official order has been handed down forbidding the publication of any further information, several of the details in the newspaper reports are of interest.
The members of the cell apparently included two stateless citizens (known as al-bidoun), a Lebanese citizen who acted as the cell’s liaison with the Iranians, as well as several military officers. One report in Al-Qabas, quoting informed sources, claimed the spy network extended to
After Mugniyah’s assassination, a commemoration rally was held for him in
The episode led to an intimidation campaign against
While it’s unclear whether the Kuwaiti cell indeed extended to
At around that time, on December 19, 2008, a massive rally was held in
As for the UAE, it followed
All this shows how vulnerable
While its conventional military power is limited,
The Iranian cell in
Tony Badran is a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
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