January 17, 2012
The Turkish newspaper Zaman reports today that a cell of the Quds Unit of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard is planning to attack U.S. embassy in Ankara and other targets across the country.
Turkey’s intelligence service claims the Iranians plan to stay at a five-star hotel and break into the U.S. Embassy or one of its consulates. In addition to the Quds Unit, the report states that the Lebanese group Hezbollah will participate in the attacks.
The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports that according to Turkish intelligence, Iran is attempting to support the operations of “small, illegal Turkish organizations” following Turkey’s decision to establish a NATO radar installation on its territory, and due to Ankara’s condemnation of the al-Assad regime in Syria.
Last November it was reported that Turkey is hosting the Free Syria Army (FSA) on its territory. The FSA is a paramilitary group opposed to the al-Assad regime. According to Milliyet, a major Turkish newspaper, France sent its military training forces to Turkey and Lebanon last year to train the FSA which is supported by the British intelligence asset the Muslim Brotherhood and the National Transitional Council in Libya, an al-Qaeda front.
The establishment of the NATO radar system in Turkey has created tension between Turkey and Iran. Prior to the NATO move, relations between the two countries were generally peaceful. Iran claimed the radar system was a move by the United States to protect Israel from a counter-attack should Iran be attacked under the pretense of taking out its nuclear program.
In October of 2011, the U.S. Justice Department claimed Iran was behind a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in the United States. The alleged perpetrator was an incompetent Iranian national who supposedly plotted with Iran’s Quds Force to kill ambassador Adel al-Jubeir. The sensationalized story was immediately questioned and dismissed as ludicrous by terror and Iranian experts.
Iran later said the plot was hatched by the People’s Mujahideen of Iran (MEK), a CIA created group that has carried out terrorist attacks inside Iran.