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US Authorities Arrest 2 Iranian Spies, Possibly Looking To ‘Assassinate’ Resistance Figures

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The DOJ has arrested two Iranian spies looking to possibly assassinate Iranian resistance figures enjoying refuge and safety in the United States. Those targeted included Ali Safavi, a US-based official with the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and Alireza Jafarzadeh, Deputy Director of the NCRI’s Washington Office.

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The United States Department of Justice on Monday announced that two Intelligence Ministry agents of the mullahs’ regime, Ahmadreza Mohammadi Doostdar and Majid Ghorbani, who were spying on and plotting against the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK) and National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), were arrested on August 9, 2018 in the US.

According to the text of the indictment, this spy operation against the PMOI had taken place from at least March 2017 and “the Government of Iran considers the MEK to be a primary opponent of the current regime, and has sought to eradicate the MEK.” These two agents sent the information they gathered to the Iranian regime to be able to “target” its opponents. It is also state that “a target package could enable a neutralization plan, which may include apprehension, recruitment, cyber exploitation, or capture/kill operations,” wrote the National Council of Resistance of Iran.

In June, French and Belgian police arrested an Iranian diplomat, revoking his diplomatic immunity, for plotting to bomb the Free Iran Gathering 2018 in Paris. The plot involved multiple other individuals who were transporting the explosive to the event. The bomb making materials were provided by the diplomat.

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