Mossad Assassinates Iran Cyber-War Commander, Prince Bandar’s Secret Meeting With Israelis on Iran
Those boys of the Mossad have been busy assassinating Iranians again.
This time, according to a confidential Israeli source, they murdered
the IRG commander, Mojtaba Ahmadi, who ran its cyberwar unit. My source
drops a further bombshell (which I haven’t yet been able to confirm
independently), that the CIA “tacitly” approved the hit because of the
extraordinarily intense level of sabotage by Iran of commercial
interests from Saudi’s Aramco to U.S. banks.
The attack was approved by Bibi Netanyahu several months ago. Its
timing, during an auspicious thaw in U.S.-Iran relations, supposedly
wasn’t intentional (if you can believe that!).
If you seek tacit indications of Israeli involvement note this
celebratory front-age report in Bibiton (Yisrael HaYom) announcing the
IRG assassination. The headline might as well have said: “Bib did it!”
Earlier Mossad hits were performed with the inside assistance of
local MeK agents who did the actual dirty work. The involvement of two
men on motorbikes (a known method of Mossad surveillance and
assassination for decades) who were the killers, mirrors the methods of
execution of previous Iranian scientists. If the MeK played a role it
would be significant since it would be the first known terror attack in
which it had participated since being delisted by the State Department
from the U.S. terror list.
If U.S. intelligence in any way approved of the killing, this too
would be significant because it would mark the first known instance in
which a state targeted the cyberwar personnel of another for
assassination. As I predicted
in blog posts here months ago, the arc of cyberwar activism is bending
toward escalation and increased lethality. Not only are the stakes high
as nations begin attacking each other in earnest in order to maximize
damage to infrastructure, etc. but they are equally high if countries
begin murdering the cyber-war personnel of enemy nations. If the IRG’s
cyber commander is a legitimate target, then so are NSA and IDF Unit
8200 officials. In case, anyone disputes Iran’s ability to commit such
an act, remember that Iran isn’t the only country involved in cyber-war
operations. China as well as many other nations do the same things.
They have significantly greater capabilities than Iran. And once we’ve
breached a taboo and killed Iranians, it’s not far to begin killing
This marks a desperate new low in Israeli exploitation of terror in
order to take a slap at the IRG and sabotage possible Iran-U.S.
rapprochment. The murdered commander will be viewed as a martyr, his
subordinates will redouble their efforts to improve and intensify their
cyberwar capabilities. Instead of marking a bold offensive move by the
Mossad to attack the enemy on his home turf, it will be seen by Iranians
as yet another Israeli provocation and proof that Israel is a rogue
state never to be trusted for anything.
Finally, let everyone remember the next time Bibi brays about Iranian
terrorism that his own country has succeeded in far more lethal
operations and created far more Iranian widows and orphans than anything
Iran has done. This is state terror, plain and simple.
In a related matter, another bombshell
(Hebrew) dropped today. Israel media reported that senior Israeli
security officials met in Israel with a high-level Gulf state official
to coordinate a military strategy against Iran. Israel’s Channel 2 TV
news also said the official, from state with no diplomatic relations
with Israel, came to Israel for the consultations. Though the reports
did not name him, my source says that he was none other than the
infamous Prince Bandar ibn Sultan. Lately he’s been known as one of the
primary arms suppliers for the Syrian rebels. But his secret portfolio
includes all Saudi security engagements in the region including Iran
and Syria. This would mark the first time such a senior Saudi official
has broken the Arab taboo against visiting Israel.
The Israeli reports claims that the meetings mean that Israel might
be planning to coordinate its plans to attack Iran with Saudi Arabia.
That, in fact, there might be a joint attack. Frankly, I think that’s
hogwash, though I can’t prove it. It’s much more likely they were
meeting to figure out how to continue the anti-Iran front Israel has
been working for several years to bolster among the Gulf states. Given
that the U.S. and Iran may be embarking on a process of reconciliation
that could lead to a lessening of tensions and resolution of the nuclear
conflict, both Israel and Saudi are probably trying to figure out where
they go next.
It’s also likely that Bandar and the Israelis met about Syria since
they’re now on record as being among the strongest supporters of the
rebels. There is much more that Israel can do to damage Assad than it
has already done. I’m certain Bandar would love to engage Israel more
deeply in the anti-Assad alliance. For its part, though Israel has made
a studied attempt to appear neutral in the fight (despite attacking
Syrian and Iranian forces on Syria territory at least five times in the
past year), Israel’s latest full-throated support of a U.S. air assault
on Assad tore the curtain on that claim.
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