The US Pentagon’s counterterrorism bureau published a report determining that Iran has stationed intelligence listening stations in vast parts of the Middle East, including along the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, and primarily in Syria.
According to the report, the stations were established by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), with Syrian assistance. The report, which was prepared about a month ago and is being published now, states that “Two Iranian-Syrian stations were constructed by the IRGC, and have been active since 2006.”
The report stated that “one of the stations is located in the Al Jazeera district in northern Syria, and the other station was established in the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.” It also notes that the purpose of the listening stations is to provide Hezbollah with intelligence information regarding Israel, and that the IRGC planned to build additional stations in the area.
Pentagon officials also stated that Iran has been carrying out considerable efforts in order to advance its intelligence objectives. “The Iranian ministry of intelligence and national security is recruiting Iranian-born Israelis in order to advance its objectives, and is recruiting for the purpose of espionage missions in Israel, including individuals regardless of their faith, including Arabs and Jews,” the report states.