Iraq on Monday categorically rejected Iran’s claim that Israel has a base in the Kurdistan region of Erbil province as false and baseless.
“No evidence has been found that supports Tehran’s claims that Israel’s foreign intelligence agency, the Mossad, operated a permanent spy station in the Kurdish city of Erbil,” Asharq al-Awsat quoted two officials as saying.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the officials said that Iran had shared its concern with the governments in Baghdad and Erbil about the presence of Iranian opposition elements in Kurdistan.
“Iran mentioned Israeli base (Mossad) soon after its elite Revolutionary Guards carried out missile attacks on Erbil on March 13,” the officials added.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said at that time that they had targeted Israeli intelligence base and vowed to seek revenge after two of its guards were killed in an Israeli airstrike in the Syrian capital a week earlier.
One of the Iraqi officials said that Iraq had asked the Iranian government to “back up its claims” regarding the presence of Israeli (Masoud), but Iran did not respond positively so far.
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