Intelligence Entities Active in US
Washington Free Beacon
Iran's intelligence service includes 30,000 people who are engaged in covert and clandestine activities that range from spying to stealing technology to terrorist bombings and assassination, according to a Pentagon report.
The report concluded that Iran's Ministry of Intelligence and Security, known as MOIS, is "one of the largest and most dynamic intelligence agencies in the Middle East."
The ministry actively supports Iran's radical Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps that has been involved in terrorist bombings from Argentina to Lebanon, according to the report produced by the Pentagon's Irregular Warfare Support Program and published last month by the Library of Congress Federal Research Division...
"MOIS provides financial, material, technological, or other support services to Hamas, Hezbollah, and al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), all designated terrorist organizations under U.S. Executive Order 13224," the report said.
The spy service operates in all areas where Iran has interests, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Central Asia, Africa, Austria, Azerbaijan, Croatia, France, Georgia, Germany, Turkey, Britain, and the Americas, including the United States.
Iranian activities in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, and Venezuela have raised alarm among U.S. government officials.
The effort appears part of "Iran's strategy of establishing a presence in the backyard of the United States for purposes of expanding Shi'a and revolutionary ideology, establishing networks for intelligence and covert operations, and waging asymmetrical warfare against the United States," the report said.
"In Latin America, Iran's intelligence agencies--MOIS but mostly the Quds Force--use Hezbollah to achieve their goals."
Israel also is a major target of the MOIS and support for Hezbollah in Lebanon is a major Tehran intelligence objective.
The ministry is under the direct control of Iran's theocratic dictator, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and all its ministers must become Islamic clerics as a precondition for the post. However, the agency recruits foreigners, including British nationals and Israeli Jews.
"To advance its goals, MOIS recruits individuals regardless of their beliefs, including Arabs or Jews to spy in Israel," the report said.
One MOIS deputy minister, Saeed Emami, was appointed to a key post despite being Jewish by birth.
According to the report, Iranian intelligence is expanding operations in the Middle East and Mediterranean by setting up electronic eavesdropping stations.
Iran also has formed a "cyber command" to conduct both offensive and defensive cyber warfare operations following the June 2010 Stuxnet virus that crippled Iran's uranium-enrichment infrastructure.
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