Intelligence agencies are searching for members of an Iranian network of assassins that have been ordered to attack Jewish, Israeli and Western targets in Turkey, Sky News reported on Sunday. Full article in Israel Hayom:
Sources told the news network that Unit 400, a secret Iranian special-ops division of the Revolutionary Guard’s elite Quds Force, is believed to be preparing an attack that is already in its advanced stages and is meant to be carried out in the near future.
Intelligence sources told Sky News that in recent months Unit 400 has been developing “a standing operating procedure for carrying out an attack in Turkey against Western targets as well as Israeli and Jewish [ones].” The source added that intelligence assessments have shown “these procedures are in a very advanced stage, and that the intention is to act on the plans very soon.”
The sources also told Sky News that in the wake of growing threats of possible military action against Iran’s nuclear program, Unit 400 has been instructed to carry out “more frequent and more daring terror attacks around the world as a demonstration of ‘Iran’s asymmetric power.’”
Unit 400 falls under the direct command of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who reportedly controls the Quds Force through his close associate Qassem Suleiman.
“He runs the whole thing - directly,” a source told Sky News, adding that President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad “makes all the noise and gets the attention” but that Khamenei “is in charge of what is going on especially when it comes to international operations."