Iraqi security forces foil terrorist plan to destabilize Iran
The border security agents who were inspecting the culprits at the Iranian-Iraqi border found explosives, hand grenades, and other weapons in their possession.
Shafaq news agency reported on Friday that the Iraqi security forces neutralized a terrorist cell of eight people in Basra, south of Iraq, who were planning to organize riots to further fuel the destabilization of the situation in Iran.
According to an official from the province of Basra, "A terrorist cell that planned protests so as to destabilize the situation in Iran and spark violence there has been neutralized," adding that the cell was made up of seven Iraqis and one Indian national.
The suspects had been arrested during an inspection while they were crossing the Iraqi-Iranian border.
Border security agents found explosives, hand grenades, and other weapons in the culprits' possession.
Iran has in recent months been facing a surge of riots over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, which was wrongfully reported by western media as having been caused by blows to the body and head while under the custody of the Iranian Morality Police.
Riots kept going although forensic reports revealed that the cause of her death was illness.
Tehran has revealed that foreign powers have had a hand in fueling the protests, including the US, the UK, France, Norway, and most recently Germany.
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"The German embassy played a significant and influential role in exercising diplomatic pressure on Iran during the riots in the country," sources told Fars news agency on Wednesday.
"The German embassy in Tehran played a pivotal role in igniting the riots in the country, and embassy officials held meetings with officials of a number of other European embassies to expand the conflict and tension in Iran," the sources added.
"Nationals of 14 countries were arrested during the recent events, including Americans, British, French, and Austrians, as well as people from Russia and Afghanistan."
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