An unidentified “Western intelligence agency” carried out four months ago a covert operation in the heart of the Syrian capital Damascus, the Israeli news outlet Intelli Times reported on January 28.
According to the outlet, the daring operation saw agents of the Western intelligence agency raiding the headquarters of the Iranian Quds Force’s Unit 840.
The headquarters is located in a residential building in the neighborhood of Kaf Susa, 3 kilometers away from the Syrian Presidential Palace. The neighborhood is highly-secured. The Ministry of Interior is located in the same neighborhood, which is guarded by two detachments from the Military Intelligence Directorate.
מבט מבית הקפה המשקיף על הבניין בפינת הרחובות בשכונת כפר סוסה, בדמשק, בה ניהלה יחידה 840 משרד שעסק במבצעי היחידה אל מול הגולן הסורי. pic.twitter.com/kIo3AgSz8D
— אינטלי טיימס – Intelli Times (@IntelliTimes) January 29, 2021
A video of the operation shows the agents seizing documents inside the Iranian unit’s headquarters and holding down one of the Syrian guards. Syrian activists noted that the alleged “Western agents” in the video spoke fluent Arabic with a distinctive Syrian accent.
תיעוד מרגעי הפשיטה pic.twitter.com/J5H6BRuIjC
— אינטלי טיימס – Intelli Times (@IntelliTimes) January 28, 2021
Last November, the Israeli Defense Forces accused the Unit 840 of planting three explosive devices along the Israel-Syria contact line in the occupied Golan Heights. Tel Aviv responded to the operation with a series of airstrikes on central and southern Syria.
Intelli Times said that the unit is commanded by Yazdan Mir, also known as “Sadir Baqiri.” The leader has two aides, Mukhtabi Hashimi and Mohssin Mohamad. The unit is allegedly training personnel in Syria to launch attacks against “Western targets.”
The Israeli report is highly questionable. Nevertheless, the Israeli intelligence carried out similar daring operations in Lebanon, Syria, Iran and many other countries in the past. The report itself is likely a threat to Syria and Iran.
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