The Middle East Newsline has confirmed that the Netherlands has been working with the United States to gather intelligence on Iran’s military programs.
A Dutch newspaper, De Telegraaf, had reported the Netherlands has identified a range of military and industrial targets for a U.S. attack on Iran. De Telegraaf said the Dutch AIVD intelligence agency withdrew a leading agent from Iran amid an assessment that the United States would conduct a major air strike over the next few weeks.
“The United States was thought to be making a decision within weeks to attack Iran with unmanned aircraft,” the newspaper said. Western intelligence sources said the report appeared to be part of a psychological campaign against Iran. But the sources said the CIA has been working with several NATO and other intelligence agencies in an effort to determine Iranian nuclear and strategic targets.
De Telegraaf said AIVD infiltrated Iran’s defense industry and hampered development projects. The newspaper said the Dutch agency shared data on Iranian programs with the CIA.
“The operation, described as extremely successful, was halted recently in connection with plans for an impending U.S. air attack on Iran,” De Telegraaf said. “Targets connected to the Dutch espionage operation would also be bombed. Information from the AIVD operation has in recent years been shared with the CIA.”
The report was published amid renewed Iranian threats to retaliate against any Israeli or U.S. strike. In late August, Iranian Deputy Chief of Staff Brig. Gen. Masaoud Jazayeri warned that any attack on Iran would trigger what he termed World War III.
“The exorbitant demands of U.S. leaders and world Zionism, which have created the current situation in Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan and the Caucasus, are gradually directing the world to the brink,” Gen. Jazayeri said.
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