Senior intelligence sources in Tel Aviv announced Wednesday that the Mossad and the Israeli military intelligence division have thwarted at least 50 terrorist attacks in 20 countries over the past three years, including Turkey, France, and some Arab countries.
The sources said, according to a report broadcast by Channel 12 of Israeli television, that some of these operations were plotted by ISIS, while others by Iran, its militias, and various organs. Of the 50 operations in 20 countries, 12 were foiled in Turkey alone, the report said.
Despite the strained relations between Israel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Israel has decided to inform the latter of these operations. “In more than one case, he has been informed of this while he continued his strong attacks against Israel," according to the sources.
The report added that one of the aborted operations was a plan to assassinate Iranian opposition figures, who participated in a conference in France. Information reached Israel, which was quick to inform the French intelligence. The report also noted that Israel prevented a plot to detonate a civilian Australian aircraft.
In other cases, a number of Gulf states have been informed of plots to activate several sleeping terrorist cells operating in Iran’s favor and assigned to carry out a series of assassinations of political and military leaders. The sources emphasized that the cells were established by the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.