Heavily armed and masked German police [Photo Source: Kalle Schwensen]

The German magazine FOCUS reported that on Tuesday, German police searched the homes and offices of 10 Iranian spies that are part of the so-called Al-Quds Force, a branch of Iran’s military engaged in covert operations abroad and considered a terror group. This elite Iranian force provides teams that kill for the Iranian intelligence service Vevak, in addition to assisting the terrorist organization Hamas in killing their opponents. The Iranians were spying on Israelis in Germany. In particular, the spy ring was discovered to be spying on Israeli and Jewish targets.  The search for the spies — involving special police forces — were carried out in Berlin, Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia.

The investigation was prompted by a tip-off from Germany’s domestic intelligence service, the spokeswoman said, adding that no suspects had been arrested. Germany last month summoned Iran’s ambassador to warn Tehran against spying on individuals and groups with close ties to Israel, calling such acts an unacceptable breach of German law. The move came after a Pakistani man was convicted of spying for Iran in Germany.

Two weeks ago, Israeli media reported that the Shin Bet security agency and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) discovered, arrested and exposed members of an Iranian spy network that was sponsored by Iran operating in Judea and Samaria. The network was recruited and funded by an Iranian intelligence agent living in South Africa. The Shin Bet reported that the key suspect in the arrests in the operation is Mohammed Maharmeh, a 29-year-old computer engineering student from Hebron.

Mohammed Maharmeh also recruited two operatives from Hebron – Nur Maharmeh and Diaa Sarahana – both 22. The two agreed to establish a terror cell with guidance from Iran, and Mohammed Maharmeh received $8,000 from Iran as a reward, Israel Hayom reported.

The Shin Bet said that the exposed network demonstrates the scope of Iranian involvement in mobilizing terrorism against Israel. It also clearly shows how far Iran’s tentacles reach all over the world, in its efforts to harm Israel.