Wikileaks: Israeli Mossad wanted to use
Kurds against Iran
By Wladimir van Wilgenburg
December 3, 2010
Documents leaked on last Sunday by Wikileaks suggest
Israeli Mossad chief Meir Dagan wanted to use Kurds
and ethnic minorities to topple the Iranian
government. The Israeli spy service wants to have a
weak divided Iran, like in Iraq where the Kurds have
their own government, the spy chief told an U.S.
According to a memo from August 2007, Dagan
described to Under-Secretary of State Nicholas Burns
the five pillars of Israel's Iran policy, among them
the desire to spark a revolution.
The memo notes, ‘instability in
Iran is driven by inflation and tension among ethnic
minorities. This, Dagan said, “presents unique
opportunities, and Israelis and Americans might see
a change in Iran in their lifetimes.”
Dagan notes that Iran could end up like Iraq. “As
for Iraq, it may end up a weak, federal state
comprised of three cantons or entities, one each
belonging to the Kurds, Sunnis and Shias.” He added
that Iran's minorities are "raising their heads, and
are tempted to resort to violence."
There are several Iranian Kurdish opposition groups.
The Party for Free Life in Kurdistan (PJAK) is based
in the border mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan and
carried out several attacks against Iranian forces
in the Kurdish regions of Iran. The party is closely
linked to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
Often Iran accused PJAK and other Kurdish
nationalist groups from Iran for being supported by
Israel, but so far they have denied this support.
Also U.S. and Israel denied supporting PJAK. The
U.S. Treasury branded the PJAK as a terrorist
organization last year. Furthermore the journalist
Seymour Hersh also claims U.S. supports PJAK and
other Iranian opposition groups.
The PJAK, or the (Partiya Jiyana Azad a Kurdistane) (Party of Free Life of
Kurdistan), is a militant Kurdish nationalist group based in northern Iraq that
has been carrying out attacks Iranian forces in the Kurdistan Province of Iran
(Eastern Kurdistan) and other Kurdish-inhabited areas.
2004 the PJAK took up arms for self-rule in Kurdistan province northwestern of
Iran (Iranian Kurdistan,www.ekurd.netEastern Kurdistan). Half the members of PJAK
are women. The PJAK has about 3,000 armed
Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey all have significant
ethnic Kurdish minorities. Estimate to 12 million
Kurds live in Iran.
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