Riyadh involved in Iran consulate incident in Basra: Iraqi TV
Tehran, Iraqi Alahad TV channel broadcasted several audio files, revealing the involvement of Saudi intelligence agency in the recent unrest in the Iraqi city of Basra and its relation with some mercenaries in the city's security organization.
The media has received some audio files from its sources which indicate the Saudi intelligence agency has been trying to recruit people in Basra to use them for special missions.
The audio files which contained information, collected from Basra, were reportedly given to an officer named Abu Khalid al-Sa'udi, to whom the mission of creating unrest in Basra was assigned.
The disclosed audio files also showed the Saudis gave money and gifts to those who provide them with information from inside Iraq.
In one of the audio files, the Saudi officer asks the Iraqi spy to determine the kind of al-Hashd al-Shaabi centers and to inform him whether they are training centers or not, and whether the headquarters are primary or secondary.
Based on the audio files, the Saudi intelligence service has an extensive network of spies not only in southern Iraq but also in the west, center and north of the country.
Protesters in the southern city of Basra are rioting over poor public services, especially the lack of drinking water. In recent days, unrest has intensified, and at least 11 people have been killed in the clashes and more than 100 others, including a number of security forces, have been injured.
On Thursday evening, a number of protesters attacked and torched Iraqi political party offices and headquarters, including Consulate General of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA