According to a report released by the U.S. Department of Defense and Congress, Iran is spying on Israel through surveillance stations in northern Syria and the Golan Heights in cooperation with Hizbullah, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported on Monday.
“Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security: A Profile” reveals that two intelligence gathering posts in the region have been in operation since 2006.
However, the report seems muted in its concern. “The technology at the two established SIGNIT (signals intelligence) stations indicates that Iran’s capabilities are still limited, with little scope for high-level strategic intelligence gathering,” the report said,
Two additional SIGNIT stations were planned to be in operation in northern Syria in January 2007, according to the report, but there was no confirmation of their existence.
Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security provides Hizbullah in Lebanon with logistical and material support, and Hizbullah assists in its intelligence operations, according to the report.
The report also said that Iran can collect intelligence through reconnaissance aircraft, but that the capability is limited to small military operations that use only a few reconnaissance planes.