Yaalon: Iran Building Terror Network in Europe, U.S.

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -
Israeli Defense minister Moshe Yaalon, left, and his Cypriot counterpart Fotis Fotiou shake hands during their statements to the media after their meeting at the Defense ministry in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. Israel’s defense minister is accusing Iran of building an international terror network that includes ‘sleeper cells’ stockpiling arms, intelligence and operatives that are ready to strike on command in places including Europe and the U.S. Yaalon says Iran aims to destabilize the Middle East and other parts of the world and is training, funding and arming “emissaries” to spread revolution. He also says Tehran is the anchor of a “dangerous axis” that includes Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut, Saana and other cities in the region. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon (L) and his Cypriot counterpart Fotis Fotiou shake hands during their statements to the media after their meeting at the Defense ministry in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon is accusing Iran of building an international terror network that includes “sleeper cells” that are stockpiling arms, intelligence and operatives to be ready to strike on command in places including Europe and the U.S.

Yaalon says that Iran aims to destabilize the Middle East and other parts of the world and is training, funding and arming “emissaries” to spread a revolution. He says Tehran is the anchor of a “dangerous axis” that includes Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut, Saana and other cities in the region.

Israel considers Iran the biggest threat to the region, citing its support for anti-Israel terrorist groups like Hizbullah and Hamas.

Yaalon said after talks with his Cypriot counterpart Wednesday that the war in Syria has resulted in “widespread infiltration by murderous, merciless terror organizations.”