World Cup could be targeted by Iran: reports

A high Israeli army intelligence official mentioned on Monday that Iran could be mounting an assault on the World Cup, however could hesitate resulting from uncertainty over how the host Qataris would react.

Major General Aharon Haliva, head of Israeli Defense Forces Intelligence, attended an Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) convention in Tel Aviv on Monday, and spoke about protests taking on the nation and the way they could influence the World Cup, soccer’s largest worldwide event .

Enner Valencia of Ecuador scores his aspect’s first objective throughout a Group A – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 match between Qatar and Ecuador at Al Bayt Stadium on November 20, 2022, in Al Khor, Qatar.
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“Iran is contemplating disrupting the World Cup 2022 in Qatar,” Haliva mentioned. “However, the one factor stopping them – what is going to be the Qatari response?”

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Protests in Iran have been ongoing ever since a lady named Mahsa Amini died whereas in custody of the morality police in Tehran in September, in what’s being referred to as the most important problem to Iran’s clerical leaders for the reason that 1979 revolution.

Not solely did Amini’s loss of life spark outrage in Tehran, however the protests unfold throughout the nation.

Leaders of the nation deployed troops to a Kurdish metropolis to regain management of the city, which was overtaken by protesters.

Protesters in Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza outside the United Nations building demonstrate against the Iranian regime's president, Ebrahim Raisi, for his direct role in the massacre of political prisoners in 1988. Raisi is to address the United Nations General Assembly today, September 21, 2022.

Protesters in Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza outdoors the United Nations constructing exhibit towards the Iranian regime’s president, Ebrahim Raisi, for his direct position within the bloodbath of political prisoners in 1988. Raisi is to handle the United Nations General Assembly at the moment, September 21, 2022.
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Social media movies confirmed the streets of Mahabad had been full of army automobiles, and in a single incident, Iranian forces opened fireplace on a crowd gathered for what was presupposed to be a speech from the governor.

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Haliva mentioned the present protests are uncommon due to their period and depth, including how the demonstrations are altering the strains of civil riots.

It is troubling to Iran’s regime, particularly due to rising and present worldwide stress and hard financial scenario, the final mentioned.

Iranian soccer fans hold up signs reading Woman Life Freedom and Freedom For Iran, prior to the World Cup group B soccer match between England and Iran at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Monday, Nov.  21, 2022.

Iranian soccer followers maintain up indicators studying Woman Life Freedom and Freedom For Iran, previous to the World Cup group B soccer match between England and Iran on the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022.
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“As the stress on Iran will increase, the Iranian response to varied occasions is extra aggressive,” he mentioned. “We ought to count on extra aggressive actions by Iran within the area and the world.”

As Iran determines its subsequent step, Haliva was adamant that the World Cup was threatened.

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“I’m telling you that the Iranians are actually contemplating hitting the World Cup in Qatar as nicely,” he mentioned. “They worry the response of the Qataris. This development will proceed. Iran is pressured, and this interprets into aggressive actions.”

Fox News’ Yonat Friling contributed to this report.

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