In recent weeks, in the international press - against the background of mass protests in Iran - there have been publications about another escalation of the conflict between Iran and Israel.
Tehran accuses Israeli special services of organizing the protests, which began due to the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after being detained by the police. She was detained for improperly wearing a hijab. Israel, for its part, resists the renewal of the so-called nuclear agreement, as it believes that it poses a threat to the security of Israel and other countries in the Middle East.
In addition, in the mass media and social networks against the background of the long-standing conflict, there are more and more reports about the actions of the special services - not only of Iran and Israel, but also of other countries, which in one way or another have ties with these two countries.
In July and October, Iran announced the detention on its territory of several groups of agents allegedly working for Israel. And shortly before that, the Israeli media reported on the disclosure of a network of Iranian agents who were allegedly preparing terrorist attacks against tourists from Israel to Turkey.
A year ago, the special services of Cyprus detained six people on suspicion of preparing the murders of five Israeli businessmen living on the island, some of whom were engaged in agreements for the sale of special equipment to Arab countries - with the permission of the Israeli Ministry of Defense.
According to Israeli special services, Orkhan Asadov, a citizen of Azerbaijan and Russia, played a key role in the preparation of the alleged murders. He lived, as it is claimed, in Moscow and engaged in small business. Asadov was supposed to either shoot the businessmen or kidnap one of them, the representatives of the special services of Cyprus claimed.
Asadov was caught by external surveillance cameras. The operatives found his behavior strange, and soon he was detained by agents of the anti-terrorist unit of the Republic of Cyprus.
During the detention, a pistol with a silencer and a list of businessmen's names were found in Asadov's possession. The detainee first tried to pass himself off as a killer sent by the "Russian mafia" to deal with the debtor. But, according to Israeli intelligence services, Asadov allegedly had to take revenge for the murder of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh and a high-ranking officer of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in November 2020.
Tehran blamed the Mossad for the murder. The mass media wrote that the car in which the scientist was located was fired from a large-caliber weapon controlled remotely. On the day of the operation, a truck was waiting for Fahrizadeh's car on the road. The robot fired 15 bullets with the car of a nuclear physicist. After that, the pickup was remotely launched into the air, but, according to sources, it was not possible to completely destroy the weapon. Iranian media previously wrote that the scientist could have been killed by an Israeli satellite-guided weapon.
Israel has neither confirmed nor denied the accusations of killing the Iranian scientist, but it is likely that Israeli intelligence officers could have been conducting work in Iran at the time - including continuing the search for pilot Ron Arad, who went missing in 1988. He was captured in Lebanon and was handed over to Iran. Since that time, Israel has not stopped trying to find out the whereabouts of its serviceman.
The name of Orkhan Asadov appeared again in the press the other day. Israeli sources wrote about him, who found out that the Russian was detained in his historical homeland - in Azerbaijan. Azerbaijani special services conducted an operation to detect Iranian agents in the country, and Asadov was allegedly among the detainees.
According to Azerbaijani sources, including Telegram channels, apparently informed that Asadov and a number of other detained Azerbaijani Shiites were trained in an Iranian camp in Syria, under the leadership of one of the special units of the Guards Corps - "Sepakh-e". .
Exactly how Asadov, who was detained in Cyprus, ended up in Azerbaijan is not completely clear. Israeli sources suggest that he could have been extradited to Russia and returned to his historic homeland from there. It is also not known for certain whether this is Asadov, who was detained in Cyprus, or his full namesake.
The next parliamentary elections were held in Israel these days. Ex-head of the government Benjamin Netanyahu will return to the chair of the prime minister. In 2018, he showed documents that, according to Israel, prove the existence of the Amad program in Iran - the secret development of nuclear weapons. In Tehran, the charges were dismissed.