Iranian conspiracy theory: Israeli settlements in Iraq?

Fars News Agency says Israelis buying up property in ISIS-held areas.

December 23, 2014 18:00
Israeli espionage

Shadowy figure uses cell phone (illustrative). (photo credit: INGIMAGE)

In a conspiracy theory fit for the Ayatollah, Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency reported Tuesday that Israeli businessmen are buying properties in Islamic State-held areas of northern Iraq for eventual Jewish settlement.

According to the report, local real estate agencies in Mosul and other cities in northern Iraq have been buying the houses of Christians and Yazidis displaced by the Islamic State at "attractive prices." The agents, Fars reports, then sell the properties to the Israelis.

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Fars quoted an unnamed source as saying that more than 2,000 Jews have already settled in Iraq's Kurdistan region.

Iranian officials have previously suggested that Israel and Islamic State are in league.

Iranian Defense Minister Brig.Gen. Hossein Dehqan said in October that Islamic State and Israel are two sides of the same coin, seeking to weaken the anti-Zionism resistance movements in Palestine, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq.

Fars reported at the same time that Kurdish forces had found Israeli supplies and equipment at Islamic State terrorist hideouts in the Iraqi cities of Mosul and Kirkuk.

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