In its ‘Annual Report 2005-2006’, the Parliamentary Intelligence & Security Committee referred to increasing international tension over Iran’s nuclear programme and its backing for terrorist groups in the Middle East. The Committee stated:
“There is a possibility of an increased threat to UK interests from Iranian state-sponsored terrorism should the diplomatic situation deteriorate.”
The threat is often repeated by officials of the Iranian regime. On 16 April 2006, The Sunday Times reported Dr Hassan Abbasi, head of the Centre for Doctrinal Strategic Studies in the Revolutionary Guards, as saying that 29 western targets had been identified for suicide attacks. He added: “We are ready to attack American and British sensitive points if they attack Iran’s nuclear facilities”. Abbasi warned would-be martyrs to “pay close attention to wily England” and vowed that “Britain’s demise is on our agenda”. The threat is why the government and security services must properly investigate agents of the Ministry of Intelligence operating in Britain and take steps to stop their activities. This paper concentrates on the role played by the Ministry of Intelligence in terrorist atrocities across the world. It also identifies agents of the regime operating in Britain and the steps needed to deal with the threats they pose.