A report says the “autonomous Kurdistan region” in northern Iraq, run by Massoud Barzani (photo), has turned into a safe haven for Mossad spies to conduct their terrorist operations against Iranian nuclear scientists.

The Israeli intelligence service “has apparently even set up a military base in this area and is freely operating there,” fardanews.com reported Sunday.

The Islamic Republic officials have in the past made reference to the fact that the terror operations against Iranians are being directed from neighboring territories.

The [Israeli] occupier regime of al-Quds (Jerusalem) is exploiting the soil of a region abutting our land and even has a terrorist training base and military site there,” Iranian Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi said on June 17.

Regional media had previously reported that Mansour Barzani, Massoud’s son, had received two Tel Aviv officials, the Israeli chief of special operations and the coordinator for Israeli-Kurdish relations, in the Kurdistan region.

During their one-and-a-half-hour meeting, the two sides reportedly explored all avenues for increasing bilateral military relations and the ensuing trade with Israel.

On June 21, Moslehi said the architect of the Iranian nuclear scientists’ assassinations had been identified and apprehended, adding that the arrest had dealt a heavy blow to Western intelligence services.

A week earlier, Iran’s Intelligence Ministry announced the capture of the main elements behind the assassination of two Iranian nuclear scientists - Majid Shahriari and Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan - and Reza Qashqaei, the driver of the latter scientist.

Ahmadi Roshan and his driver were assassinated in January 2012 after an unknown motorcyclist attached a magnet bomb to his car in Tehran.

Professor Shahriari and Dr. Fereydoun Abbasi were targeted by terrorist attacks on November 29, 2010; Shahriari was killed immediately and Dr. Abbasi, the current head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, sustained injuries.

Source: PressTV