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Iran claims to arrest CIA agent

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 10:51 AM EST, Sat December 17, 2011
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The alleged spy had served in Iraq and Afghanistan, state media says
  • Iran claimed 12 CIA "spies" were arrested in November

(CNN) -- Iran's Intelligence Ministry claimed it had arrested an Iranian-American working as a CIA agent, state media reported Saturday.

The alleged spy is a CIA analyst who has served in American military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, state-run Press TV reported, citing a statement from the Intelligence Ministry.

The suspect was "tasked with carrying out a complex intelligence operation and infiltrating the Iranian intelligence apparatus," Press TV reported.

CNN could not independently confirm the report, and there was no immediate response from the United States. From time to time, Iran announces the capture of CIA agents without further detail.

Last month, an Iranian legislator said the Intelligence Ministry had arrested 12 CIA "spies."

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