801, please post more info
Be assured that Mugniyeh has something to do with this. If you really need more proof, let me know and I will provide analysis. - 801
TERROR TRAIL OF CASH LEADS TO IRAN, SAUDIS
Oct 1, 2005
In the war with Palestinian terrorists, Israel is learning to follow the money.
What investigators have uncovered is the secret funneling of millions of dollars from Iran and Saudi Arabia to groups like Hamas in the West Bank.
The money played a major role in the five-year offensive, begun in September 2000, that accounted for more than 24,000 attacks by Palestinians on Israelis, including 142 homicide bombings.
Those bombings accounted for 510 Israeli deaths, or just over half the fatalities.
A report by the Israeli secret service showed how the money trail worked:
Iran "invested more than $10 million to encourage terrorist activity against Israel."
The money was funneled through Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon, as well as Western Union, money launderers and Mideast banks.
After Muntafar Abu Ralyub, a Tanzim militia commander in Jenin, was captured in 2004, he revealed that the basic payment from Hezbollah for a terrorist attack ranged from $600 to $1,100.
If the attack resulted in the death or wounding of an Israeli, there was a $900 bonus, he said.
Another arrested terrorist, Yusef Atik of the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade in the West Bank, described getting a phone call from a Hezbollah operative in Lebanon who told him "You're going to make some money."
Atik found that $1,000 was deposited in his Bank Cairo Amman account in Tulkarem ? and another $5,000 was soon added.
In return he was trained ? through e-mail and CDs he was given in Jenin ? in how to teach other militants such skills as how to design explosive belts for homicide bombers.
Iran isn't the only source, the Israelis found.
Yaakub Abu-Asav, a 33-year-old Palestinian with Israeli ID because he lived in east Jerusalem, was arrested after it was discovered he was "the liaison man between the Hamas headquarters in Saudi Arabia and Hamas in the West Bank."
Kind of sloppy, but an interesting fact stated. Is it a fact? Who knows? But mugniyeh lends himself to this sort of reporting:
".......in a combined CIA/Mossad operation, a powerful car bomb went off at the entrance to the house of Hizbullah’s spiritual leader, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah. Seventy-five people were killed. One of them was his brother. Hunted by the CIA and the Mossad, Mughniyeh hid in Iran.
In February 1992, Israeli helicopter gunships attacked the convoy of the then head of Hizbullah, Sheikh Abas Musawi, in South Lebanon. Musawi, his wife and children were killed and the revenge attack followed a month later. According to press reports, Mughniyeh was called back into action and, in a well-planned and devastating attack, his people blew up the Israeli embassy in Argentina. The building was demolished and 92 were killed. Only last year, after a long investigation, did Argentina issue a warrant for Mughniyeh’s arrest.
Now, this is not Debka, it is Dafka... here is what their website states;
"DAFKA" is an acronym for Defending America For Knowledgeable Action. Our mission is to proactively fight the propaganda and indoctrination campaign currently being waged on US campuses by proactively providing the truth and information about the Arab and militant Muslim war being waged against a fellow American ally, Israel.
Israel is America's number one ally. And we at DAFKA consider our work also as helping the US in an increasingly totalitarian world.
“DAFKA” (sometimes spelled "DAVKA" in English) also has many meanings in Hebrew. It refers to the period when the tribes of Moses were at their lowest and received manna from heaven. Classically it means “between thine eyes”. Contemporaneously, it means “in spite of…”. And in modern Hebrew slang it means “in your face!”.
Whew, that makes sense....-801
If this was not Mugniyeh, it was somebody damn close to him who set this up. It has all of his trademarks. Education, Indoctrination, lethal. This could be the fall out of his visits to Iraq reported last year. - 801
Iran 'is training Basra killers'
Iran's military are accused of links to Shia militias in Iraq
Specialist bomb-makers targeting British troops in southern Iraq are being trained by an elite arm of Iran's armed forces, UK defence sources say.
Insurgents making tank-busting explosives, which have killed eight UK soldiers in recent months, are being trained in Iran and Lebanon, they say.
BBC defence correspondent Paul Wood in Basra says the claims implicate the Iranian government. Tehran denies them.
The MoD said the new claims supported Tony Blair's concerns of an Iran link.
The prime minister said evidence linked the attacks either to Iran or its militant, Lebanese allies Hezbollah, but added that officials could not be sure.
Defence sources now say Iran's Revolutionary Guard, which is an elite fighting force appointed by the country's supreme leader, is giving the original bomb-making training to Iraq insurgents, our correspondent said.
The bomb specialists are then said to return to Basra where they spread the knowledge among fellow insurgents targeting British military convoys.
The bombs being used have a specially shaped charge capable of puncturing a hole in the cladding of UK armoured vehicles, Paul Wood said.
The particular nature of those devices lead us either to Iranian elements or to Hezbollah... however, we can't be sure of this
Tony Blair on claims of an Iran link
The success of these attacks has led British forces to use helicopters to transport troops so as to avoid being targeted, he added.
These fresh claims, which first appeared in the Sun newspaper, follow earlier allegations by a British official over Iranian links to the Shia insurgents in southern Iraq.
The unnamed official also linked the type of bombs used in the attacks on UK forces in Basra to Iran's Revolutionary Guard.
Blair expressed concern during a joint conference with the Iraqi leader
They had provided technology to a Shia Muslim group in southern Iraq, he claimed, prompting a diplomatic storm.
The accusation was the first time a British official had made specific allegations over Iran's role in Iraq.
Speaking at a joint news conference in London with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani last week, Mr Blair said it was clear "that there have been new explosive devices used - not just against British troops but elsewhere in Iraq.
"The particular nature of those devices lead us either to Iranian elements or to Hezbollah... however, we can't be sure of this," he added.
Despite the qualification, Mr Blair said there could be "no justification" for interfering in Iraq.
The Ministry of Defence said these new claims supported the prime minister's comments.
A spokesman said the evidence pointed towards Iranian involvement, but it did not have decisive proof.
Reiterating the prime minister's statement he said: "What is clear is that there are new types of explosives being used by insurgents in Basra and elsewhere in Iraq.
"The particular nature of them leads us to think of Iranian elements or Hezbollah".
But he said there was no clear proof Iran's Revolutionary Guard was involved.
Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said the UK hoped to discuss the evidence with Iran.
But the Iranian government has dismissed the claims as "baseless" and demanded the UK government produce evidence to back up the claims.
Basra's governor has accused UK forces of destabilising the area
It has also denied any role in the blasts that have killed eight British soldiers in Iraq in the last five months.
Meanwhile British forces in Iraq are trying to draw a line under the storming of a police station in Basra by saying the UK is prepared to pay compensation for injuries and damage suffered in the incident.
In a joint statement, the British Consulate General, representing the Army, and the Provincial Council of Basra expressed "regret" over the incidents which took place in the city on September 19.
"We also regret the casualties on both sides and the material damage to public facilities," the statement said.
"The British Government is prepared to pay valid claims for compensation for casualties and material damage in the well-established manner."
The British commander in the city ordered troops to storm the police station to rescue two undercover SAS soldiers who were said to have been handed over to local militias after being arrested by Iraqi police.
The local governor denounced the British action as "barbaric" and the incident threatened to wreck relations between the UK forces and Iraqi authorities.
Some of the info on that page was new to me, including this old photo:
Wanted by Argentina, presumably for the Jewish community center bombing. There is a Lebanese Shi'ite community in Argentina.
If you would like to see some real photos of Mugniyeh, Go to the local Barnes and Nobles and check out Robert Baer's "See No Evil" This ex CIA guy has hunted Mugniyeh and includes a few photos of him in that book that he found. Yep, he looks like that picture. Very slight guy, Napoleonic complex indicated. - That wacky 801
Last edited by The 801; 10-17-2005 at 08:40 AM.
Now, Here is a business associate of Mugniyeh's who has been in the news lately.( sorry for the comments)
Syria Interior minister commits suicide
DAMASCUS, Syria, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Syrian Interior Minister Ghazi Kenaan committed suicide Wednesday, days before the release of a U.N. report into the slaying of ex-Lebanon premier Rafik Hariri. (Lebanese Billionair trying to rebuild Lebanon physically and politically. - 801)
Kenaan, 63, who was head of Syrian military intelligence in Lebanon between 1982 and 2001,( 1982, Mugniyeh was about 25, and had been running wild making a name for himself on the streets of Beruit as a very dangerous guy. He was discovered by Yasser Arafat and became a member of the PLO's Force 17, a combination presidental body guard and special forces and wrecking crew. You can bet that Imad was well known to Kenaan, probibly did some work for him. - this is informed speculation of course, but fits known facts - 801) is the second senior Syrian official to end his life in five years. Former Prime Minister Mahmoud Zooby committed suicide in May 2000 in his home where he was held under arrest on charges of corruption.
The official Syrian News Agency, SANA, said Kenaan committed suicide in his office in Damascus.
Kenaan was interviewed along with other Syrian security officials by an international team investigating Hariri's Feb. 14 assassination in a massive Beirut blast. ( a graceful exit, considering the curcumstances - The ever thoughtful 801)
He had contacted the Lebanese "Voice of Lebanon" radio hours before he committed suicide, saying "I believe this is the last statement that I can make." He said Syria has "a great interest" in uncovering the truth about Hariri's assassination, stressing that his testimony to the international investigators was aimed at "shedding light on the phase during which we served Lebanon."
Syria ended its military and intelligence presence in Lebanon last April 26. ( After Kenaan killed Hariri, that is ...- The let's call a spade a spade 801)
In the early days of his career, Kenaan served as intelligence chief in several Syrian regions. In 2001 he was appointed as head of political security department and became Interior minister in 2004.
He was married and father of six. ( Umm, only one wife. Those bathist ain't too religous, are they? - The sad sack sunni sociologist 801)
Seems to me we always overlook the Science Daily as a news source, don't we? - 801
Thanks 801, I'll look for that book.
I'll do a little theorizing... IMO Mugniyeh's sheer insanity is what makes him different from all the other senior Muslim terrorists. Other outright psychos, like Moussaoui, just follow orders until they are killed or locked up by one side or the other. If Mugniyeh was already clinical in 1985, what shape is in now? Can he really be alive and at large, and still given authority and money and papers by (say) some faction in Iran or Syria? The last I've really heard of Mugniyeh abroad is the 1996 report of a meeting in Sudan between a Qaida representative and a Hizbollah representative, said to be IFM, hosted by a Sudanese sheikh called Ali Numeini. But that report has had little real substantiation AFAIK and it has the ring of sheer rumour to me.
Lebanese Hizbollah is not what it was 10-20 years ago; they were big heroes of the gutter when the Israelis withdrew from southern Lebanon (after chasing Arafat's gang to Beirut) but that episode doesn't impress younger Muslims any more, the Syrians are being hooted out of Lebanon by Lebanese Sunnis and Christians, Israel's current enemies are primarily Sunni Hamas and the many irreligious Palestinian street gangs, etc. etc. None of these groups ever mentions Mugniyeh.
I suppose Mugniyeh might be at home in a Shiite community somewhere, among refugees and fugitives and drifters who retain the rather distinctive Lebanese culture. Or he could be in a sort of protective custody in Iran, as, for example, Idi Amin was given shelter by the Sauds, and Abu Sayyef by Saddam Hussein. Perhaps Iran or Syria keeps Mugniyeh around for possible future use as a bargaining chip, if not as an assassin.
A lot of the "big" terrorists are unusually short, have you noticed? Haroun Fazul aka Fazul Abdullah Mohammed is only 5'3" to 5'5". Adnan Shukijumah 5'3" to 5'6". The Bangladesh Wahhabi with red beard (Abdur Rahman?) 5'3".
But I've got to get back to work on that Arabic translation software Lots of people are waiting for it.
Interesting Stuff Vancouver,
Allow me to comment in a later post. But basically, I think he runs a Madrass in Qods, Iran for the spread of Islamic terror. You see, a lot of his buddies, who supported him have now risen to high positions in the new Iranian govenment. I will elucidate of that later. But I will bet he has something to do with this:
Iran’s senior officials to honour suicide bombers in ceremony
Mon. 17 Oct 2005
Tehran, Iran, Oct. 17 – Volunteers for suicide bombing operations will be honoured during a ceremony attended by senior Iranian government officials later this month, the spokesman for the “Headquarters for Commemoration of Martyrs of Global Islamic Movement” said on Sunday.
The gathering which will take place in Tehran on October 30 has been entitled “Men of the Sun”, Mohammad-Ali Samadi announced in an interview with the state-owned Mehr news agency.
Samadi said that forms would be provided to attendees to volunteer for suicide operations, adding, “Until now, 40,000 people have signed up for martyrdom-seeking operations and three battalions of volunteers for these operations have been formed and the formation of more battalions will be announced in due course”.
Last week, a top general of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) issued a direct threat to the United States and its allies, warning that the Islamic Republic had identified “all the weak points of our enemies” and has suicide operation volunteers “ready to strike at these sensitive locations” in retaliation to any attack.
“We know all of the enemies’ weak points and what to do against them. Today, we have martyrdom-seeking individuals who are ready to strike at these sensitive points”, Brigadier General Mohammad Kossari, who heads the Security Bureau of Iran’s Armed Forces, told the state-run news agency ILNA.
Last month, Iran’s newly-installed Defence Minister announced that the Islamic Republic had volunteers for suicide bombing that enabled the country to stand up to foreign enemies.
Brigadier General Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar, a veteran Revolutionary Guards commander, told a gathering of Guards commanders in Tehran, “The Iranian nation has martyrdom-seeking Bassij forces, and so there is no need for nuclear weapons”, according to Parto-Sokhan, an ultra-Islamist weekly close to Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The Bassij - affiliated to the IRGC - are hard-line Islamist vigilantes loyal to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
“A nation which has a spirit of devotion, sacrifice, self-forgoing, and martyrdom-seeking does not need nuclear weapons and can use its devoted forces to stand against the enemies and neutralise all their threats”, Defence Minister Mohammad-Najjar said.
“Our martyrs have shown the world powers that Islamic Iran is alive, dynamic, and willing to make the biggest sacrifices to defend its values and dignity”, Mohammad-Najjar said.
In July, Parto-Sokhan conducted a series of interviews with the commander of a military garrison that was opened in Iran to recruit and train volunteers for “martyrdom-seeking operations”.
Mohammad-Reza Jaafari, a general in the IRGC, told the weekly that the new “Lovers of Martyrdom Garrison” (Gharargahe Asheghane Shahadat, in Persian) would recruit individuals willing to carry out suicide operations against Western targets.