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How CIA creates extremist factions, and set conditions for resolving the problems

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10 مايو، 2017/0 .
اذا اردتم ان تعرفوا كيف يتم التحكم بالارهاب طالعوا اجابة وزير الخارجية الجزائري “بن فليس ” السابق كيف تخلصت الجزائر من
الارهاب الذي فتك بها حتى اواخر التسعينات

أ. د . عبدالحميد دشتي نائب سابق في مجلس الامة الكويتي
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سؤال مقدم للسيد بن فليس
كيف تمكنتم في الجزائر من القضاء على ظاهرة العنف والقتل والتي استمرت لسنوات عديدة ؟؟؟؟؟
نظر إليَّ السيد بن فليس وأخذ نفسا عميقا مع تنهيدة بسيطة , قام عن مقعده وطلب مني أن نسير سويا بمحاذاة الشاطيء …..

قال والحديث لبن فليس :
في أحد الأيام استدعاني الرئيس بوتفليقة إلى مقره , فوجدت عنده السفير الأمريكي ومعه ثلاثة أشخاص آخرين , تبين أنهم من دائرة السي أي ايه الأمريكية .

طلب مني بوتفليقة الإستماع لما سيقولون . بدأ السفير الأمريكي بالكلام قائلا :
هل ترغبون يا سادة أن تنتهي حالة العنف والقتل السائدة لديكم في الجزائر ؟؟؟
فأجابه الرئيس بوتفليقة :
طبعا وبدون شك ……

استطرد السفير قائلا :
حسنا , نستطيع أن ننهي لكم هذا الوضع وبسرعة , ولكن وحتى نكون واضحين لدينا شروط واضحة يجب أن توافقو عليه مسبقا ……
أشعره بوتفليقة بالموافقة وطلب منه أن يكمل ……

قال السفير :
أولا :
عليكم إيداع عائدات مبيعاتكم من النفط لدينا في أمريكا ……
ثانيا :
عليكم إيداع عائدات مبيعات الغاز في فرنسا …….
ثالثاً :
عدم مناصرة المقاومة الفلسطينية …..
رابعاً :
عدم مناصرة إيران وحزب الله ……
خامساً :
لا مانع من تشكيل حكومة إسلامية وعلى أن تكون شبيهة بما لدى تركيا ……

وافق الرئيس بوتفليقة على هذه الشروط متأملا إخراج الجزائر من حالة القتل والفوضى التي كانت تعصف بالبلاد ……
استطرد السفير الأمريكي :
حسنا , سنقوم بدورنا بالتحدث مع كافة الأطراف المعنية لإعلامهم باتفاقتا .

سأل بوتفليقة :
ومن هي تلك الأطراف ؟؟؟؟؟
فأجاب السفير :
فرنسا و إسرائيل والسعودية !
صعقنا من ذلك وتساءل بوتفليقة:وما علاقة هذه الدول بما يجري لدينا ؟؟؟؟
أجاب السفير والإبتسامة الصفراوية على وجهه ::
السعودية هي التي تقوم بتمويل شراء السلاح من إسرائيل , وتقوم إسرائيل بإرساله إلى فرنسا , وفرنسا بدورها وعن طريق بعض ضباط الجيش الجزائري المرتشين والذين يتعاملون معها , يوصلونها للجماعات الإسلامية المتطرفة …..

واستطرد السفير وسط دهشتنا :
سنقوم بإبلاغ فرنسا وإسرائيل باتفاقنا وعليكم إرسال شخص من طرفكم للتحدث إلى الملك عبد الله ملك السعودية حيث سيكون أسهل إبلاغه عن طريقكم نظرا لصعوبة التفاهم معه .

على أثر ذلك طلب مني بوتفليقة السفر إلى السعودية لأجل هذه الغاية …..
وصلت إلى السعودية بعد ترتيبات مسبقة , والقول لبن فليس , والتقيت بالملك عبد الله وشرحت له ما تم من إتفاق مع الجانب الأمريكي وأنهم أي الامريكان طلبوا من باقي الأطراف وقف الدعم للمسلحين , والآن على السعودية وقف تمويل السلاح .
استغرق حديثي مع ملك السعودية عدة ساعات دون أن يوافق وأصر على موقفه . عندها اتصلت بالسفير الأمريكي وأعلمته عن تزمت الملك السعودي وعدم موافقته على هذا الإتفاق

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أجابني السفير :
لا بأس انتظر قليلا , سأهاتف الملك شخصيا ….. لم تمض بضع دقائق حتى استدعاني الملك وهو يربت على صدره قائلا :
ابشر ابشر .
بعدها بعدة أيام توقف الدعم والتمويل للإرهابيين , وتم تزويد قواتنا المسلحة من الأمريكان بإحداثيات لمواقعهم وأماكن تواجدهم , حيث قامت قواتنا المسلحة بالقضاء عليهم وخلال فترة بسيطة من الوقت

انتهت القصة . هذه القصة التي سمعتها مباشرة من صديقي وليس عن وعن .
والآن أعزائي وأحبتي هل لكم أن تدركوا حجم الدور الذي يقوم به آل سعود وحكام مشيخة قطر في دعم الإرهاب وفي خدمة أسيادهم الأمريكان ولغاية تدمير بلداننا العربية مقابل الحفاظ على كراسيهم ؟؟؟؟
وكيف تتم معالجة مثل هذه الأمور ؟؟؟؟
وما هذا عما يحدث الآن في سوريا والعراق واليمن وليبيا ببعيد .
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أ. د . عبدالحميد دشتي نائب سابق في مجلس الامة الكويتي

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Are you curious how USA create, foment sectarian wars and then resolve them?

During Algeria civil war with extremist Islamic factions in 1990, the USA imposed 5 conditions on President Bouteflika to end the war.

1) Algeria oil money is to be deposited in US banks

2) Algeria gas money to be saved in France banks

3) Stop supporting the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization)

4) Stop backing Iran and Lebanon Hezbollah in the UN

5) Form a government with the Islamist factions as done in Turkey

And the US ordered late Saudi Kingdom king Abdullah to desist from buying weapons from Israel, sending them to France and dealing with bribed Algerian army officers who transfer the weapons to the extremist factions.

The US then gave the Algerian army all the necessary coordinates of the location of the factions headquarters and weapon depots. The factions ended their activities within a week.

اتمنى ان تقرأوا هذه الواقعة
10 مايو، 2017/0 .
اذا اردتم ان تعرفوا كيف يتم التحكم بالارهاب طالعوا اجابة وزير الخارجية الجزائري “بن فليس ” السابق كيف تخلصت الجزائر من
الارهاب الذي فتك بها حتى اواخر التسعينات
أ. د . عبدالحميد دشتي نائب سابق في مجلس الامة الكويتي
——————–
سؤال مقدم للسيد بن فليس
كيف تمكنتم في الجزائر من القضاء على ظاهرة العنف والقتل والتي استمرت لسنوات عديدة ؟؟؟؟؟
نظر إليَّ السيد بن فليس وأخذ نفسا عميقا مع تنهيدة بسيطة , قام عن مقعده وطلب مني أن نسير سويا بمحاذاة الشاطيء …..

قال والحديث لبن فليس :
في أحد الأيام استدعاني الرئيس بوتفليقة إلى مقره , فوجدت عنده السفير الأمريكي ومعه ثلاثة أشخاص آخرين , تبين أنهم من دائرة السي أي ايه الأمريكية .

طلب مني بوتفليقة الإستماع لما سيقولون . بدأ السفير الأمريكي بالكلام قائلا :
هل ترغبون يا سادة أن تنتهي حالة العنف والقتل السائدة لديكم في الجزائر ؟؟؟

فأجابه الرئيس بوتفليقة :
طبعا وبدون شك ……
استطرد السفير قائلا :
حسنا , نستطيع أن ننهي لكم هذا الوضع وبسرعة , ولكن وحتى نكون واضحين لدينا شروط واضحة يجب أن توافقو عليه مسبقا ……
أشعره بوتفليقة بالموافقة وطلب منه أن يكمل ……

قال السفير :
أولا :
عليكم إيداع عائدات مبيعاتكم من النفط لدينا في أمريكا ……
ثانيا :
عليكم إيداع عائدات مبيعات الغاز في فرنسا …….
ثالثاً :
عدم مناصرة المقاومة الفلسطينية …..
رابعاً :
عدم مناصرة إيران وحزب الله ……
خامساً :
لا مانع من تشكيل حكومة إسلامية وعلى أن تكون شبيهة بما لدى تركيا ……

وافق الرئيس بوتفليقة على هذه الشروط متأملا إخراج الجزائر من حالة القتل والفوضى التي كانت تعصف بالبلاد ……
استطرد السفير الأمريكي :
حسنا , سنقوم بدورنا بالتحدث مع كافة الأطراف المعنية لإعلامهم باتفاقتا .
سأل بوتفليقة :
ومن هي تلك الأطراف ؟؟؟؟؟

فأجاب السفير :
فرنسا و إسرائيل والسعودية !!!!!!!
صعقنا من ذلك وتساءل بوتفليقة:وما علاقة هذه الدول بما يجري لدينا ؟؟؟؟

أجاب السفير والإبتسامة الصفراوية على وجهه ::
السعودية هي التي تقوم بتمويل شراء السلاح من إسرائيل , وتقوم إسرائيل بإرساله إلى فرنسا , وفرنسا بدورها وعن طريق بعض ضباط الجيش الجزائري المرتشين والذين يتعاملون معها , يوصلونها للجماعات الإسلامية المتطرفة …..

واستطرد السفير وسط دهشتنا :
سنقوم بإبلاغ فرنسا وإسرائيل باتفاقنا وعليكم إرسال شخص من طرفكم للتحدث إلى الملك عبد الله ملك السعودية حيث سيكون أسهل إبلاغه عن طريقكم نظرا لصعوبة التفاهم معه .

على أثر ذلك طلب مني بوتفليقة السفر إلى السعودية لأجل هذه الغاية …..
وصلت إلى السعودية بعد ترتيبات مسبقة , والقول لبن فليس , والتقيت بالملك عبد الله وشرحت له ما تم من إتفاق مع الجانب الأمريكي وأنهم أي الامريكان طلبوا من باقي الأطراف وقف الدعم للمسلحين , والآن على السعودية وقف تمويل السلاح .

استغرق حديثي مع ملك السعودية عدة ساعات دون أن يوافق وأصر على موقفه . عندها اتصلت بالسفير الأمريكي وأعلمته عن تزمت الملك السعودي وعدم موافقته على هذا الإتفاق .

أجابني السفير :
لا بأس انتظر قليلا , سأهاتف الملك شخصيا ….. لم تمض بضع دقائق حتى استدعاني الملك وهو يربت على صدره قائلا :
ابشر ابشر .
بعدها بعدة أيام توقف الدعم والتمويل للإرهابيين , وتم تزويد قواتنا المسلحة من الأمريكان بإحداثيات لمواقعهم وأماكن تواجدهم , حيث قامت قواتنا المسلحة بالقضاء عليهم وخلال فترة بسيطة من الوقت

انتهت القصة . هذه القصة التي سمعتها مباشرة من صديقي وليس عن وعن .
والآن أعزائي وأحبتي هل لكم أن تدركوا حجم الدور الذي يقوم به آل سعود وحكام مشيخة قطر في دعم الإرهاب وفي خدمة أسيادهم الأمريكان ولغاية تدمير بلداننا العربية مقابل الحفاظ على كراسيهم ؟؟؟؟

وكيف تتم معالجة مثل هذه الأمور ؟؟؟؟
وما هذا عما يحدث الآن في سوريا والعراق واليمن وليبيا ببعيد .
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أ. د . عبدالحميد دشتي نائب سابق في مجلس الامة الكويتي

 

CIA carried out terrorist bombing in Syria’s capital

The news that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency carried out a meticulously planned terrorist car bombing in Damascus, Syria, appeared on the front page of the Jan, Washington Post.

It was an outrageous action in the capital of a sovereign state. By all definitions, a state-sponsored car bombing in the capital city of another nation is defined as terrorism.

It doesn’t take much imagination to picture what the U.S. response would be if the scenario were reversed and such an attack took place in Washington, D.C. At the very least, bombs and missiles would fall like rain on Syria.

That the CIA would carry out such an act is hardly a surprise.

In its 7 decades’ existence, the CIA has been responsible for the murder of millions and the destruction of scores of progressive movements and governments in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe.

Virtually every progressive leader in the countries liberated from colonialism or neo-colonialism in the post-World War II era has been targeted for assassination by the CIA at one time or another.

From Vietnam to Haiti to Afghanistan and beyond, U.S. clients who had outlived their usefulness in the eyes of Washington were set up for elimination.

CIA engineered or assisted coups in Iran, Guatemala, Congo, Iraq, Indonesia, Greece, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and more, and brought to power regimes that used extreme brutality in the interests of U.S. corporations and local elites.

Organized in 1947, the agency’s first coup was in newly independent Syria just two years later. Its bloody trail confirms that the CIA is the deadliest terrorist organization in the world, bar none.

What was unusual about the 2008 assassination of a top Hezbollah commander, Imad Mughniyah, was the public revelation that the CIA, in partnership with Israel’s Mossad secret service, had carried it out.

While the CIA formally declined comment on the story, the sources for the article were past and present CIA officials, something unthinkable unless approved from inside the agency.

Standard CIA practice has long been to refuse to comment on its coups and murders—and for good reason.

Regardless of whether they are “signed off on” by the president or any other U.S. official, all are blatant violations of international and U.S. domestic laws.

Agency officials seek to maintain a “window of deniability” to protect themselves from possible future legal consequences.

WikiLeaks claims to reveal how CIA

hacks TVs and phones all over the world

The CIA has become the preeminent hacking operation, sneaking into high-tech phones and televisions to spy on people worldwide, according to an explosive WikiLeaks publication of purported internal CIA documents on Tuesday.

 

 

CIA and Israeli Mossad assassinated Hezbollah’s operations chief: Imad Mughniyah

On Feb. 12, 2008, Imad Mughniyah, Hezbollah’s international operations chief, walked on a quiet nighttime street in Damascus after dinner at a nearby restaurant. Not far away, a team of CIA spotters in the Syrian capital was tracking his movements.

As Mughniyah approached a parked SUV, a bomb planted in a spare tire on the back of the vehicle exploded, sending a burst of shrapnel across a tight radius. He was killed instantly.

The device was triggered remotely from Tel Aviv by agents with Mossad, the Israeli foreign intelligence service, who were in communication with the operatives on the ground in Damascus. “The way it was set up, the U.S. could object and call it off, but it could not execute,” said a former U.S. intelligence official.

The United States helped build the bomb, the former official said, and tested it repeatedly (over 50 times) at a CIA facility in North Carolina to ensure the potential blast area was contained and would not result in collateral damage.

[Read: Who was Imad Mughniyah?]

“We probably blew up 25 bombs to make sure we got it right,” the former official said.

The extraordinarily close cooperation between the U.S. and Israeli intelligence services suggested the importance of the target — a man who over the years had been implicated in some of Hezbollah’s most spectacular terrorist attacks, including those against the U.S. Embassy in Beirut and the Israeli Embassy in Argentina.

The United States has never acknowledged participation in the killing of Mughniyah, which Hezbollah blamed on Israel. Until now, there has been little detail about the joint operation by the CIA and Mossad to kill him, how the car bombing was planned or the exact U.S. role.

With the exception of the 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden, the mission marked one of the most high-risk covert actions by the United States in recent years. (Regardless of the countless drone attacks that killed more civilians than the targeted persons in Yemen, Pakistan and Iraq)

U.S. involvement in the killing, which was confirmed by 5 former U.S. intelligence officials, also pushed American legal boundaries. (Better not to mention them by names, especially those closely involved in the assassination))

Mughniyah was targeted in a country where the United States was not at war with (explicitly, by heavily involved in the raging civil war in Syria).

Imad was killed in a car bombing, a technique that some legal scholars see as a violation of international laws that proscribe “killing by perfidy” — using treacherous means to kill or wound an enemy.

“It is a killing method used by terrorists and gangsters,” said Mary Ellen O’Connell, a professor of international law at the University of Notre Dame. “It violates one of the oldest battlefield rules.”

Former U.S. officials, all of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the operation, asserted that Mughniyah, although based in Syria, was directly connected to the arming and training of Shiite militias in Iraq that were targeting U.S. forces. There was little debate inside the Bush administration over the use of a car bomb instead of other means.

“Remember, they were carrying out suicide bombings and IED attacks,” said one official, referring to Hezbollah operations in Iraq. (A lot of bullshit, I guess)

The authority to kill Mughniyah required a presidential finding by President George W. Bush. The attorney general, the director of national intelligence, the national security adviser and the Office of Legal Counsel at the Justice Department all signed off on the operation, one former intelligence official said. (Legitimate targets)

The former official said getting the authority to kill Mughniyah was a “rigorous and tedious” process. “What we had to show was he was a continuing threat to Americans,” the official said, noting that Mughniyah had a long history of targeting Americans dating back to his role in planning the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut.

“The decision was we had to have absolute confirmation that it was self-defense,” the official said.

There has long been suspicion about U.S. involvement in the killing of Mughniyah. In “The Good Spy,” a book about longtime CIA officer Robert Ames, author Kai Bird cites one former intelligence official as saying the operation was “primarily controlled by Langley” and it was “a CIA ‘black-ops’ team that carried out the assassination.”

In a new book, “The Perfect Kill: 21 Laws for Assassins,” former CIA officer Robert B. Baer writes how he had considered assassinating Mughniyah but apparently never got the opportunity. He notes, however, that CIA “censors” — the agency’s Publications Review Board — screened his book and “I’ve unfortunately been unable to write about the true set-piece plot against” Mughniyah.

The CIA declined to comment.

“We have nothing to add at this time,” said Mark Regev, chief spokesman for the prime minister of Israel.

Seven years after the death of Hezbollah’s Imad Mughniyah, The Post’s Adam Goldman and the Washington Institute’s Matthew Levitt look at the international cooperation that brought down the former military commander. (Davin Coburn, Randolph Smith and Kyle Barss/The Washington Post)
A theory of self-defense

The operation in Damascus highlighted a philosophical evolution within the American intelligence services that followed the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Before then, the U.S. government often took a dim view of Israeli assassination operations, highlighted by the American condemnation of Israel’s botched attempt in 1997 to poison the leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshal, in Amman, Jordan. The episode ended with Mossad agents captured and the Clinton administration forcing Israel to provide the antidote that saved Meshal’s life.

The Mughniyah killing, carried out more than a decade later, suggested such American hesi­ta­tion had faded as the CIA stretched its lethal reach well beyond defined war zones and the ungoverned spaces of Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, where the agency or the military have deployed drones against al-Qaeda and its allies.

A former U.S. official said the Bush administration relied on a theory of national self-defense to kill Mughniyah, claiming he was a lawful target because he was actively plotting against the United States or its forces in Iraq, making him a continued and imminent threat who could not be captured.

Such a legal rationale would have allowed the CIA to avoid violating the 1981 blanket ban on assassinations in Executive Order 12333. The order does not define assassination.

In sanctioning a 2011 operation to kill Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen and an influential propaganda leader for al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen, the Justice Department made a similar argument. Noting that al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula had targeted U.S. commercial aircraft and asserting that Awlaki had an operational role in the group, government lawyers said he was a continued and imminent threat and could not feasibly be captured.

“It’s fairly clear that the government has at least some authority to use lethal force in self-defense even outside the context of ongoing armed conflict,” said Stephen I. Vladeck, a professor of law at American University’s Washington College of Law. “The million-dollar question is whether the facts actually support a determination that such force was necessary and appropriate in each case.”

The CIA and Mossad worked together to monitor Mughniyah in Damascus for months prior to the killing and to determine where the bomb should be planted, according to the former officials.

In the leadup to the operation, U.S. intelligence officials had assured lawmakers in a classified briefing that there would be no collateral damage, former officials said.

Implicated in multiple cases

At the time of his death, Mughniyah had been implicated in the killing of hundreds of Americans, stretching back to the embassy bombing in Beirut that killed 63 people, including eight CIA officers. Hezbollah, supported by Iran, was involved in a long-running shadow war with Israel and its principal backer, the United States.

The embassy bombing placed Hezbollah squarely in the sights of the CIA, a focus that, in some respects, foreshadowed the targeting of Mughniyah.

In his 1987 book “Veil,” Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward reported that CIA Director William Casey encouraged the Saudis to sponsor an attempt to kill a Hezbollah leader. The 1985 attempt on the life of Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah with a car bomb failed, but killed 80 people, and he fled to Iran. Mughniyah’s brother was among those killed.

Former agency officials said Mughniyah was involved in the 1984 kidnapping and torture of the CIA’s station chief in Lebanon, William F. Buckley. The officials said Mughniyah arranged for videotapes of the brutal interrogation sessions of Buckley to be sent to the agency. Buckley was later killed.

Mughniyah was indicted in U.S. federal court in the 1985 hijacking of TWA Flight 847 shortly after it took off from Athens and the slaying of U.S. Navy diver Robert Stethem, a passenger on the plane. Mughniyah was placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list with a $5 million reward offered for information leading to his arrest and conviction.

He was also suspected of involvement by U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials in the planning of the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 U.S. servicemen.

For the Israelis, among numerous attacks, he was involved in the 1992 suicide bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires that killed four Israeli civilians and 25 Argentinians, and the 1994 attack on a Jewish community center in the city that killed 85 people.

“Mughniyah and his group were responsible for the deaths of many Americans,” said James Bernazzani, who was chief of the FBI’s Hezbollah unit in the late 1990s and later the deputy director for law enforcement at the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center.

The Bush administration regarded Hezbollah — Mughniyah, in particular — as a threat to the United States. In 2008, several months after he was killed, Michael Chertoff, then secretary of homeland security, said Hezbollah was a threat to national security. “To be honest, they make al-Qaeda look like a minor league team,” he said.

Beginning in 2003, Hezbollah, with the assistance of Iran, began to train and arm Shiite militant groups in Iraq, which later began attacking coalition forces, according to Matthew Levitt, who recently wrote a book about Hezbollah and is director of the Washington Institute’s Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence.

The Hezbollah-trained militias proved to be a deadly enemy, wounding or killing hundreds of American troops. As the situation in Iraq deteriorated and coalition casualties spiked in 2006, the United States decided it had to stanch the losses.

The Bush administration issued orders to kill or capture Iranian operatives targeting American troops and attempting to destabilize Iraq. It also approved a list of operations directed at Hezbollah, officials said. The mandate applied directly to the group’s notorious international operations chief.

“There was an open license to find, fix and finish Mughniyah and anybody affiliated with him,” said a former U.S. official who served in Baghdad.

In January 2007, Bush, in an address to the nation, singled out Iran and Syria, two countries with the closest ties to Hezbollah.

“These two regimes are allowing terrorists and insurgents to use their territory to move in and out of Iraq,” Bush said. “Iran is providing material support for attacks on American troops. We will disrupt the attacks on our forces. We will interrupt the flow of support from Iran and Syria. And we will seek out and destroy the networks providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies in Iraq.”

Shortly after Bush’s speech, Hezbollah’s involvement in Iraq became clearer. On Jan. 20, 2007, five American soldiers were killed in Karbala. That March, Ali Mussa Daqduq, a senior Hezbollah operative with ties to Mughniyah, was captured by the British along with two others and turned over to U.S. forces.

While in U.S. custody, Daqduq confessed to playing a key role in the killing of the soldiers and provided the United States with a deeper understanding of Hezbollah’s networks, said Peter Mansoor, a retired Army colonel who served as executive officer to Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top American commander in Iraq.

“In interrogations with these folks, we finally discovered the full nature of Iranian and Hezbollah involvement in Iraq,” Mansoor said, noting that by then Iran had “outsourced the advisory effort to Hezbollah.” Mansoor said he had no knowledge of the operation that killed Mughniyah.

U.S. officials said Mughniyah played a pivotal role in linking Hezbollah to the Shiite militias that were working with Iran. It remains unclear if he ever entered Iraq. One former U.S. senior military official said there was information he traveled to Basra in southern Iraq in 2006, but it was not confirmed.

Ryan C. Crocker, the U.S. ambassador in Iraq when Mughniyah was killed, said: “All I can say is that as long as he drew breath, he was a threat, whether in Lebanon, Iraq or anywhere else. He was a very intelligent, dedicated, effective operator on the black side.”

Crocker said that he didn’t know anything about the operation to kill the Hezbollah operative and had doubts about Mughniyah traveling to Iraq. That said, he added: “When I heard about it, I was one damn happy man.”

Terrorism discussion widens

U.S. officials had explored ways to capture or kill Mughniyah for years. Those scenarios gained new urgency in the years after the Sept. 11 attacks when the Bush administration turned to the CIA and the U.S. military’s elite Joint Special Operations Command for stepped-up plans to stop major terrorist operatives — including those without ties to al-Qaeda or the 9/11 plot.

A former U.S. official described a secret meeting in Israel in 2002 involving senior JSOC officers and the chief of the Israeli military intelligence service. Amid a broader discussion of counterterrorism issues, the JSOC visitors raised the prospect of killing Mughniyah in such an offhanded fashion that their Israeli hosts were stunned.

“When we said we would be willing to explore opportunities to target him, they practically fell out of their chairs,” the former U.S. official said. The former official said that JSOC had not developed any specific plan but was exploring scenarios against potential terrorism targets and wanted to gauge Israel’s willingness to serve as an evacuation point for U.S. commando teams.

The former official said that the JSOC approach envisioned a commando-style raid with U.S. Special Operations teams directly involved, not the sort of cloak-and-dagger operation that occurred years later.

“It never went anywhere,” said the former official, who was unaware of the CIA-Israeli operation to kill Mughniyah.

Still, the 2002 encounter suggests that Mughniyah continued to be a focus for U.S. counterterrorism officials even after their overwhelming attention had shifted to al-Qaeda.

“We never took our eye off Hezbollah, but our plate was full with al-Qaeda,” said Bernazzani, who retired from the FBI in 2008 and said he had no knowledge of the operation to kill Mughniyah.

A window of opportunity

It is not clear when the CIA first realized Mughniyah was living in Damascus, but his whereabouts were known for at least a year before he was killed. One of the former U.S. intelligence officials said that the Israelis were first to approach the CIA about a joint operation to kill him in Damascus.

The agency had a well-established clandestine infrastructure in Damascus that the Israelis could utilize.

Officials said the Israelis wanted to pull the trigger as payback. “It was revenge,” another former official said. The Americans didn’t care as long as Mughniyah was dead, the official said, and there was little fear of blowback because Hezbollah would most probably blame the Israelis.

Amos Yadlin, the former head of Israeli military intelligence until 2010, said Mughniyah was positioned right under the group’s leader Hassan Nasrallah.

“He was the commander and chief of all military and terror operations,” Yadlin said, who declined to discuss Mughniyah’s demise. “He was the agent of the Iranians.”

The operation to target Mughniyah came at a time when the CIA and Mossad were working closely to thwart the nuclear ambitions of Syria and Iran. The CIA had helped the Mossad verify that the Syrians were building a nuclear reactor, leading to an Israeli airstrike on the facility in 2007. Israel and the United States were actively trying to sabotage the Iranian nuclear program.

Once Mughniyah was located in Damascus, the intelligence agencies began building a “pattern of life” profile, looking at his routine for vulnerabilities.

Mossad officials suggested occasional walks in the evening — when Mughniyah was unescorted — presented an opportunity. CIA officers with extensive undercover experience secured a safe house in a building near his apartment.

Planning for the operation was exhaustive. An Israeli proposal to place a bomb in the saddlebags of a bicycle or motorcycle was rejected because of concerns that the explosive charge might not project outward properly. The bomb had to be repeatedly tested and reconfigured to minimize the blast area. The location where Mughniyah was killed was close to a girls’ school.

One official said the bomb was tested many times at Harvey Point, a facility in North Carolina where the CIA would later construct a replica of Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Officials eventually concluded they had a bomb that could be used with no risk of others being killed or injured.

Mughniyah wasn’t alone in his confidence to operate freely in Damascus. During the operation, the CIA and Mossad had a chance to kill Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s Quds Force, as he and Mughniyah walked together. Soleimani was an archenemy of Israel and had also orchestrated the training of Shiite militias in Iraq.

“At one point, the two men were standing there, same place, same street. All they had to do was push the button,” said one former official.

But the operatives didn’t have the legal authority to kill Soleimani, the officials said. There had been no presidential finding to do so.

When the bomb used to target Mughniyah was detonated, officials estimated the “kill zone” extended approximately 20 feet. The bomb was “very shaped and very charged,” an intelligence official recalled.

There was no collateral damage. “None. Not any,” the official said.

Facial recognition technology, another former official said, was used to confirm Mughniyah’s identity after he walked out of a restaurant in his neighborhood and moments before the bomb was detonated.

After the attack, Hezbollah leader Nasrallah blamed Israel for the killing and swore revenge: “Zionists, if you want an open war, let it be an open war anywhere.”

In fact, the damage to Hezbollah may have been compounded by the fact that the man charged with exacting revenge on Israel was a suspected Israeli asset. He was recently reported to be on trial in a Hezbollah court in Lebanon, but the group’s leader has downplayed the spy’s importance.

In a statement in 2008 after Mughniyah’s death, the office of then Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s office said: “Israel rejects the attempt by terror groups to attribute to it any involvement in this incident. We have nothing further to add.”

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said at the time: “The world is a better place without this man in it. He was a coldblooded killer, a mass murderer and a terrorist responsible for countless innocent lives lost.”

Inside the intelligence community, a former official recalled, “It wasn’t jubilation.”

“We did what we had to,” the official said, “and let’s move on.”

William Booth in Jerusalem and Greg Miller, Karen DeYoung, Anne Gearan and Julie Tate in Washington contributed to this report.

The USA is multiplying “scalpel operations” in North Africa (Algeria), Pakistan, the new republics of the defunct Soviet Union and most of these operations are done by the CIA.  Scalpel operation is the alternative to hammer operation involving massive armed forces.   Twenty-two CIA agents died during operations since 2001; eight of them were hired by private security companies.  Actually, the USA is dealing with 533 more security private companies (in addition to the 1,400 companies before the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers).  This increase represents 265,000 private contractors (out of the 8854,00 with security clearances) who are siphoning one-third of the intelligence services budget. 

Defense minister, Robert Gates, is waging a war within his department and the Pentagon in order to reducing the spiraling expenses.  The plan is to reduce 100 billion in five years in budget by sending to pasture many of the  4-star Generals crowding the upper hierarchy.  There are 40 such high level officers and admirals, or more than during the peak of the Vietnam War.  For example, 5 4-star Generals are required to handle the emergency military crisis center 24 hours, 7 days a week, and located 8 meters below the Pentagon.  The reduction plan is also targeting the civilian personnel in the military command:  More than one thousand civilians have been hired in the last decade and they cost 25%  more than Federal employees.

The military and the hundreds of Federal security agencies rely heavily on private companies specializing in Satellite imaging, geo-spatial intelligence and transmission, surveillance, recognition, integrated technologies and imageries.  Private providers link the complex computers and communication systems and the analysis of coded intelligence.  The Office of Naval Intelligence at Suitland (MD) employes 2,770 personnel at its maritime (war and merchant ships) operational center.  It is the contribution of 70 private specialized enterprises that allow this institution to function:  They intercept, classify, and analyse communication (public and secret) sent and received by US navy and merchant marine around the oceans and seas.

The Pentagon and the secret intelligence agencies, flushed with money, tend to purchase the latest and most sophisticated equipments without the proper trained manpower to mining their potentials.  In a sense, the construct the railway and then sit tight for the trains to arrive along with the customers.About 110 private companies (out of the 1,931) provide 90% of the work sub-contracted by the State. General Dynamic (GD) is one of these giants under whose shadow 1,814 smaller enterprises sub-contract security clearance required work.  General Dynamic generated 32 billion dollars in 2009, compared to 10 billion is 2000; its task force jumped from 43,000 to 92,000 within less than a decade.General Dynamic was into fabrication nuclear submarines in 2000 but changed strategy to follow the money sources; which means in security and intelligence services.

Another example is SGIS, founded by Hany Girgis in San Diego in 2002.  It was purchased this year by Salient Federal Solutions as it generated 100 million and expanded to hiring 675 employees scattered in 14 strategically located offices (around military and security agencies).  The problem is:  Suppose the employees of SGIS had clearance then, what about the long-range goals of the new owners?  Would they decide to market sensitive intelligence to the highest bidders?  For example, in General Dynamic offices in Herndon employees could monitor a truck in Afghanistan filmed by a camera attached to a drone.  Thus, it is like not only private employees  have clearances bu the company is given clearance and it can obtain pieces of intelligence directly in the same time as the security agencies.  CIA director Leon Panetta and Robert Gates expressed their worries of companies meddling in the general intelligence system (read: problems have already been witnessed.)

A high authority in the Senate overlooking military services declared:  “We have created a machine that escapes any control.  It is a living and breathing organism that has degenerated into a system for creating jobs.”

“The sirens of the Levant (Near East)”; (Feb. 24, 2010)

Hurrah, Evil wins this time around in this first French novel by the Lebanese Peter Germanos.  It is not amenable to reviewing because

1.  first, the situation in the Middle East, especially Lebanon, is very complex and would require another novel to explaining the conditions in order to make a semblance of sense;

2. second, this story involves half a dozen of intelligence institutions such as CIA, GRU (Russia), Mossad (Israel), Second Bureau (Lebanon and France), Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, to name a few nations, involved in having Lebanon a good starting base for interfering in the Middle East and securing oil exploitation and transport is one too many for a short novel of 242 pages.

We have two heroes: The Lebanese intelligence officer Marwan Hajj and the Al Qaeda.

Marwan is originally from Akoura in Mount Lebanon or “Marounistan”as Germanos calls the district, in one of the districts where the Christian Maronite sect is in majority (Kesrouwan, Jbeil, Betroun, and Bshari). Marwan is young, from a “noble” family, drives a Porch, and is willing to shell thousand of dollars for beautiful girls wishing to have lifting of whatever needs lifting so that they look “jnoun” (driving males crazy) as their gorgeous girl friends.

Al Qaeda is regaining ground after the Lebanese army defeated it in the Palestinian camp of Nahr El Bared.  The Qaeda was far better equipped with modern arms and high tech communication facilities and the army suffered over 170 soldiers and officers, not counting hundreds of injured, after 6 months of fighting.  The US refused to arm the Lebanese army and only Syria supplied the army with canon shells to resume the battle.

Al Qaeda (well established in Iraq, northern Africa, and around the Indian Ocean) is planning a major terrorist activity that would close the Suez Canal for ten years; thus, oil prices would jump to $600 the barrel and the “koffar” in Europe and the US would suffer economically.  Al Qaeda disseminates misinformation that the attempt is targeting the Strait of Hormus in the Arabic/Persian Gulf.  All the intelligence institutions have wind of a major terrorist act but are mislead on the proper maritime target.

The Mossad is cooperating with Al Qaeda in order to ignite another civil war in Lebanon to weaken Hezbollah and also to involve the US in a war against Iran.  The US army prime enemy is Al Qaeda (Islamic Sunni sect extremists) but the CIA (and its officer in Lebanon, Kyle from Kentucky) is willing to cooperate with Al Qaeda against Hezbollah and the Shiaa axe (Islamic sect) extending from Iran to Iraq, northern Syria and Lebanon.

If you feel disoriented bare with me a little while.

Wealthy Saudi princes are financing Al Qaeda terrorist plans to weaken Hezbollah and Iran, and wealthy Lebanese business men and politicians are cooperating with Al Qaeda and the Israeli Mossad to weaken Hezbollah.

Hezbollah launches a counter attack and within a couple of hours closes down dozens of Mossad bunkers and safe heavens along with other offices of the Sunni and Saad Hariri militia in Beirut who were wearing security guard outfits.  Samuel Dagan, (Israel’s Mossad chief who is currently under fire for involving many European fake passports to assassinating Hamas officer in Dubai), said that “Hezbollah destroyed within hours four years of work and preparation”.

To make a long story short, Al Qaead managed to secure a dirty (low level) atomic bomb to the port of Beirut and used the Middle East like Ho Che Minh route of (Tripoli-Palmira Syria- Anbar Iraq) to deliver the dirty bomb to Saudi Arabia.

The novel mentions the Egyptian Al Zawahiri as the master mind of Qaeda but I think it is the Libyan Al Libi who is involved in terrorist activities targeting the Shiia sect since Zawahiri is trying hard to unite all Islamic sects against the US imperialist strategy.

I could follow the story, but I doubt people (non Lebanese and none politicized) will find the courage to finish this exciting novel.

Note: Minorities in societies have this knack of constructing myths; they end up believing myths for real. You cannot defeat myths “made real” when communicating for establishing real modern States.


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