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Syria could be operating more “nuclear sites

Posted in foreign policy with tags , , , , on September 15, 2009 by admin

Syria may be operating more nuclear sites, apart from the reactor at Deir Azour which was bombed by Israel on September 6, 2007 in what came to be known as Operation Orchard, former U.S. envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Gregory Schulte told Channel 10 Thursday evening.”

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Is Hizbullah preparing itself to wage chemical war on Israel?

Posted in counterterrorism with tags , , , , on September 4, 2009 by admin

A Kuwaiti report Thursday said that “a mysterious explosion in a Hizbullah weapons warehouse six weeks ago involved chemical weapons”, adding, to the mounting evidence, that the terrorist organization is preparing for chemical warfare against Israel.Eight Hizbullah terrorists were killed in the blast, and the Kuwaiti al-Siyasa newspaper now reports that three others inside the warehouse died from the chemicals that were stored there. The report was based on information from European security sources.

Al-Siyasi previously reported that Hizbullah has been smuggling chemical weapons into southern Lebanon, along with thousands of gas masks.The weapons and equipment reportedly were provided from Iran and Hizbullah has been smuggling into southern Lebanon chemical weapons as well as thousands of gas masks smuggled via Syria.

Compare this with the disarmament claims made througout the Western world. Anyway, we should expect this to increase after Vahidi’s appointment as Iranian Defense Minister.

Jihadists Discuss Attacking UN Troops in Lebanon, Syria

Posted in counterterrorism, ideology, terrorist attacks with tags , , , on September 1, 2009 by admin

New jihadist chatter focuses on the vulnerability of United Nations personnel in Syria and Lebanon, as well as Westerners in Saudi Arabia. The online discussion is over whether opening a new jihad front against “Crusaders” in relatively peaceful Muslim countries is advisable at this time. According to a report released Monday by the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response (ITRR), the communications discussed targeting options regarding the U.N. troops on peacekeeping missions in Syria and Lebanon. The jihadists pointed out that the U.N. personnel move about freely in Syria, in the region of the Golan Heights and the Lebanon-Israel border, and that they are easily identifiable by their uniforms and marked vehicles. The communications also discussed “Crusader” military personnel “spread throughout” Saudi Arabia, probably in reference to foreign contractors.

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AQ terrorist arrested in Iraq accuses Syria of training him

Posted in arrested terrorists, counterterrorism, foreign policy with tags , , , , on August 30, 2009 by admin

Iraq aired a confession from a suspected al Qaeda militant Sunday who accused Syrian intelligence agents of training foreign fighters like himself in a camp before sending them to fight in Iraq.

The videotaped accusations, aired by Baghdad security spokesman Qassim al-Moussawi in a news conference, could worsen a row between Iraq and Syria over accusations that Syria supports Islamist militants responsible for attacks in Iraq.

Iraq and Syria recalled their ambassadors last week after Baghdad demanded Damascus hand over two alleged masterminds of bombings in Baghdad that killed almost 100 people, mainly at two government ministries.

The tape featured a man who called himself Mohammed Hassan al-Shemari, 29, from Saudi Arabia, who was arrested in Diyala province on suspicion of being a leader of al Qaeda in Iraq.

Venezuelan Chávez will visit terrorist-linked states next September

Posted in counterterrorism, foreign policy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 28, 2009 by admin

Counterterrorism Blog: Chávez’s Excellent Adventure

According to the official presidential press office, Chávez will spend most of the first two weeks of September visiting Libya (where a convicted terrorist was just received as a hero by Gadaffi et al); Iran (whose newly-nominated defense minister Ahmad Vahidi is a wanted terrorist and responsible for numerous terrorist attacks, including one that killed Americans), then off to buy a battalion of tanks from Russia, arriving via Syria, another state sponsor of terrorism.

Lovely trip. While visiting Gadaffi, Chávez will also participate in an African Union summit, perhaps for the chance to rub elbows with Mugabe, Kabila and others to share lessons learned in destabilization.

1 person killed, 22 wounded after car explosion in Baghdad

Posted in terrorist attacks with tags , , on August 27, 2009 by admin

Al Jazeera English – Middle East – Baghdad bombed ahead of funeral

At least one person has been killed and 22 others wounded after a string of car bombs exploded in Baghdad as Iraqi forces tightened security ahead of the funeral of a top Shia leader.

The bombs mainly targeted Iraqi troops in the city and a northern suburb, officials said, raising concerns about whether Iraqi forces can provide adequate security when thousands of people converge to mourn the death of Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim.

Iraq: Baghdad calls for Syria to hand over terror suspects – Adnkronos Security

Iraq has warned that relations with neighbouring Syria would not improve until Damascus handed over terrorists alleged to have plotted a devastating bombing in Baghdad. “Our relations with Syria have reached a crossroads of whether they choose to have good relations with Iraq, or whether they choose to protect persons who attack Iraq,” government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said.

Syria & Hizbullah are arming Salafi Forces in Lebanon

Posted in funding with tags , , , on August 27, 2009 by admin

The MEMRI Blog – Full Blog Entry

A high-level Lebanese security force is claiming that Syria and Hizbullah are transferring funds and arms to several Salafi parties in the city of Tripoli, in northern Lebanon, and that the Lebanese security apparatuses have raided several weapons storage depots.