Jane's Foreign Report points to Imad Mughniyeh

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Who Did It? An Alternative
View From Jane's Foreign Report
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9-19-1

Israel's military intelligence service, Aman, suspects that Iraq is the state that sponsored the suicide attacks on the New York Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washington. Directing the mission, Aman officers believe, were two of the world's foremost terrorist masterminds: the Lebanese Imad Mughniyeh, head of the special overseas operations for Hizbullah, and the Egyptian Dr Ayman Al Zawahiri, senior member of Al-Qaeda and possible successor of the ailing Osama Bin Laden.

The two men have not been seen for some time. Mughniyeh is probably the world's most wanted outlaw. Unconfirmed reports in Beirut say he has undergone plastic surgery and is unrecognisable. Zawahiri is thought to be based in Egypt. He could be Bin Laden's chief representative outside Afghanistan.

The Iraqis, who for several years paid smaller groups to do their dirty work, were quick to discover the advantages of Al-Qaeda. The Israeli sources claim that for the past two years Iraqi intelligence officers were shuttling between Baghdad and Afghanistan, meeting with Ayman Al Zawahiri. According to the sources, one of the Iraqi intelligence officers, Salah Suleiman, was captured last October by the Pakistanis near the border with Afghanistan. The Iraqis are also reported to have established strong ties with Imad Mughniyeh.

"We've only got scraps of information, not the full picture," admits one intelligence source, "but it was good enough for us to send a warning six weeks ago to our allies that an unprecedented massive terror attack was expected. One of our indications suggested that Imad Mughniyeh met with some of his dormant agents on secret trips to Germany. We believe that the operational brains behind the New-York attack were Mughniyeh and Zawahiri, who were probably financed and got some logistical support from the Iraqi Intelligence Service (SSO)."

Mughniyeh was the only one believed to have tried it before. On April 12th 1997, he was reported to be only two hours away from achieving the highest goal of any terrorist organisation (until last week): blowing up an Israeli El-Al airliner above Tel Aviv. A man carrying a forged British passport with the name Andrew Jonathan Neumann was in a Jerusalem hotel preparing a bomb he was supposed to take on board an El-Al flight leaving Israel, when it accidentally went off. Andrew Jonathan Neumann was very badly injured but strong enough to reveal later to the Israelis that he was not British but Lebanese, and that his operation was supposed to be a special "gift" to Israel from Imad Mughniyeh.

'A psychopath'

"Bin Laden is a schoolboy in comparison with Mughniyeh," says an Israeli who knows Mughniyeh . "The guy is a genius, someone who refined the art of terrorism to its utmost level. We studied him and reached the conclusion that he is a clinical psychopath motivated by uncontrollable psychological reasons, which we have given up trying to understand. The killing of his two brothers by the Americans only inflamed his strong motivation."

Experts on Iraq and Saddam Hussein also believe that Iraq was the state behind the two terror masterminds. "In recent months, there was a change, and Iraq decided to get into the terror business. On July 7th, they tried for the first time to send a suicide bomber, trained in Baghdad, to blow up Tel Aviv airport (Foreign Report No. 2651)."

Our sources believe that it will be very difficult to get to the bottom of this unprecedented terror operation. However, they believe the chief of the Iraqi SSO is Qusai Hussein, the dictator's son, and his organisation is the most likely to have been involved.

Mughniyeh, 48, is a "sick man", says an intelligence officer who was in charge of his file. He is considered by Western intelligence agencies as the most dangerous active terrorist today. He is wanted by several governments and the Americans have put a $2m reward on his head.

[Detailed list of Mughniyeh operations removed for Non-Subscriber Extract]

It was the assassination of one man in March 1984 that is said to have made Mughniyeh the CIA's most wanted terrorist. Mughniyeh allegedly kidnapped the head of the CIA station in Beirut, William Buckley. The kidnapping triggered what later became known as 'Irangate', when the Americans tried to exchange Buckley (and others) with arms for Iran. However, the attempt ended in a fiasco. By one unconfirmed account, Mughniyeh tortured and killed Buckley with his own hands.

A year later, 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.

The reprisal for the attack in Argentina came in December 1994, when a car bomb went off in a southern Shi'ite suburb of Beirut. Four people were killed. One of them was called Mughniyeh, but to the deep disappointment of those Israelis who planted the bomb it was the wrong one. Mughniyeh's life was saved, but his other brother Fuad was killed. Mughniyeh waited for his opportunity for revenge.

Our Israeli sources claim to see Mughniyeh's signature on the wreckage in New York and Washington. How to counter this kind of terrorism? "To fight these bastards you don't need a military attack," said an experienced Israeli commando officer. "You only need to adopt Israel's assassination policy."



http://www.janes.com/security/international_security/news/fr/fr010919_1_n.shtml
 
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is it being reported abroad?

I live in a grieving city.

I live in a city where a bunch of assholes habitually gather, excusing their dimly lit condition under the name of the United Nations. The other day in Africa they couldn't wait to blat their hatred of Israel....but they've yet to say a thing about their host city's tragedy. You can't grok, non-New Yorkers, how we long to see their ugly asses go elsewhere. You just can't. And have for years...long before this latest show of recidivistic twaddle.

I live in a city plagued by third-rate characters living the careers of top drawer ambassadors. A few of whom obviously belong in jail but we can't jail them because they're "privileged". Oh, that galls...Eleanor Roosevelt should have stayed at home and shut up.....

All flags in this city fly at half mast. Except for those of Libya and Iraq. The goons who act as their doormen let on as though the flag poles are busted...and their nations' flags can't be lowered to half mast...they have the only busted flagpoles in the city. Let the bastards repair to a shameless city...how about Zurich?

New Yorkers have had to put up with a lot of shit these days...but this is amongst the most annoying. And how we long to grab these goons by the balls and give a good twist....(wearing of course rubber gloves)...and dump them in the East River.

Ah, but we hold on to our greatness: Mr. Petty this very moment is singing a new song on our telethon...about standing one's ground...and not backing down....

Tom Petty. Perhaps you know the name.
 
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Re: is it being reported abroad?

hmshutton said:
I live in a grieving city.

I live in a city where a bunch of assholes habitually gather, excusing their dimly lit condition under the name of the United Nations......New Yorkers have had to put up with a lot of shit these days...but this is amongst the most annoying. And how we long to grab these goons by the balls and give a good twist....(wearing of course rubber gloves)...and dump them in the East River.

Ah, but we hold on to our greatness: Mr. Petty this very moment is singing a new song on our telethon...about standing one's ground...and not backing down....

Tom Petty. Perhaps you know the name.
Well, as we have been reminded so many times lately, grieving takes many forms. But even so, it seems a bit extreme to want to remove people's goolies 'cause they won't lower their flags. And how will removing goolies stop further terrorism? How will it even make the bereaved feel better? How will it even make YOU feel better, himshutton?
BTW, the Tom Petty song is not new. 'I Won't Back Down" was written by him and Jeff Lynne in 1989. Yes, I DO know the name.
The telethon was broadcast live here in the UK last night at 2am or some such. It's being repeated on the BBC at 10pm tomorrow night .(Sunday)
 
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I am +90% positive this is an outright hoax. Petty is from Gaineville Fla and now lives in LA. His partners/close friends in the industry include Bob Dylan and George Harrison. His official website doesn’t include this info, but does include the following tidbit:

…In 1987, Petty tussled with a tire company which ultimately withdrew a Petty soundalike song from a TV commercial. In 1989, he threatened not to play at a concert in New Jersey when authorities refused to allow Greenpeace to set up information booths in the lobby. Petty didn't back down, but the authorities did, and the gig went on…

http://www.tompetty.com/

He’s a laidback pro-pot guy and po’ed or not I can’t imagine him saying anything like this which is totally contrary to the spirit and tone of the broadcast – Let alone the idea that a Gator (whose “Southern Accents” album leaves no bones about where he considers himself from) claim to be from NYC. He DID tell CBS about his song on the telethon:

“We want to just show that we stand behind our country in this extraordinary time," said Tom Petty to CBS News where they reported that he chose to sing "I Won't Back Down" as a way to celebrate the American spirit.”
 

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Everfyone's pointing the finger at bin laden but it's probably much more complicated. As many more, much cleverer people than I have pointed out, the US has a lot of enemies. And even if they handed over bin laden, who's to say it really is the man himself, He's been in hiding for goodness knows how long, all they have to do is hand over a guy with a long beard and a turban . . .

I like American people, I have two good friends who live in NYC, but my God, US politics . . .
 
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jimmmy said:
I am +90% positive this is an outright hoax. Petty is from Gaineville Fla and now lives in LA...
You seem to have misread hmshutton's posting. The bits about removing goolies etc. were all his and his alone; Petty was just mentioned as an afterthought and wasn't being quoted
 
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HAHA you are right Annasdottir.

I was tempted to leave this alone (hoping no one would read it) --- but that is the cowards way - "the way" I subscribe to normally but in this case I really can't.

You see what I did right? I'm such a [email protected]!!!
 
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U.S. renews bid to catch Beirut bombing suspect

According to a CNN report, as part of its campaign against terrorist networks, the United States is to step up its search for Imad Mugniyah, a founder of the Lebanese Islamic militia Hezbollah.
Mugniyah, amongst other actions, is blamed for the suicide bombing which killed 241 U.S Marines in Beirut in 1983.
Some believe there may be a link between Mugniyah and the attacks on New York and Washington. Ali Mohamed, a former U.S. Special Forces sergeant who admitted to involvement in the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya, is quoted in court documents as saying: "I arranged a meeting in Sudan between Mugniyah, Hezbollah's chief, and bin Laden. Hezbollah provided explosives training for al Qaeda and al-Jihad" - the Egyptian Islamic extremist group believed responsible for the 1981 assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.

Until Bin Laden stole the limelight, Mugniyah was regarded as the 'master terrorist' - in the words of Magnus Ranstorp, professor at the University of St. Andrews Centre for the study of Terrorism - "truly faceless, truly dangerous."
Ranstorp said. "And if there was an alliance between Mugniyah and al Qaeda, it would be the worst possible scenario."


http://www.cnn.com/2001/WORLD/meast/10/09/ret.mughniyah.link/
 
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