Iranian plots and proxies – in NY City

Editor’s Note – SUA has been reporting for years of the infiltration of Iranian moles, spies, proxies, and conspirators. Ever the chess master, Iran has been plotting to kill westerners, Israelis, and Jews for years, and now we see that New York City police know this. As the Hezbollah bomber killed tourists in Bulgaria, we need to be even more vigilant here. Hits are occurring across the globe, from Azerbaijan, to Thailand, from Georgia to India – and don’t forget the plot to kill the Saudi foreign minister here in the USA!

New York police link nine 2012 plots to Iran, proxies

By Mark Hosenball – Iran Focus

LONDON (Reuters) – New York police believe Iranian Revolutionary Guards or their proxies have been involved so far this year in nine plots against Israeli or Jewish targets around the world, according to restricted police documents obtained by Reuters.

Reports prepared this week by intelligence analysts for the New York Police Department (NYPD) say three plots were foiled in January, three in February and another three since late June. Iran has repeatedly denied supporting militant attacks abroad.

The documents, labeled “Law Enforcement Sensitive,” said that this week’s suicide bomb attack in Bulgaria was the second plot to be unmasked there this year.

The reports detail two plots in Bangkok and one each in New Delhi, Tbilisi, Baku, Mombasa and Cyprus. Each plot was attributed to Iran or its Lebanese Hezbollah militant allies, said the reports, which were produced following the bombing in Burgas, Bulgaria of a bus carrying Israeli tourists.

Iran on Thursday dismissed “unfounded statements” by Israel linking Tehran to the Burgas blast, saying they were politically motivated accusations which underscored the weakness of the accusers.

Wednesday’s bombing in the Black Sea city is listed in a document headed “Suspected Iranian and/or Hezbollah-linked Plots Against Israeli or Jewish Targets: 2012 Chronology”, the latest of the nine 2012 plots linked to the Islamic Republic or its proxies.

U.S. officials say they increasingly concur with Israeli assessments that Iran and its proxies organized the killing of seven Israeli tourists in Burgas by a suicide bomber after they boarded an airport bus.

One U.S. official said Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Shi’ite Muslim militia, had in the past carried out suicide bombings.

Hezbollah says that while it carried out suicide bombings against Israeli army posts in south Lebanon when it was occupied, until 2000, it has never staged attacks outside Lebanon.

The U.S. official noted that the Burgas bombing occurred on the 18th anniversary of the bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires, which Argentina linked to Iran.

The official said the Bulgaria attack appeared relatively sophisticated as it suggested those behind it had gathered intelligence on possible targets in advance.

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A second U.S. official said U.S. federal authorities’ tally of alleged Iran-linked plots in 2012 largely paralleled the NYPD list.

Mark Regev, spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said in the past year there had been “20 Iranian attempts at terrorist attacks abroad, in which there was direct involvement of five Iranians, two Hezbollah operatives”.

After the Bulgaria bus bombing, a senior U.S. law enforcement official said New York police had increased their counter-terrorism focus on Jewish neighborhoods and institutions, over concerns of Iranian attacks on U.S. soil should U.S. or Israeli tensions with Iran escalate.

In a two-page paper summarizing its assessment of the alleged pattern of Iranian-related plots this year, NYPD analysts said that through its own Revolutionary Guard and Hezbollah, Iran had “sharply increased its operational tempo and its willingness to conduct terrorist attacks targeting Israeli interests and the International Jewish community worldwide”.

But the paper noted that many of this year’s plots lacked the sophistication and precision that characterized earlier plots linked to Iran.

Some bombs used in the recent plots shared certain features such as the use of military grade plastic explosives and magnets to attach the device to metal targets. While some had been detonated by remote control, others had relied on the “crude but effective tactic of pulling the pin on a hand grenade.”

The summary said the plotters had on occasion used local criminal elements, citing a plot in Baku where Iranian Revolutionary Guards agents provided weapons, equipment and selected the target for attack by Azeri criminals.

“This is an extremely dangerous combination,” the report concluded, adding that the geographic spread of the attacks and the willingness to go with less sophisticated plots “may add to the danger rather than lessen it.”

(Additional reporting by Dan Williams in Jerusalem; Editing by Jon Boyle and Mark Heinrich)

Iran implicated in Azeri terror attempt

Editor’s Note – Since the unprecedented decision by the European Union and Australia to join in sanctions against Iran; banning imports of crude oil, the temperature and rhetoric rises from Tehran. In the story below, Iran has been very active across the globe, and in this case, its operatives set out to kill Israelis in Azerbaijan.

It is well known that IRGC and Hezbollah operations are ongoing from South America to Africa, and to virtually anywhere on earth including North America. Chatter is high across the board as tensions rise and threats loom large. Years of placing assets in many foreign countries may soon spell mayhem as Iran seeks to demonstrate its long reach and asymmetric power.

Azerbaijan thwarts terror attack against Israeli, Jewish targets

Security official in Baku links Iran to planned operation; three men detained.

By Eli Shvidler

Baku, Azerbaijan on the Caspian at dusk

Haaretz

Three men were detained last week after planning to attack two Israelis employed by a Jewish school in Baku, the Azerbaijan Ministry of National Security has revealed. Meanwhile, an Azeri commentator considered close to the republic’s president has launched a scathing indictment of Iran.

The Azeri ministry said it had arrested a cell that planned to “kill public activists,” before it became apparent that the intended victims were two Israeli Chabad emissaries, a rabbi and a teacher employed by the “Chabad Or Avner” Jewish school in Baku. The ministry said that the three men, named as Rasim Aliyev, Ali Huseynov and Balaqardash Dadashov, received smuggled arms and equipment from Iranian agents. The action was apparently planned as retaliation to the gunning down of Iranian nuclear scientists.

“The Azeri security forces acted covertly without alerting us,” said Rabbi Shneor Segal, one of the two targets. “It was published that they originally planned to attack ‘people who look Jewish and hold foreign passports,’ near the school, but when the school guards began suspecting them, they started monitoring the area where I live,” he told Haaretz.

Segal added that the second target was Rabbi Mati Lewis.

Irani-Azeri relations, which were never rosy, recently deteriorated even further after Azeri Communication Minister Ali Abbasov accused Iran of carrying out a cyber attack against several offices in the country accused of “cooperation with Israel.”

Wafa Guluzade, a political commentator considered close to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, warned Iran that “planning the murder of prominent foreign citizens in Azerbaijan by a band of terrorists, one of whom [Dadashov] resides in Iran, amounts to ‘hostile activity’ against our country.”

Guluzade said that Iran would “break all its teeth trying break us … no Iranian provocation will influence the sociopolitical situation in Azerbaijan. Iran and its primitive ayatollahs sense their end is near and are trying to terrorize their neighbors. If they persists they will be answered by us, and by our Western allies.”

Azerbaijan has accused Iran of supporting Armenia in the conflict surrounding the Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. Last November an Iranian parliament member accused Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan of being “local Mossad bases.”

Iran – a blind eye is cast upon South America by the west

By Denise Simon

Make no mistake that Iran is not at a loss for friends globally and very willing RSVP’s from Latin America have signed on to Ahmedinejad’s objectives. The State Department’s diplomacy missions have failed throughout the Middle East and a blind eye is cast upon South America. Sure there are some that have questioned the recent tour by Ahmendinejad to key countries south of us, but no one is questioning just what agreements have been jointly agreed to by Latin leaders. Here are some questions that need to be asked by virtue of what Iran is presently doing that just may point to a larger impressionable circle of friends globally.

  1. Iran has a missile arsenal that includes ballistic systems, anti-cruise ship missiles as well as short-range systems. How is Chavez accommodating the spread of this inventory? Iran also has medium range missiles and the Shabab-3 that can reach Israel and Central Europe, and yes, Venezuela has essentially the same that can reach our shores.
  2. Iran has a multi-staged solid fuel missile, the Sejjil and is slated to have an intercontinental missile by 2015, so can one assume that Iran has shared these technologies with Latin America?

    The Shahab-3 - its range from the bases in Venezuela compliments of Iran
  3. Iran has several para-military groups and deep connections to terror organizations that include the Qods force which is part of the IRGC. Do we understand the range of their footprint beyond the Middle East, North Africa, the Sub-Sahara, and inside Latin America completely?
  4. Iran has three exceptional propaganda outlets that include al-Alam, Press TV, and Hispanic TV. Is it logical to assume Latin America is the target of Iran for acceptance and recruiting?
  5. How much larger will Iran’s alliance grow beyond that of Chavez in Venezuela, Morales of Bolivia, Lukashenko of Belarus, Nasrallah of Lebanon, and al-Basher of Sudan?
  6. The Saudis are in deep consideration of seeking a nuclear weapons program to counter Iran, so will Egypt and Pakistan offer assistance and will the technology spread to allies in Latin America?
  7. Iran has a back-door friendship with Qatar, which has become the fair weather friend of many throughout the Middle East and has been an appeaser of Iran with financial contributions and the flow of the same for Hezbollah and Hamas. Is it no wonder that Qatar has been the tourist and conference destination of world leaders friendly to Iran?
  8. First among the BRIC nations is Brazil, so is it within reason that Obama has been so generous with Brazil with oil grant money for drilling, a feeble effort to win more diplomacy battles with a large oil producer to make an end run around Iran’s Latin America objective?

Moving on, Muqtada al Sadr forced the United States out of Iraq and the the Prime Minister of Iraq signed a pact with Tehran for a new defense package. Iran and Iraq are working to launch a joint military exercise and an early warning defense network against Israel. Iran has also partnered with Shiite militant and terror groups in Iraq that include Sadr’s Promise Day Brigade, Kataib Hezbollah and Asaib Ahl al Haqq.

On another front, Iran is earnestly requesting a transit route through Iraq for weapons transfer pathways to Syria and Lebanon and is requiring Baghdad to join in the military cooperation against Israel. Iraq is much weaker without the United States and may look to Russia and China for weapons assistance in the near future.

While Iran is getting attention on their nuclear weapons program, no one is asking questions about biological or chemical weapons reaching the hands of Hezbollah. Questions must be raised regarding dirty bombs and conventional weapons that Iran is providing to Syria and Lebanon. We must also ask about the status of previously received WMD from Saddam Hussein.

Iran and Venezuela have entered into a defense pact and the Qods and Hezbollah operatives are providing training and recruiting to build cells within Venezuela. The IRGC officers are onsite in Caracas providing full support for an estimated thirty Shabab-3 mid-sized missiles along with cooperating with providing nuclear technology to the Chavez government. Iran has also arranged for un-manned aerial vehicles for Venezuela. Chavez has admitted he has provided testing of uranium deposits in key locations inside Venezuela. As recently as 2009, Chavez signed an agreement with Russia to help build a nuclear reactor and an accompanying village with Iran’s cooperation. Sound familiar?

Iran is a puppet of Russia and Ahmedinejad is the grand marshal of the Kremlin’s call to action. This most recent Latin America tour by Ahmedinejad has advanced the alliance of key South American countries to subscribe to Iran’s and Russia’s thunder. While Hillary Clinton claims success in acquiring Burma as a new global partner, Iran signed up Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua to their circle that already includes Cuba, Russia, North Korea, Belarus and Sudan.

Obama ‘owned’ again – Releases Hezbollah Commander to Iraqis

Editorial Note – Obama loses yet another one, yes another diplomatic loss. This time, its a known Iranian operative who is going to get a slap on the wrist from the Iraqis. Al-Maliki brought a known Iranian operative, Hadi Farhan al-Amiri, to the White House last week, and now Obama is giving up another Quds Force operative, Ali Mussa Daqduq. Obama seems to lose anything and everything associated with the Iranians.

The eastern world seems to have his number, and its the weakness factor that appears time and again.

It has been revealed starkly that he would not act to retrieve or destroy the missing drone in Iran, and that they possess technology we need to fear greatly, jamming technology (See inset). Iran is a deft chess master, and their hands are deep into Iraq, should any of this surprise us?

It also appears that Al-Maliki is a deft player as well, did Obama get “owned” in that testy White House visit?

US fears Iraq will release Hezbollah commander

Obama administration decided to hand Ali Musa Daqduq, who is linked to raid in which four US soldiers were abducted and killed, to Iraqi authorities. Sen. Chambliss: Only a matter of time before this terrorist will be back on the battlefield

By Yitzhak Benhorin, AP/YNet News

WASHINGTON – A Lebanese Hezbollah commander allegedly responsible for killing four US soldiers in Iraq will be prosecuted for a lesser charge of illegal entry with a forged passport, Iraqi officials said Saturday.

Ali Musa Daqduq was the last American prisoner in Iraq and was handed over to Iraqi authorities on Friday.

On Saturday, two Iraqi officials said Daqduq will be prosecuted for illegal entry with a forged passport – the only Iraqi charge against him. The charge generally carries a sentence of just over five years in prison. But the officials say an investigative judge will consider US allegations against him. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

Daqduq has been linked to a brazen raid in which four American soldiers were abducted and killed in the Iraqi holy city of Karbala in 2007.

US officials have long feared that the Iraqis would release Daqduq once he had been transferred from American control and US troops left the country. But his case was complicated by issues of international diplomacy and the American political debate over how best to prosecute suspected terrorists.

Under former President George W. Bush, prosecutors had planned to charge Daqduq in a US criminal court. But those plans were scrapped after President Barack Obama took office and lawmakers began restricting his ability to bring terrorist suspects into the United States for trial.

Many Republicans had wanted Daqduq prosecuted before a military tribunal at the Guantanamo Bay base in Cuba. The Obama administration had hoped a compromise would be to prosecute Daqduq in a first-of-its-kind military commission on US soil.

But the Iraqi government would not let the United States take Daqduq out of the country for trial, White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said.

Iraq has had a shoddy record on detainee security. Last year, just a week after the US turned more than 1,000 detainees at its Camp Cropper prison over to Iraqi control, four al-Qaeda-linked detainees escaped. An investigation showed that the detainees had inside help.

That had lawmakers worried that Daqduq would return to Hezbollah soon after his transfer. Shortly before the White House announcement, Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., was gathering signatures on a letter to Obama.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, accused the Obama administration of “once again completely abdicating its responsibility to hold on to deadly terrorists.”

“Given Iraq’s history of releasing detainees, I expect it is only a matter of time before this terrorist will be back on the battlefield,” he said.

Vietor said a trial at Guantanamo Bay was never an option, either for the Iraqis or for the administration.

“The policy of this administration, because we believe it’s in our national security interest, is to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, not add to the population,” he said.

According to the Daily Beast, one reason Daqduq could not be sent to the United States is that Obama had not permitted new detainees to be sent to the Guantánamo prison in Cuba.

Intelligence officials, the website said, are frustrated by the outcome. “This is one of many things we just dropped,” one intelligence officer told The Daily Beast, predicting that some of those turned over by the US in recent days will be released and “will go back to the Iranian terror machine.”

Assad’s hired guns, Iranians and Hezbollah

Editor’s Note – SUA posted Hassan Nasrallah’s video message of support for Assad, and since he takes his orders from Tehran, its no surprise Hezbollah is being used by the regime to quell the rebels. In fact, SUA reported that they were already in Syria for quite some time now. The fact that the rebels now see this and are reporting it confirms earlier reports.

Syria rebels: Assad regime recruiting Iranian, Hezbollah mercenaries

Haaretz

Free Syrian Army spokesman says Syrian President Bashar Assad losing control of his forces; dozens of Syrian army deserters find refuge in Jordan.

By Jack Khoury and The Associated Press

The Syrian regime is beginning to lose control over its security forces and is thus forced to hire mercenaries from Iran, Iraq and Lebanon, the Free Syrian Army spokesman told the Saudi newspaper Asharq Alawsat Newspaper on Sunday.

The spokesman, Ammar al-Wawi, said that in recent months many army and police officers defected, a fact that “requires the regime to make internal changes in the military ranks.”

Al-Wawi added that the mercenaries include members of Iraqi Shiite militias, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and Hezbollah, and are being deployed in military operations against rebel forces.

Meanwhile, Jordan’s foreign minister said 100 Syrian military and police deserters have taken refuge in the kingdom throughout the eight-month uprising in their country.

Nasser Judeh’s Sunday remarks were the first official public confirmation that Jordan hosts Syrian defectors.

In September, officials said privately that Jordan had received 60 Syrian army and police deserters, who ranged in rank from corporal to colonel.

Judeh told The Associated Press that the Syrian soldiers and policemen, whom he claimed were conscripts rather than officers, had arrived in batches over the last eight months.

Many Syrians fleeing Assad’s crackdown have also sought refuge in neighboring Turkey.

Arab League foreign ministers were to meet in Cairo later on Sunday to decide whether to rubber-stamp a set of sanctions on Syria drafted by their economy ministers after Syria ignored a deadline designed to end its violent crackdown on protesters.