DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 2, 2009
The latest DEBKA-Net-Weekly delves behind the obvious profit motive to discover what really drove the UK (and Scotland) to cut short Abdelbaset Ali Al Megrahi's life sentence for the 1998 Pan-Am bombing.
And why the furious dust-up between Washington and London?
Tese new revelations - and much more - appeared in the latest DEBKA-Net-Weekly issue out Friday.
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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 20, 2009
Saturday morning, April 18, two Israeli policemen were run down by a Palestinian vehicle at the Hizme roadblock guarding the northern entry to Jerusalem. One is in a coma.
Friday, a Palestinian set about a group of tourists on the Via Dolorosa with a knife, stabbing one in the head.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 18, 2009
Using novel, upgraded tactics, Al Qaeda and fellow Islamist terror groups are outperforming anti-terror agencies in their attacks on targeted countries. International counter-terror agencies are worried enough to start retooling their counter-measures after viewing terrorist performances in Mumbai on Nov. 2008, killing 172 people, Lahore on March 3, causing 8 fatalities, and the Jordan Valley, shooting dead 2 Israeli policemen.
India, for instance, is overhauling its special forces from top to bottom and preparing to launch the world's first anti-terror satellite RISAT 2 on short-order delivery from Israel.
British intelligence and anti-terror services have embarked on a crash program to secure the G-20 summit opening in London on April 2, fearing the posh hotels hosting the leaders and their retinues are designated for a Mumbai-style massacre.
Western terror experts have detected common traits in the recent spate of attacks:
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 27, 2009
By a fluke, the Free Galilee Brigades failed to bring off a multiple-casualty bomb attack on the Saturday night crowds at the Haifa Lev Mifratz shopping mall on March 21. But debkafile's military sources report that security officials fear that the shadowy group, based in northern Israeli Arab villages and Jerusalem, is spreading its wings after killing 12 Israelis in a string of attacks since 2003.
By good fortune, the bomb mechanism in an abandoned car failed to detonate and no-one was hurt. Had it worked, the casualty count would have run to scores.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 22, 2009
A small explosion attracted police notice to a car packed with a large quantity of explosives parked outside the Lev Mifratz shopping mall in Haifa. The mall and cinemas were cleared before anyone was hurt.
An organization calling itself Galilee Brigades linked to Hizballah claimed responsibility.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 12, 2009
The anti-terror center in Jerusalem has published a list of countries which Israelis planning Passover trips next month are cautioned to avoid for fear of kidnap or terrorist attack. In others they are advised to exercise special vigilance. The center warns that the Lebanese Hizballah has not given up its plans to avenge the death of its military leader Imad Mughniyeh more than a year ago for which it holds Israel responsible.
Israeli military sources say inaction in face of spiraling Palestinian attacks from Gaza is insupportable - 15 missiles in two days<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 9, 2007
Two were fired early Monday, one directly hitting an empty residence in Sderot next door to a nursery school. The sixth Qassam missile of 8 fired from Gaza Sunday injured 3 people, one seriously, near the Shear Nanegev gas station south of Sderot, causing also damage.
The sources report 220 Qassam missiles fired from Gaza in the six months of the partial ceasefire, 82 bomb-traps for Israeli border patrols and 66 shooting attacks.
Nine alleged Muslim terrorist conspirators go on trial before Australian Supreme Court jury June 1<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 4, 2007
They are charged with stockpiling bomb-making chemicals for bombs used in the 2005 transport attacks in London for attacks to avenge perceived injustices against Muslims. This will be Australia's biggest terrorist conspiracy trial. The conspirators were arrested in Sydney and Melbourne in 2005.
Hundreds of Taliban retake S, Afghanistan town of Musa Qala after controversial British peace deal with local elders <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2007
British forces pulled out of the small Helmand province town some weeks ago as part of an agreement with the elders, who said they would keep Taleban fighters out of the town center and run security with their own police unit.
UK terrorist kidnap plot, including possible torture and beheading of an individual, targeted 25 people
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 2, 2007
The terrorists planned to videotape the beheading of one of their victims, a British Muslim soldier, and air it on the Internet. Nine suspects were detained at 12 addresses raided in predominantly Muslim districts of the Midlands city of Birmingham before dawn Wednesday, Jan. 31, part of an unfolding nationwide operation by the police counter-terrorist branch and MI5 security service.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 14, 2005
On the march against the Tehran regime since April, the ethnic Arab rebels of Iran's southwest province of Khuzestan have for the first time struck an Iranian oil target. This attack, revealed here by debkafile's Exclusive Iranian sources, took place Wednesday, June 8. The guerrillas struck the new petrochemical installations of the Karoun Oil and Gas Production's drilling and well services, east of the provincial capital of Ahwaz. Saturday night, June 11, President Mohammed Khatami flew in to the restive region which supplies 80% of Iran's oil output to assess the damage. Four hours after he returned to Tehran, Arab guerrillas detonated four bombs in Ahwaz - one at least by a suicide bomber.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 13, 2004
A ton and a half of high explosives smashed into the Israeli military compound at the Rafah border crossing into Egypt, injuring 11 Israeli soldiers, four critically. The mighty explosion erupted from a secret 800-meter long tunnel, the longest the Palestinians have dug so far. But debkafile's military sources report that the strike against the Rafah crossing was no run-of-the-mill Palestinian terror attack such as Israel has endured for decades, but a meticulously-planned military operation in which a battalion-scale force was deployed. Sunday night, all the Palestinian terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip proved they could work together under a single commander. debkafile's military sources name him as 62-year old Khan Younes-based Palestinian brigadier general Saib Ajez, a veteran officer of the moribund commando-trained Palestinian Liberation Army and the best tactical brain the Palestinians have. He has 20,000 men under arms at his disposal
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 11, 2004
Unlike the rough and ready burrows that "import" most Palestinian terrorist manpower, weapons and explosives supplies from Sinai - or the hidden buried bomb craters sunk under Israeli positions - the still unfinished Karni Tunnel was built to last. Clearly designed by competent engineers, plastered reinforced concrete walls run its 300-meter length. Israeli intelligence has known about its existence for six months, but never found its location till this week. Israeli commanders and military planners ordered the hunt because of the acute danger the tunnel represents to all their counter-terror efforts in southwest Israel. Finished, the project would have run 500-600 meters, making it the longest Palestinian tunnel discovered yet. It was to have headed under the electronic security fence marking the Gaza border and come out deep inside Israeli territory.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 14, 2004
At 78, the fiery Egyptian preacher Yusuf al-Qaradawi is a household name in the Muslim Arab world, commanding great respect as a leading theologian and star status for his religious phone-in program over Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based Arabic television station. The business that brought him to London is revealed here exclusively by debkafile's Middle East sources. The preacher placed before a World Muslim Brotherhood conference a working document drawn up at "a secret meeting of the movement" somewhere in the Middle East, calling on all brethren in the Muslim world to rise up and foil Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon's plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and, most of all, to combat any potential Egyptian or Jordanian role in its implementation. The Brotherhood was exhorted to resort "to all means available."
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 14, 2004
The Syrian leadership, in an urgent session on Sunday, January 11, resolved on two fresh initiatives after failing to make head or tail of Israel's wordy and inconsistent responses to Bashar Assad's feelers for the resumption of the peace talks that broke down four years ago. The first such feeler was broached in a New York Times interview last month. Since then, different Israeli government and military officials have been tacking and weaving between outright rejection and wary affirmatives. The Damascus meeting decided to seize the diplomatic high ground provided by Israel's apparently negative response and move forward in two seemingly opposite directions: in the first instance, a charm campaign to throw off Washington's heavy pressure and its implied threat of military action against Syrian targets both on its soil and in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley; in the second, to bury the twenty-one-year old hatchet between the Assad regime and Yasser Arafat. This week Damascus moved forward on both these fronts:
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 31, 2003
Washington's stern warning to Yasser Arafat to beware of toppling Mahmoud Abbas' government at the Palestinian legislative council worked surprisingly well. The council session - called by Abbas himself to report on his first 100 days in office - was put back five days from Monday, September 1, to Thursday. The scheduled confidence vote was then cancelled in the nick of time to save Abbas. Arafat had worked the phone and managed to raise a majority for voting him down. The formal US Note delivered Thursday, August 28, by the American consul-general in Jerusalem to the Palestinian Authority, the first since the body was established in 1994, stressed that if Abbas is ousted, the United State will withdraw its support for the road map and a Palestinian state, a process already stalled by the steady escalation in Palestinian violence over the past few weeks.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 11, 2003
mg class="picture" src="/dynmedia/pictures/SHALOMI.jpg" align="left" border="0">Most Israelis waited with bated breath Sunday night, August 10, for a formidable Israeli response to the fourth Hizballah cross-border bombardment in three days - the first to take a life since the IDF quit southern Lebanon to agreed lines three years ago. The hotels and guest-houses of northern Israel's small communities, plagued by unemployment, had been celebrating a good season after three slow years. Hours after 16-year old Haviv Dadon was killed by a Hizballah shell, the Israeli air force struck a Hizballah artillery position outside the Lebanese village of Jijim. That attack was meant only as a pinprick, the foretaste of a badly-needed major Israeli offensive deep inside Syria to force Damascus to hold Hizballah back from further escalating its cross-border violence. Israel's massive assault did not materialize.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 6, 2003
mg class="picture" src="/dynmedia/pictures/NASSR.jpg" align="left" border="0">The Lebanese Shiite terror group has launched an extensive, particularly vicious, terror campaign against Israel in collusion with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. At present, an Israeli Arab terror gang in Galilee, controlled and funded by Hizballah, is believed by Israeli security officials talking to debkafile to be responsible for the kidnap-murder of Israeli soldier Oleg Shaichat, whose body was found last week in northern Israel. The same squad also apparently abducted Tiberias teenager Dana Bennet six days ago and possibly also New York yeshiva student Eliezer Zussiya Klughoft, who was last seen on Mt. Meron on Saturday, August 2.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 16, 2003
The truce declared by Palestinian terrorist organizations on June 29 was initially held up by prime minister Mahmoud Abbas and his internal security minister Mohammed Dahlan as evidence that persuasion could work better than confrontation to disarm the terrorists. They asked for a three-week grace period - which was granted and massive releases of Palestinian terrorists in Israeli jails - which was not. More than two weeks have been used up of that period and the two Palestinian leaders have barely gone through the motions of stripping the terrorist groups of their weapons in the areas turned over to their responsibility, the Gaza Strip and Bethlehem. In the 15 days of ceasefire from June 29 to July 14, 10 Israelis were murdered by Palestinian terrorists and the level of attacks on Israeli targets remains high in the southern Gaza Strip.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 15, 2003
The cat was out of the bag - almost - as a result of Operation Peninsula Strike, the massive US crackdown against a lethal brew of anti-American resistance forces which have been bedeviling US troops north of Baghdad. A substantial quotient of foreign combatants from Arab countries - Saudis, Yemenis, Egyptians, Jordanians, Syrians and Palestinians from Syria or Lebanon - was discovered to be mixed in with the Fedayeen Saddam, Baathists and former Republican Guards officers mounting lethal ambushes against US troops in and around Baghdad. At the same time, no one says where they are coming from.