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Beirut veteran blamed over Basra attacks
The Sunday Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 04/25/04 | Con Coughlin

Posted on 04/24/2004 4:22:19 PM PDT by Pokey78

A leading Lebanese terrorist accused of blowing up the American embassy in Beirut in the 1980s is being held responsible for the increase in suicide bomb attacks against coalition targets in southern Iraq.

In the latest blasts, in the British-controlled sector in Basra at the end of last week, 73 people - including 18 children - were killed when five suicide car bombs exploded outside police stations.

Western intelligence officials have uncovered evidence that the attacks are being co-ordinated by Imad Mugniyeh, a leading figure in Lebanon's extremist Hizbollah Shia Muslim terror organisation.

Washington has accused Mugniyeh of blowing up the American embassy and the United States marine compound in Beirut in the 1980s, killing more than 300 US officials and troops.

Mugniyeh, who is now in his fifties and has a close relationship with Iran's Revolutionary Guards, has been based in Teheran since the end of the Lebanese civil war, and is also known to have close links with Osama bin Laden's al-Qa'eda terrorist network.

Intelligence officials in Iraq have uncovered evidence that Mugniyeh has been helping to train the self-styled al-Mahdi army set up by Moqtada al-Sadr, the dissident Iraqi Shia leader.

Mugniyeh, the head of Hizbollah's external security apparatus, has deployed scores of Lebanese Hizbollah fighters in Iraq, and set up secret training camps along the southern part of the border with Iran.

The Hizbollah fighters are working closely with members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, with whom they developed a close relationship during the 1980s when their terror tactics forced the Reagan administration to withdraw US forces from Beirut.

"This is all part of a strategy devised by hardliners in Iran to repeat their success in Lebanon and drive coalition troops out of Iraq," said a senior intelligence official.

"Their main aim is to create an Iranian-style Islamic republic in Iraq."

In recent weeks Sadr has made a number of public references in support of Hizbollah, while Hizbollah supporters demonstrated in Beirut earlier this month in support of "the Iraqi intifada".

The National Council of Resistance of Iran, a prominent Iranian exile group, also claims that a significant number of Revolutionary Guards fighters have been sent to Iraq to support Sadr and the al-Mahdi army.

Attempts by Iranian hardliners to encourage attacks on coalition targets are being undertaken against the wishes of the Iranian government, which earlier this month sent a team of diplomats to Iraq to persuade Sadr to end his stand-off with American troops.

But at the same time as Iranian officials were negotiating with Sadr, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's hardline spiritual leader, was circulating a cassette tape in Arabic to a number of Iraqi mosques in which he called on the Iraqis to "unite and expel the occupiers to ensure the establishment of a new power based on Islam".


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alsadr; basra; hamas; hizbollah; imadmugniyeh; iraq; jihad; mugniyeh; muslims; syria

1 posted on 04/24/2004 4:22:20 PM PDT by Pokey78
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To: Pokey78
Another terrorist scumbag that deserves a slow death wrapped in raw pig skin.
2 posted on 04/24/2004 4:26:39 PM PDT by cavtrooper21 (Knowledge is power, power corrupts... So study hard and be evil.)
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To: Pokey78
"Washington has accused Mugniyeh of blowing up the American embassy and the United States marine compound in Beirut in the 1980s, killing more than 300 US officials and troops."

It's a shame he wasn't dealt with then.

3 posted on 04/24/2004 4:32:11 PM PDT by monkeywrench
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To: Pokey78
That is VERY interesting !

All you hear about is "al-Qaeda", "linked to al-Qaeda", etc.

One of the biggest trouble makers has been Ansar al-Islam (Followers of Islam) which seems to have ties to both Sunnis and Shi'ites.The Jordanian leader,al-Zarqawi,took refuge in Iran after the US wounded him in Afghanistan.He then moved to Iraq,where the old Saddam-ite made him welcome.

Today's bit (speedboats doing suicide runs in Basra) sounds like something from the 1st Gulf war. Iran did a lot of sneak attacks on shipping,set up missiles on oil towers,etc.
4 posted on 04/24/2004 4:34:28 PM PDT by genefromjersey (So little time - so many FLAMES to light !!)
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To: Pokey78
How can someone with a brain say this:

Attempts by Iranian hardliners to encourage attacks on coalition targets are being undertaken against the wishes of the Iranian government

and then say this:

But at the same time as Iranian officials were negotiating with Sadr, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's hardline spiritual leader, was circulating a cassette tape in Arabic to a number of Iraqi mosques in which he called on the Iraqis to "unite and expel the occupiers to ensure the establishment of a new power based on Islam".

and fail to see the utter lunacy they spouted in the first statement. Then again I am probably expecting too much from reporters for them to be able to recognize that statements they write within 20 words of each other are diametrically opposed to such an extent that either one statement is true, or the other, but not both.

5 posted on 04/24/2004 4:35:07 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: vbmoneyspender
So whatever happened --- you are with us or against us.

Bomb Iran now!
6 posted on 04/24/2004 4:37:13 PM PDT by observer5
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To: monkeywrench
I recon its high time for a little payback don't you?
7 posted on 04/24/2004 4:39:05 PM PDT by Camel Joe (Proud Uncle of a Fine Young Marine)
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To: Pokey78

MOST WANTED

- SCUMBAG -

TERRORIST

ALERT!

bump


8 posted on 04/24/2004 4:41:03 PM PDT by OneLoyalAmerican (A Fireman in the NAVY was promoted more times than Lieutanant junior grade John F'n Kerry.)
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To: Camel Joe
Yup! So many losers in the terrorist lottery of life. His numbers up!
9 posted on 04/24/2004 4:41:49 PM PDT by monkeywrench
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To: vbmoneyspender
The official government and the spiritual leaders are not the same .. officially. Only in practice does Iran have one ruler.
10 posted on 04/24/2004 4:42:04 PM PDT by Camel Joe (Proud Uncle of a Fine Young Marine)
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To: Travis McGee
Bottom Feeder has surfaced again.......I've got book on this weenie somewhere ! Gotta do some looking in old paper files.

Stay safe !

11 posted on 04/24/2004 4:44:32 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: Camel Joe
So if you were a reporter what would you write. What the Iranians says is the truth or what the truth is.
12 posted on 04/24/2004 4:45:40 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: swarthyguy
Muginiyeh.

Dang. Now I gotta credit DEBKA.
13 posted on 04/24/2004 5:09:18 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: F14 Pilot; Ragtime Cowgirl; Sabertooth; kattracks; Dog; Ernest_at_the_Beach; yonif; Diogenesis; ...
Thought you would be interested. Hizbollah link indentified in Basra attacks.
14 posted on 04/24/2004 5:17:59 PM PDT by XHogPilot
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To: genefromjersey
Intelligence officials in Iraq have uncovered evidence that Mugniyeh has been helping to train the self-styled al-Mahdi army set up by Moqtada al-Sadr, the dissident Iraqi Shia leader.




This article links this guy to AQ/Iran/Hizbollah - where are our friends from Hamas? Why should we leave THEM out of the party?
15 posted on 04/24/2004 5:25:13 PM PDT by bitt
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To: bitt
Hamas has been playing pattycake with Hezbollah for years-brand of Islamic madness notwithstanding.

They figure: Kill all the infidels,Jews, Crusaders,etc. first..................THEN we'll try to kill each other !
16 posted on 04/24/2004 5:30:26 PM PDT by genefromjersey (So little time - so many FLAMES to light !!)
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To: Pokey78
Instead of airing the ridiculously partisan claims of every anti-Bush book of the week, our nations news networks could do us a big service by putting together a national briefing connecting all the dots between Al-Qaida, Iraq, Hamas, Hezbollah, etc. Then we could understand the worldwide nature of this battle. If the want to cover their liberal asses with a disclaimer about it being a "Bush Administration" viewpoint, so be it. But in years past, they would have done such an investigative report.

But that would require work, wouldn't it? Ugh.
17 posted on 04/24/2004 6:23:19 PM PDT by Keith (IT'S ABOUT THE JUDGES)
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To: Pokey78
-"Washington has accused Mugniyeh of blowing up the American embassy and the United States marine compound in Beirut in the 1980s, killing more than 300 US officials and troops."

-" Mugniyeh, who is now in his fifties and has a close relationship with Iran's Revolutionary Guards, has been based in Teheran since the end of the Lebanese civil war, and is also known to have close links with Osama bin Laden's al-Qa'eda terrorist network."

Ok, so what are we waiting for??

18 posted on 04/24/2004 6:23:27 PM PDT by LibFreeUSA
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To: XHogPilot
Hamas link identified in Kosovo attack on Americans.
19 posted on 04/24/2004 6:52:27 PM PDT by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting www.johnathangaltfilms.com)
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To: cavtrooper21
Even Alan Dershowitz just wrote an article saying Sadr is a legit military target, and should be shot asap.
20 posted on 04/24/2004 7:14:03 PM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: Iberian
Bump.
21 posted on 04/24/2004 7:59:13 PM PDT by First_Salute (May God save our democratic-republican government, from a government by judiciary.)
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To: Pokey78
But at the same time as Iranian officials were negotiating with Sadr

Negotiating, sure. They were probably just getting a list of weapons he needs smuggled in to help him out.

It's time to stop playing this game with the Iranians and start funding a resistance movement in their country to give them something to worry about. Until we deal with Iran and Syria there will never be peace in Iraq.

22 posted on 04/24/2004 9:37:54 PM PDT by Reagan is King (The modern definition of 'racist' is someone who is winning an argument with a liberal.)
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To: Thud
Some unfinished business has come up again.
23 posted on 04/24/2004 9:56:43 PM PDT by Dark Wing
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To: XHogPilot
Thanks for the PING!!!
24 posted on 04/25/2004 3:30:27 AM PDT by F14 Pilot (John ''Fedayeen" Kerry - the Mullahs' regime candidate)
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To: XHogPilot; Cap Huff; Coop; Angelus Errare; swarthyguy; Boot Hill; oceanview
A new player has entered the game..

Western intelligence officials have uncovered evidence that the attacks are being co-ordinated by Imad Mugniyeh, a leading figure in Lebanon's extremist Hizbollah Shia Muslim terror organisation.

This guy is a very nasty piece of work.....I was wondering when he would make a move.

25 posted on 04/25/2004 2:37:09 PM PDT by Dog (In Memory of Pat Tillman ---- ---- ---- American Hero.)
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