Skip to comments.Captured Hizbullah Kidnapper Details Syrian, Iranian Collusion
Posted on 08/08/2006 2:15:10 PM PDT by RouxStir
Captured Hizbullah Kidnapper Details Syrian, Iranian Collusion 21:53 Aug 08, '06 / 14 Av 5766 by Nissan Ratzlav-Katz
The IDF released videotaped footage of an interview with a captured Hizbullah member who was involved in the July 12th attack in which eight IDF soldiers were killed and two others kidnapped.
Chief of military intelligence, Maj.-Gen. Amos Yadlin, told cabinet ministers on Sunday that the Hizbullah terrorist had been taken prisoner during an operation in Lebanon. Soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev are still being held hostage by the Iranian-backed Hizbullah.
Among other revelations of Hizbullah recruitment and training methods, the captured terrorist, Hussein Ali Sliman, said that he and a group of 40 or 50 others travelled from Beirut to Iran by way of an unofficial Syrian air strip in 2003. He also noted that the caravan of Hizbullah vehicles crossing into Syria travelled by way of an official military lane. The trip was undertaken for one of two practical field exercises of Hizbullah terrorists under Iranian tutelage.
Sliman, age 22 from the Beirut-area Burj Al-Barajneh PLO refugee camp, was interrogated after being captured by IDF forces in an unspecified raid in Lebanon. Speaking in Arabic, the captive Hizbullah member appears to be very calm and cooperative with his off-camera interrogator in the edited recording.
Early in the interview, Sliman described how he began Hizbullah militia training activities at the age of 15, after school hours, in his home town. The training, Sliman said, lasted one and a half months, during which the youths were given military, educational and religious instruction.
Sliman: "I was young. In 2000, I took part in a combat course, after the liberation [a reference to the Israeli unilateral withdrawal from southern Lebanon in that year - ed.]."
Interrogator: "And until 2000, what did you do during that period?"
Sliman: "Nothing. Mosque attendance. Mosque attendance and lessons with the sheikh [Muslim cleric]."
After a multi-faceted 45-day combat course in the Ba'albek region of eastern Lebanon, Sliman learned how to use anti-tank weapons and eventually took part in what might be likened to a military officers course for commanders of specific districts.
When asked by his questioner if he took courses outside of Lebanon, Sliman answered, "Not a course. I took part in practical field training exercises ['war games' - ed.]. Two exercises."
Interrogator: "When was the first exercise?"
Sliman: "At the end of 2003."
Interrogator: "Where did you do it?"
Sliman: "In Iran."
Interrogator: "How did you leave for Iran?"
Sliman: "We left Beirut in cars, range rovers, other vehicles...."
Interrogator: "Hizbullah cars. It is known that military cars belong to the Hizbullah."
Sliman: "Not military vehicles, but..."
Interrogator: "But they are recognized as belonging to the Hizbullah."
Sliman: "Yes. Recognizable."
The captured Hizbullah terrorist was then asked where they went from Beirut. "From Beirut to the Damascus airport," he replied. "At the Al-Missna Crossing, by way of the military lane."
After clarifying that the group of about 50 Hizbullah terrorists traveled to Syria as a group, by way of a military crossing, the interrogator asked Sliman what they did once they reached the Damascus airport.
Sliman: "We did not enter the Damascus airport, we entered a separate area...."
Interrogator: "That is to say, unofficial."
Sliman: "Yes, unofficial."
Interrogator: "They entered the Damascus airport..."
Sliman: "An airport bus, the bus came and took us and we took off in the plane."
Interrogator: "Did they stamp your passports when you left?"
Sliman: "We didn't have any passports."
The video then cuts to a discussion of the attacks Sliman carried out once back in Lebanon. In 2005, he was part of a peripheral team assigned to prevent Israeli tanks from firing at the border town of Rajar, as another cell attempted to kill or kidnap IDF soldiers stationed on the Israeli side of the border. That operation failed. "The main goal was really not achieved," he admitted, "but the secondary goal was to land a harsh blow against the military outposts."
Regarding his part in the July 12th attack and kidnapping on the Lebanese-Israeli border, Sliman said that he was assigned to prevent the approach of IDF reinforcements from nearby military positions.
And the American world too. :^)
What is your preferred course of action?
Thank you for my tagline update.
It seems clear that our primary objective should be to make Syria and Iran pay a price in this conflict, but the question is how? And if we're not ready to bite the Iranian apple at this moment, can't we at least inflict some pain on Syria?
I think the U.S. should infer that any flights going in and out of either Syria or Iran will be downed immediately. Indefinitely.
Formal declaration of war followed by full scale blockade of air and sea trade routes. Full support for insurgents within Iran.
I've written it many, many times before. Flatten Damascus and Tehran.
nice pic, i agree. i am a little bit skeptical about these at the depths iran has dug to though. Israel has these through us and has not used them yet.
If they take more time and prevent 5-7 dollar gas/ global economic turmoil, i can wait a few weeks - for Israel to decimate their proxy.
.....and a moon rock and a well......
Can't do that...it may interrupt the student exchange program.
DEMOCRATS don't care. Their mission is the total destruction of Israel just as the terrorists are. Democrats are America's internal terrorist organization.
Don't count on us not acting against Iran. Something is brewing. The Pentagon is very busy.
Gee, the US sells smart bombs to Israel and there are 2000 MSM stories on it for days. This is getting no traction with the MSM.
They are all traitors.
ANd massive bombing of every single military target.
Guess why he squels like a stuck pig?
Waterboarding is but one of the mouth openers which leads to info and saving others lives.
Sorry to say, the U.S. is hopelessly restricted to gain such information as these terrorists fall now under the Geneva Convention by ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court besides being entitled to a ACLU approved lawyer.
How can we be absolutely certain he's telling it straight? I find the comments interesting, but I wouldn't bet the farm on his information.
I would like to see Syria and Iran explain this away
could you elaborate?
Obviously, a sham, forced confession at gunpoint. </s>
Would he lie??
Get a grip... Who knows??
"We left Beirut in cars, range rovers, other vehicles...."
They were white and had UN painted on the roof in dark letters.... Some were even disguised as ambulances....
Who says we aren't getting ready?
Anyone heard any comments on this from Congressional Liberals like Pelosi, Boxer, Kerry, Kennedy and all the rest of the anti-American, anti-military, hate Bush, Bush lied crowd?
The irrelevant are waiting for the un's opinion so they can all stand together.
"Something is brewing."
No surprise that the Israelis are making ratboy sing. It's still good news, though!
I have no doubt Rumsfield is working on the 1st two, and Iran will eventually take care of the last one for us, but when?
Amahdman is in a rather uncomfortable position right now, things having gone wildly out of control with his plan to show the muzzy world that he could poke Israel in the eye with impugnity. Everyone knows Assad & Amahdman are behind this, and the muzzy world is waiting to see if these two a$$holes are back up what they started, or they're going to puss out.
If they let Nasrallah retreat - and live, without him getting martyred, it'll look like they got dicked by Israel once again, but if they do something dumb like attack us, well, then they're FUBAR.
Either way they're screwed.
Eight were killed? Is this new info from Israel? (I knew there were soldiers killed, thought fewer than that, though.)
The question isn't whether Iran will puss out, because they already haven't. The question is whether the West will puss out. I think we won't, but maybe that's wishful thinking.
*Yawn* Do we really need any more evidence?
The UN will say that he was tortured into giving this confession.
"starting with a couple hundred of these would be the opening course of action if it was mine to make"
That might just be what Israel is waiting for. They don't want to send in soldiers to take out well fortified positions.
Drop a couple of dozen of these bad boys on them and it will be over.
that'd blow up real good
You're right and it makes me want to throw up. The "irrelevant" will be the first to wring their hands when we get attacked again. IMO, they're appeasers, cowards, worthless Americans not worthy to lick the boots of our soldiers or Israel's brave soldiers. They're American(?) hypocrites.
"How can we be...certain he's telling it straight?"
You know they're still looking for Jimmy Hoffa...and this guy seems to be quite a storyteller.
Probably it should be Tehran. That would diminish the possibility of periperal damage to people of greater importance to us, and when the Persians have been plastered, the Syrians will probable become very eager to live placidly with their neighbors.
"I think the U.S. should infer that any flights going in and out of either Syria or Iran will be downed immediately. Indefinitely."
Infer? How would they 'infer' that? Perhaps you mean 'imply'
"If they take more time and prevent 5-7 dollar gas/ global economic turmoil, i can wait a few weeks - for Israel to decimate their proxy."
Decimate means kill one in ten. I don't think 10% attrition would be nearly enough.