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Syria, Iran intelligence services aided Hezbollah during war
Haaretz ^ | 10/3/6 | Ze'ev Schiff

Posted on 10/02/2006 7:00:51 PM PDT by SmithL

During the fighting in Lebanon Hezbollah received direct intelligence support from Syria, using data collected by listening posts jointly manned by Russian and Syrian crews. Hezbollah was also fed intelligence from new listening posts built on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, which are operated jointly with Iran.

This information was confirmed in recent reports by the defense journal Jane's.

Syria's centrality to the collection and transfer of intelligence to Hezbollah is based on separate agreements Damascus signed with Moscow and Tehran on intelligence cooperation.

The agreement with Russia is much older than the one with Iran, which was signed earlier this year.

As happened with the significant numbers of advanced Russian anti-tank missiles procured by Syria and transferred to Hezbollah, Russia found itself operating indirectly in favor of the Lebanese Shi'ite organization in matters of intelligence.

In addition to the profits from arms sales to Syria, the Russo-Syrian intelligence cooperation benefits Moscow in terms of the actual first-hand data collected by the listening posts.

Russia is also involved in assisting Syria to enlarge two of its ports on the Mediterranean, Latakia and Tartus. Reports of this development have emerged only recently.

Israel complained to Russia regarding the transfer of advanced anti-tank missiles sold to Syria. Moscow denied the reports but also promised to investigate Israel's claims.

It is not clear whether Israel also protested over the transfer of intelligence collected by the Russo-Syrian listening posts to Hezbollah.

The intelligence cooperation agreement between Syria and Iran is new. It is part of a broader strategic cooperation accord between the two states that was achieved in November 2005 and confirmed during the visit to Damascus in January 2006 of Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 2006israelwar; hezbullies

1 posted on 10/02/2006 7:00:52 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

I don't mean to sound glib, but duh! :)


2 posted on 10/02/2006 7:03:35 PM PDT by Perdogg (Democratic Party - The political wing of Al Qaeda)
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To: SmithL

All of that being true, it is inconsequential. It gives us more information on their spectrum use and methodology than all of the tactical intelligence they relayed had value to the other side. While the enemy was at maximum operational tempo and effort to confront the limited number of Israeli forces, the IDF was severly restrained in numbers and Order of Battle.


3 posted on 10/02/2006 7:07:30 PM PDT by middie
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To: SmithL

NO KIDDINGGG


4 posted on 10/02/2006 7:30:00 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("Step aside Jez"=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: SmithL
WHAT?????

Syria and Russia helping the terrorists????

I'm
SHOCKED, SHOCKED!!!
5 posted on 10/02/2006 8:04:37 PM PDT by JustTheTruth
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To: SmithL

headline should be :

Syria, UN, Iran intelligence services aided Hezbollah during war


6 posted on 10/02/2006 9:25:06 PM PDT by TracyTucson
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To: TracyTucson

Don't forget Kofi! I am sure he was passing info along someway, somehow. It would be beneath him not to take sides against Israel.


7 posted on 10/02/2006 9:36:10 PM PDT by Prost1 (Fair and Unbiased as always!)
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To: SmithL

So did the UN. So if the Axis of Evil is Iran, Syria, and N Korea, then the axle is the UN.


8 posted on 10/02/2006 11:00:52 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: middie
It gives us more information on their spectrum use and methodology than all of the tactical intelligence they relayed had value to the other side

Not if they sensibly used land lines, or even couriers, to pass on the "take" from the *listening* posts. They also could have used other "non broadcast" means for getting the information to Hzb'allah.

9 posted on 10/02/2006 11:02:50 PM PDT by El Gato
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To: SmithL

You mean they had a hand somehow in the "Civil War" that the US has mis-managed so badly?...with the help of that awful President GW Bush?.

Well, let's get our troops out of there immediately and stop all this useless loss of innocent lives.


10 posted on 10/02/2006 11:43:32 PM PDT by CBart95
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To: El Gato

Don't count on it


11 posted on 10/03/2006 8:53:28 AM PDT by middie
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12 posted on 10/03/2006 10:27:27 AM PDT by SJackson (The Pilgrims¬óDoing the jobs Native Americans wouldn't do!)
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