Skip to comments.US Embassy warns of terrorist attack, Thai police arrest Hezbollah suspect
Posted on 01/13/2012 8:07:43 AM PST by Individual Rights in NJ
"A Lebanese suspect from the Hezbollah group has been taken into custody by Thai officials and police are investigating further," Chalerm Yoobamrung told Reuters.
"Following concern raised by the Israeli embassy about a possible attack by a group of Lebanese terrorists in Bangkok, Thai police officials had been coordinating with Israeli officials since before the New Year."
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They’ll try to attack targets they believe are softer and less defended. Iran vowed yesterday to retaliate “outside the borders.” Everyone knows Hezbollah is an arm if Iran.
Hey! “Yoobamrung” is my middle name!
One of the funniest threads ever!
A friend called last night expressing sympathy on my BIL’s passing but said nothing about this so it’s very new. I will talk to him again tonight as he has been greatly concerned about Muslim terrorists. His daughter and SIL are teachers and had to move out of the South after the school they taught at was burned and they were threatened. It’s dangerous being a Buddhist there.
I’m sorry to hear that. I’ll pray for their safety!
I must have missed that one.
Before this, the deep South has been the only real area of concern and my friend and all of our family live in the North. Our house is in Chiang Mai and the Muslim community there is relatively small. I would guess that there are more Christians there than Muslims but the great majority are Buddhist.
Bangkok is a big concern because there are large Muslim communities both Thai and foreigners. It is a good time for us to be in USA for several months.
It was funny, and loooong. Maybe someone can find it. I can’t.
Was it as long as the famed stuned beeber thread?
I think he was just there on a little vacation with young boys...
Lebanese, eh? Druze, Marionite or Muslim?
A strong POTUS would hold Iran responsible for Hezbollah’s acts.
We need a steady drum beat of these stories in the media. Honor killings, school burnings, etc. all point not just to the barbarity of Islamists, but to the utter nihilism of the belief system sustaining them.
If it isn’t in the Koran...
Thailand has an active jihadist/Moslem insurgency, mainly low level terrorism (bombs, assassinations) and some attacks on the police/troops, mainly in the South. However, since there are Moslem communities throughout Thailand, they could be used by Hezbollah and others as sanctuaries, training centers, or recruiting grounds (such as happened with the Japanese Red Army being recruited by the German Baader-Meinhoff Gang to carry out operations in Israel).
Hamas, Hezbollah, Al Qaeda and even the Taliban recruit “affinity groups” and individuals outside their main operating sphere. It gives them more of an international “reach”, if only to make connections to other groups/potential allies.
HERE’S A SOURCE THAT’S BEEN KEEPING TRACK OF ISLAMIST ATTACKS on civil society...
The number is closing in on 18,300 SINCE 9/11.
No other group that I am aware of shows you... the world-wide-scope... of the the Islamist Jihad. We just need to keep sending the media, e-mail buddies, etc. to this site.
Keep in mind that all these attacks are achieve their goal of “MASTERSHIP OF THE WORLD”... see quote below.
(”Dr. Muhammad Badi, supreme leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, said: “The Brotherhood is getting closer to achieving its greatest goal as envisioned by its founder, Imam Hassan al-Banna. This will be accomplished by establishing a righteous and fair ruling system [based on ISLAMIC SHARIA], with all its institutions and associations, including a government evolving into a rightly guided caliphate AND MASTERSHIP OF THE WORLD...”)
Sorry, here’s the link:
A bit off topic...
A Look at Iran
“Hizballah Fundraising and Operations in the US and Latin America”
December 27, 2011
ADDING to post no. 19:
“Foreign Ministry to meet Bangkok terror suspect”
Sweden | 2012-01-14
SNIPPET: “A Lebanese citizen with a Swedish passport, was arrested on Friday at Bangkok International Airport on suspicion of terrorist plans. The Swedish Embassy in Bangkok is now on its way to meet and identify the terror suspect man.”
SNIPPET: “Thai authorities arrested the man, who is Lebanese citizens, after the U.S. embassy has issued a warning about a possible terrorist attack in the capital Bangkok.
The man, who is said to be linked to the Hezbollah movement,was arrested at the international airport and had a Swedish passport on him.”
SNIPPET: “Daily Expressen writes that the man is 47-year-old Hussein Atris, who for years lived in Gothenburg, western Sweden, before returning to Lebanon.”
“Bangkok threat: Terrorist’s Swedish connection
Thailand terror suspect married to Swede, believed to have used passport to aid Hezbollah”
Published: 01.15.12, 00:42 / Israel News
SNIPPET: “The suspect detained in Bangkok on suspicion of planning to blow up Israeli targets in Thailand has been identified as 47-year-old Hussein Atris, an Lebanese man holding a Swedish passport.
An examination of the passport, which was obtained by Ynet, revealed that Atris was born in southern Lebanon and married a Swedish woman in 1996. The marriage made him eligible for a Swedish passport, which he allegedly exploited for the benefit of Hezbollah’s terrorism apparatus.”
SNIPPET: “Meanwhile, Thai police were looking for Atris’ accomplice, who is believed to be in his 30s or 40s. Police in Bangkok published the suspect’s composite portrait, which bears great resemblance to Hezbollah operative Naim Haris. The latter’s photo was unusually published last year, by the Shin Bet, which at the time identified him as an operative in charge of recruiting Hezbollah agents worldwide.
Iran is believed to have prepared a broad infrastructure for recruiting agents in Thailand by setting up schools, cultural and religious facilities for the benefit of the country’s Muslim population.”
Was it the Israeli or the US embassy that warned them?
A Look at Iran
“IRGC plot in Bangkok suffers a setback”
(January 15, 2012
SNIPPET: “Calling this a ‘Hizballah plot’ just because the identified individuals are Lebanese fails to take into account the fact that Hizballah is a unit of the IRGC.”
A Look at Iran
15 January 2012, 13:28 #1
SNIPPET: “This is the 1997 German court ruling that found the Islamic Republic of Iran responsible for the assassination of four Iranian-Kurdish opposition figures at the Mykonos restaurant in Berlin, in 1992.”
SNIPPET: “Among those convicted was one Mohamed Atris, a relative of whom (Hussein Atris) has just been arrested in Thailand, where he and another Iranian agent were set to launch a series of terrorist attacks against Jewish targets.”
“Huge Cache of Bomb-Making Materials Found in Thailand
Fridays arrest of a Lebanese suspect in Thailand has led to the discovery of 400 boxes of bomb-making material. Travel warning in force.”
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 1/16/2012, 10:44 AM
SNIPPET: “Fridays arrest of a Lebanese suspect in Thailand has led to the discovery of 400 boxes of bomb-making material, and a severe travel warning posted by Israel and the United States remains in force. A second suspect has fled the country.
The intelligence information on the suspects was supplied by Israel, but a Thai intelligence officer previously said he did not understand why Israel suspected the men, who he said did not engage in any terrorist activity in the country.”
SNIPPET: “Thai police on Friday arrested a Lebanese man carrying a Swedish passport, who was linked with Hizbullah, the dominant political force in Lebanon that is financed in part by Iran.
The Lebanese suspect, Atris Hussein, told police where 10 pounds of urea and 10 gallons of liquid ammonium nitrate were being stored. Police said the material was for bombs for attacks outside of Thailand.”
ON THE INTERNET:
“Hizballah Poised to Strike in Southeast Asia”
By Matthew Levitt
January 18, 2012
SNIPPET: “New discoveries regarding Hizballah bombmaking in Thailand are no surprise given the group’s long history of terrorist operations in Southeast Asia.”
SNIPPET: “Hizballah activity in the region continued into the new millennium, though mirroring the group’s post-September 11 trend of focusing more on logistics than operations in order to stay out of the crosshairs of the global war on terrorism. Even during this period, Hizballah engaged in some operational activity, especially infiltrations into Israel by operatives from Europe and, in one case, Southeast Asia. And the operational hiatus ended in full with the February 2008 assassination of Mughniyah, who had continued to serve as the group’s external operations commander.
Therefore, it should come as no surprise today that Hizballah has the capacity to carry out attacks and engage in logistical support activities in Thailand and elsewhere in the region. Should the need arise, the group is ready to either set contingency operations in motion or procure and move explosives or other materials. With the anniversary of Mughniyah’s assassination just weeks away, U.S. and Israeli authorities are on high alert for the kinds of plots reportedly foiled in places as far afield as Thailand, Bulgaria, and Turkey. Hizballah first demonstrated its ability to operate in Thailand more than two decades ago and has maintained it ever since. What remains to be seen is whether last week’s arrest, like Pandu’s in 1999, will help authorities uncover the local Hizballah cell that Atris Hussein and his escaped accomplice were almost certainly overseeing.
Matthew Levitt is director of The Washington Institute’s Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence. This article draws on research conducted for his forthcoming book Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon’s “Party of God” (Georgetown University Press).”
Good job collecting those links. Thanks!
You’re welcome Piasa.
“Hezbollah suspect gets jail term”
SNIPPET: “The Criminal Court on Wednesday sent Lebanese-Swedish man Atris Hussein, believed to be linked to the Hezbollah militant group, to prison for two years and eight months after finding him guilty on charges of illegally possessing restricted chemical substances.”
Published: 18/09/2013 at 12:23 PM
Writer: Online Reporters
SNIPPET: “Hussein was arraigned in the Criminal Court on Feb 29 last year for violating the weapons control law after police seized nearly 2.8 tonnes of ammonium nitrate and urea-based fertiliser from houses he rented in Samut Sakhon on Jan 16, 2012.”