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COUNTERING TERRORISM: THE ISRAELI RESPONSE TO THE 1972 MUNICH OLYMPIC MASSACRE
FAS ^ | April 1995 | Alexander B. Calahan, Graduate Class, MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE

Posted on 10/02/2001 9:46:59 AM PDT by sanchmo

EXTRACT:

In 1972, the Israeli Mossad initiated one of the most ambitious covert counterterrorist campaigns in history. Golda Meir and the Israeli cabinet's top secret 'Committee-X' devised a campaign in retaliation for the massacre of eleven Israeli's during the Munich Olympic games. Black September's (BSO) assault on the Olympic Village apartments on September 5, 1972, set in motion a chain of events unparalleled in the history of terrorism and antiterrorism tactics. Eleven Israeli's died in the assault at Olympic village and the subsequent failed (West) German police rescue attempt at Germany's Furstenfeldbruck airfield. Outraged by intensifying PLO and BSO terrorist attacks on Israeli citizens, Prime Minister Golda Meir, with the support of her highest ranking cabinet officials, decided to take the war to the terrorists.

[For a detailed account of the Massacre at Munich, see the full paper at http://www.fas.org/irp/eprint/calahan.htm]

Golda Meir and Committee-X

The results of the failed rescue mission in Germany caused Israeli Premier Golda Meir great distress. The reluctance of German police to utilize experienced Israeli commandos in the rescue attempt also disappointed Meir. However, she publicly praised the West German police for taking aggressive action against the fedayeen in Munich and encouraged other countries to follow suit. Israel maintained then, and still does, that a 'no compromise' stance is the only viable solution in stemming terrorist aggression.

As a result of the Munich incident, in conjunction with growing BSO terrorist activities, Golda Meir developed a new counterterrorism policy. General Aharon Yariv accepted the new position of the Prime Minister's Advisor on Counterterrorism. Golda Meir, General Yariv, and Mossad Chief General Zwi Zamir also persuaded the Israeli Cabinet to form a top secret counterterrorist committee. Meir tasked the committee with devising an appropriate response to the Munich massacre. Golda Meir and Defense Minister Moshe Dayan chaired the special panel, known simply as "Committee-X." (According to Dan Raviv and Yossi Melman, authors of Every Spy a Prince, the journalist, Yoel Marcus, was the first to expose the activities of "Committee X" in Har'aretz on June 10, 1986.) The panel concluded that the most effective means to make a clear statement that Israel would not tolerate terrorist activity was to authorize the assassination of any Black September terrorists involved in the Munich incident. This directive included any individual identified as either directly or indirectly involved in the planning or the execution of the assault on the Israeli athletes in Munich.

Committee-X assigned the Mossad the task of implementing the panel's directive. The committee made it clear to the Mossad leadership that the objective was to kill the BSO members and create terror within the terrorists' organizations. It was not a mission devised to capture and/or prosecute suspects. Mossad Chief Zwi Zamir appointed senior agent Mike Harari to oversee the development of the special covert action teams. Harari worked in conjunction with a Mossad operations officer, Abraham Gehmer, who worked under official cover as the First Secretary of the Israeli Embassy in Paris. The Mossad established Paris as their regional base for European operations.

In order to implement the directive issued by Golda Meir's Committee X, Harari and his superiors chose an unusual but historic approach. Harari formed several assassination teams, each with specific mission parameters and methods of operation. The panel tightly compartmentalized the teams to the point that the teams were unaware of one another. The Mossad intended to succeed in achieving the panel's, and particularly Golda Meir's, objectives. In this respect they attacked the problem from varied angles, hoping to develop an interlocking information net which terrorist targets would be unable to avoid. If one method was ineffective or missed a lead, another team would probably fill the gap.

TThe Mossad headquarters element developed one team utilizing staff operations officers supported by recruited assets of regional stations and managed through standard Mossad headquarters' procedures; one of these is depicted in the "Lillehammer" case study. The second unit recruited staff officers and highly trained specialists and set them outside the arm and control of the government; this is the "Avner" group case study. The theory was to covertly support this team financially and let them operate with complete anonymity outside the government structure. Their only contact was with Harari, established through covert signals and then only on rare occasions. Harari provided the unit a list of target names and instructions for obtaining funds through covert accounts prior to deployment.

Lillehammer

The first case examines the details of the attempted assassination of Ali Hassan Salameh in Lillehammer on July 21, 1973. This operation resulted in the exposure of seven Israeli officers in a highly publicized media event. The operation was clearly a failure for a myriad of reasons. Harari was the controlling officer for the mission to assassinate BSO leader Ali Hassan Salameh, the primary architect of the Munich massacre, and the Mossad's number one target.

After a year of searching and following endless erroneous leads, the Mossad finally acquired confirmed intelligence placing Salameh in Lillehammer, Norway. General Zwi Zamir, the Mossad Chief, was monitoring the developments in Israel while Harari developed and deployed the assassination team. Harari selected five Mossad staff officers as the primary engagement unit for the operation.

On July 21, 1973, the Israeli assassination team shot and killed an innocent man closely resembling Salameh. Two members of the action team exited a Mazda and began firing into the man believed to be Salameh with Baretta .22 caliber pistols. The team dropped the Mazda at a predesignated point and transferred to a Peugeot rented from a Scandinavian rental company to transport them out of Lillehammer. The police observed the Peugeot with the assassination team on a road leading away from Lillehammer after receiving reports of the shooting. Unfortunately, Dan Arbel and Marrianne Gladnikoff used poor operational tradecraft and utilized the Peugeot a second time to travel to the airport 24 hours later. Airport personnel observed the vehicle and reported it to the police.

The police located the vehicle and immediately arrested both occupants. During the police interrogation, Gladnikoff provided the police a safe house address as her residence. She also broke down and reported that she was working for the Government of Israel. The French authorities recovered other incriminating evidence that allegedly linked the Israeli Government with other assassinations of PLO terrorists. A public trial of the six arrested Israeli team members exposed the details of the operation. Five team members were convicted for killing the waiter.

Avner

The second case examines an independent team organized by Mike Harari. Unless otherwise noted, the account of Avner's team was drawn from George Jonas' book, Vengeance (1984). The pseudonym "Avner" represents the unit team leader selected by Harari for the operation. Avner's unit consisted of five highly trained individuals with varied specialties. Each officer had some second and third language proficiencies. The different specialties included: devising alias documents, appropriating vehicles, improvised explosive devices (IED), small arms, electronics, business, banking, and operational security. The premise of the unit was total flexibility. Although each officer had specialized skills, each team member could essentially perform any task.

The design of the unit closely resembled United States Army special forces' units. The members formed a team without utilizing rank and formal military doctrine. It was absolutely essential that the unit operate informally while creating and implementing operational plans. Falling into formal military protocol during an operation could prove fatal. Avner did not want to limit his team's flexibility with a rigid chain of command. Also, Avner understood that as the unit chief, he could not afford to isolate himself from his team in an assignment of extended duration.

Harari explained that the philosophy of Avner's operation was to cut off the leaders from their organization. Because terrorist groups are "unlike military forces ... and have no life power of their own ... they must be supplied with everything they need for survival; money, weapons, papers, hideouts, training, and recruits." With their "lifeline severed, a whole network of them will disappear." The objective of the entire operation was to sever the leadership and throw the organization into chaos. Of course, the organizations could rebuild; however, this would require time. The Mossad hoped to identify the new leaders during that rebuilding process and seek further opportunities to neutralize that progress.

To sever any official ties with the Israeli Government, Avner's team resigned from their positions in the Mossad. With no formal contractual agreements, the resignations effectively terminated any further paper trails'. Due to the lack of open source conclusive evidence, absolute verification that all the team members actually served with the Mossad prior to this mission is not possible. Published materials have protected the identities of members of this team. However, their specialized skills, in concert with their understanding of covert operational tradecraft, would indicate intelligence association of some form. The selection of the team members was critical in matching personalities and specialties. Harari emphasized the critical aspect of the permanency of the unit. The unit would not substitute officers during the course of the operation. The unit would operate until the successful completion of the mission or until death or injuries rendered it inoperable. The concept was for the team to combine their specialties into a totally flexible lethal unit.

General Zwi Zamir provided the team with a list of priority targets, which included the following:
Ali Hassan Salameh - Developed and executed the assault on the Israeli athletes at Olympic Village;
Abu Daoud - Arrested in Germany, March 1973; confessed to his involvement in Munich; admitted member of the BSO, directed by Fatah leader Yassar;
Mohmoud Hamshari - PLO member and coordinator of Munich incident;
Wael Zwaiter (aka Abdel Wael Zuaiter) - Arafat's 2nd cousin, organizer of terrorism in Europe;
Dr. Basil Raoud al-Kubaisi (aka Bassel Rauf Kubeisy) - Coordinated logistics for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine;
Kamal Nasser - Official spokesman for the PLO;
Kemal Adwan - Chief of sabotage operations for Al Fatah in Israeli occupied territories;
Abu Yussuf (aka Mahmoud Yussuf Najjer) - High ranking PLO official;
Mohammed Boudia - Linked with European PLO;
Hussein Abad al-Chir - PLO contact with KGB in Cyprus;
Dr. Wadi Haddad - Chief terrorist linked with Dr. George Habash.

Prior to deployment, Harari brought the team together in Israel for a few days of "refresher courses" and in-depth briefings regarding the Mossad's current intelligence on each target. The Mossad also provided official passports for their initial deployment to Geneva, where they would set up their first temporary operational base. They would then lock away any personal items and official passports for the duration of the mission.

Harari provided the team with only two principle rules of engagement prior to their deployment. The Mossad's intent was to send a message with every assassination that PLO terrorists could not hide from Israel under any circumstances. He wanted the team to be imaginative and strike in creative ways. In this vein, the terrorists would know that they had been "touched." If the assassinations occurred while the terrorist leaders operated within their own security nets, it would send a clear message that they would never feel safe. The second principle was for the team to act with zero collateral risk. Harari made it clear that the unit was to ensure one hundred percent identification of the target before acting. Harari did not want his covert action unit to act with the same recklessness and disregard of innocents as the terrorists they were hunting. If the unit could not obtain absolute identification, they were to abort the mission and attempt the "hit" again at a later time. He emphasized that if the team killed only three terrorists, the mission is a success, although disappointing. However, if the unit killed all eleven on the list but also killed one innocent, the mission would be a failure. This was the entirety of the team's headquarters' guidance regarding operations and rules of engagement. Ironically, these precepts were set almost a year prior to the failed Lillehammer incident which was coordinated by Harari.

The first order of business in Geneva was to determine "hard" and "soft" targets. Hard targets represented individuals who might be utilizing security teams, disguises, and varied routines, and/or carrying weapons. Hard targets operate at a higher clandestine sophistication level and are generally alert to sting operations and surveillance. To protect themselves, they utilize covert 'tradecraft' and change their schedules frequently. Soft targets are the individuals who do not hide their sympathies to the Palestinian cause and lived routine open lifestyles. Their daily activities were predictable and did not include security measures. These targets only operated in a clandestine capacity part time. Soft targets were more accessible and required much less effort in acquiring positive identification.

The team's first operational priority was to acquire recent accurate information on the movements of the targets on the list. Without solid leads to begin their operation, Avner decided to disperse the team throughout Europe. Each individual targeted regions with which he was familiar and had established contacts. Each member would expand the network of contacts in his region and develop "sources" of reliable information to support the mission. It was necessary to create a foundation from which to operate. This included target intelligence, weapons, documents and support personnel.

In the early stages, Avner developed a source who was trying to make his way into the higher echelon of the Baader-Meinhof Red Army Faction. He believed that introducing Avner's readily available cash flow to the group might increase his own value. Avner's source assumed Avner and his partners had embezzled a great deal of money and were possibly funding a small independent terrorist unit. Even if this were the case, he did not inquire further because the Baader-Meinhof Organization was always seeking new sources of hard currency to fund their activities. The source believed if he could produce substantial ready cash from Avner, it would elevate his status within the organization. As a result, the Baader-Meinhof organization provided basic preliminary logistical support for Avner's early operations, while allowing him the opportunity to begin establishing his underground identity and bona-fides. In order to operate effectively and obtain peripheral support, Avner had to establish an effective cover which would withstand close scrutiny. This required having key individuals and/or organizations vouch for his authenticity; Baader-Meinhof provided the foundation for Avner's acceptance in the underground terrorist networks. Avner's team utilized the Baader-Meinhof association in the early stages of the mission to cultivate a working network of sources.

The team reconvened in Geneva to consolidate their information. After careful analysis, they selected Wael Zwaiter as their first target. The group determined that Zwaiter was a soft target, living and operating in Rome. The squad traveled separately to Italy and rendezvoused in Ostia, an area a few miles outside Rome where they secured sleeping quarters at three different sites. The weapons specialist made arrangements to have five Baretta .22 caliber, semi-automatic pistols with extra ammunition and magazines transported into Italy through his own established network of arms' suppliers. The Baader-Meinhof group provided Avner with personnel for operational support and target surveillance. The support assets reported all Zwaiter's movements and daily routine. These assets were unaware of the actual mission and would not be present during the actual hit.

On October 16, 1972, a vehicle driven by a support team member delivered Avner and one additional "shooter" to the vicinity of Zwaiter's apartment complex and exited the area. A third action member occupied the passenger seat of a vehicle operated by a female support asset, also in close proximity. The female was responsible for signaling the group of Zwaiter's approach. As an advance team approached the area, the female's passenger would exit the vehicle and she would drive away from the site, signaling the team that the target was approaching and the operation was a "go."

The female said good-bye to her passenger and drove away as the team moved into their rehearsed positions. Another couple from the support team advanced Zwaiter's movements by approximately one minute. A blond female ran to join the advance couple and they strolled away from the apartment complex; the final signal that Zwaiter was approaching alone. The two shooters entered the complex ahead of the target to set themselves in position in the lobby. Avner had conducted an advance (recon) earlier to familiarize himself with the interior of the lobby and develop contingency plans. As expected, Zwaiter stopped for a few minutes at a tavern across from the apartment complex to make a phone call. The surveillance team had learned that the local phone company had disconnected Zwaiter's phone service for lack of payment. Surveillance reports also indicated that Zwaiter would routinely stop at the tavern enroute to his apartment to make phone calls.

After completing his call, Zwaiter continued towards his apartment on schedule. The lobby was dimly lit and, as Zwaiter entered, Avner switched on additional lights to positively identify his target. As Zwaiter looked up from something held in his hands, a bit confused at the light, the second shooter asked the target if he was Wael Zwaiter. With positive identification established, the two commandos quickly drew their weapons and shot fourteen rounds (custom designed .22 caliber bullets) into Zwaiter. The two exited through the main lobby entrance where two teammates were waiting in a vehicle to transport them from the area. The fifth unit member's job was about to begin. He was the security man who would go back into the scene and "sweep" it for any incriminating evidence accidentally left behind by anyone involved in the action. The team drove to a predesignated area and transferred to a van operated by another support asset who transported the unit to a safe house. The team had successfully accomplished their first mission. The cost to the Mossad for the operation was approximately $350,000 dollars.

Following the Zwaiter operation in Rome, Avner's Baader-Meinhof contact introduced him a new source of information in Paris. Avner's team had established itself as a bona-fide mercenary group buying and selling information on terrorists. Their access to quick large sums of cash opened doors with few questions asked. Following their first operation, Avner secured an introduction to "Louis," a member of a free lance information organization known only as "Le Group." Papa, Louis' father, was a former member of the French Resistance during World War II and the originator of Le Group. The organization essentially grew out of the French Resistance, and was predicated on the premise that there would always be a demand for services and material for various groups seeking the means to further their cause. Papa devised a "private" underground intelligence service which provided information, weapons, documents, clothing, surveillance teams, vehicles, safe houses, etc., to individuals seeking such services with extreme discretion and few questions asked. The primary condition for the services of Le Group was hard currency. Papa's only restriction was that he would not provide services to an official government entity. He felt governments were simply too "treacherous and unscrupulous ... and riddled with politics."

Le Group provided the information required by Avner's team for their next selected target, Mahmoud Hamshari. Avner wanted a more spectacular means for this "hit" to encapsulate Harari's directive of shaking up the terrorist with their "reach." Le Group deployed a surveillance team which reported on Hamshari's routine. One team member acting as an Italian Journalist contacted Hamshari via telephone and suggested a meeting for an interview. After Hamshari acknowledged his interest in such a meeting, the caller advised him that he would be contacted in several days to make the appropriate arrangements. This was a ploy to have Hamshari positively identify himself on the phone. The action team planned to wire the base of the telephone with explosives which they would initiate through a remote triggering device.

Avner and his unit went through their routine of running rehearsals, advances, and signals prior to the operation. Everything was in place on December 8, 1972. Hamshari sat alone in his apartment awaiting the phone call from the Italian journalist. The team received their "go" signal and the explosives' specialist detonated the explosives. The unit was successful again.

Le Group would provide all the necessary support to Avner's team for the next four independent missions; Abad al-Chir, Basil al-Kubaisi, Zaid Muchassi, and Mohammed Boudia. The specific details of each operation are not required for the purposes of this paper, only that each was conducted methodically and was successful without compromise to the team. Although not on the original list, Muchassi was Abad al-Chir's replacement as the PLO contact with the Soviet Union's KGB. After receiving reliable information on Muchassi from Le Group, Avner's team made a unilateral decision to include him in their mission. The team decided that if Abad al-Chir had been selected as a target, it was reasonable to believe that his replacement was also a viable target. The Mossad always taught its officers to use initiative and make reasonable decisions in the field. Avner's team had acquired the information required for an operation targeting Muchassi and had the opportunity and the means. Unfortunately, during this operation, Avner's team encountered Muchassi's KGB contact officer in a vehicle blocking the path of their escape. The team shot and killed the KGB officer after observing him reach for a weapon under his jacket.

In March 1973, Harari contacted Avner's unit regarding a change in procedure. Harari was aware that Avner and his unit had acquired significant success in obtaining intelligence on PLO terrorists. Harari's had received intelligence that three targets on the original list were meeting in Beirut. He advised Avner that Mahmoud Yussuf Najjer, Kamal Nasser, and Kemal Adwan were no longer on his target list. Harari wanted Avner's team to provide their intelligence and sources to him in support of a Mossad directed military action in Beirut. The military action would include the killing of the three terrorists as well as other objectives within a single orchestrated operation.

Avner was extremely tentative about turning over Le Group to the Mossad, especially after Papa had made it clear that he would not support organized government operations. Avner was extremely concerned about losing Le Group's services, as well as jeopardizing the security of his unit. He informed Harari that he would not divulge his sources. Avner and Harari designed a compromise to protect Le Group yet utilize their service to perform the advance, surveillance and intelligence for the operation. The Mossad, in conjunction with the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), would perform the actual mission.

In April 1973, forty Israeli commandos conducted a covert amphibious landing on a Beirut beach setting in motion an ambitious mission to strike at multiple targets and deliver a decisive blow against the PLO. The operation succeeded in killing Adwan, Najjer, and Nasser, as well as approximately one hundred PLO Guerrillas. However, it also included two innocent casualties: Najjer's wife and one neighbor. Najjer's wife had moved in front of Najjer in an attempt to shield him from fire. During the commotion, the neighbor opened her door out of curiosity and was killed by Israeli commandos. The Israeli's reported one dead and three wounded during the assault. The overall mission was a tremendous success.

In late 1973, Avner's team learned of the Salameh incident in Lillehammer and realized for the first time that Harari was using other teams to target the same PLO terrorists as his list. Harari never disclosed to the unit that any other teams, whether controlled through Mossad headquarters or independent, were also involved in the same mission.

In January 1974, Avner's unit received information of Salameh's presence in Sargans, near Liechtenstein, Switzerland. Salameh was reportedly going to meet other PLO leaders in a church on January 12, 1974. After contemplating a number of alternative plans, they concluded that an attack inside the church was the most feasible. Avner and his partner entered the dark church and encountered three armed Arabs. As one young Arab reached for a pistol, Avner and his partner quickly reacted by shooting the three men. They continued down the church stairs toward the basement where they encountered three very startled and obviously frightened priests. A third team member then watched the priests as the two primary shooters went back up the stairs to continue the search for Salameh. As the mission unraveled, Avner made the decision to abort the operation and move to the escape phase. This was the first failure of the unit and included the possible deaths of three Arabs not on their list. Avner's team was distressed over the engagement with the three guards, however, the unit felt justified in their actions in that the Arabs' were clearly combatants, not innocents. This second attempt on Salameh had failed, but, Avner's team avoided compromise or arrest.

As the mission continued, in May 1974, the team found themselves in London, England. Avner was attempting contact with a source with possible information regarding Salameh. His source never made the prearranged meeting. Avner felt uncomfortable about the aborted meeting, and also mentioned to the group that he believed he was under surveillance. He related his concern that the British authorities may have discovered their presence in the capital and were conducting surveillance operations against the team. Only three team members were in London, where they had hoped to conclude their business in three to four days then meet the other two back in Frankfurt. Avner and one partner were staying at the Europa Hotel. One evening after dinner, Avner decided to spend some leisure time in the Etruscan Bar. A very attractive blond woman enticed Avner into a conversation for a short time at the bar. As Avner left the woman and the bar enroute to his room, he passed his partner heading to the bar for a drink. After a short time, Avner went back to the bar to socialize with his partner but observed that both he and the woman had departed.

Avner and his teammate had separate bedrooms which shared a common foyer. As Avner went into his room he noticed the same strong perfume of the woman at the bar and heard the sound of a female laughing in his partner's room. The next morning Avner's partner failed to arrive for breakfast. Concerned, Avner went to his partner's room to check on his welfare. After receiving no response to his knocks on the door, Avner entered the room. He found his partner dead, lying naked on the bed with a bullet wound to the chest. Avner contacted Le Group, which handled all the details of sanitizing the room and disposing of the body. Avner also asked Le Group to provide him any information they could obtain regarding the woman's identity.

After arriving in Frankfurt, Avner provided the details of the death to the other team members. After reviewing the information provided by Le Group, the team uniformly agreed to track and assassinate the responsible woman. Although this was a clear disregard of their mission parameters, the emotional impact of the incident pushed them to pursue the woman. Le Group had determined that the woman was a free lance assassin whom Avner had positively identified through photographs obtained by Le Group. Her services were available to any one willing to meet her fees. The woman resided in Hoorn, just outside Amsterdam. On August 21, 1974, the team conducted a mission to assassinate the woman in the same fashion as their previous operations. As the assassination team approached her, the woman instinctively reached for a weapon. The team subsequently shot and killed her. There was no information available as to who had contracted her services for the hit on Avner's team. Mr. Jonas reported that Avner was severely reprimanded for acting unilaterally in assassinating the woman. This was clearly outside the parameters initially established by Harari for team operations.

On September 14, 1974, another team member was killed while making contact with a source associated with his Belgium weapons connection. Again, Le Group provided all the necessary services to dispose of the body. Avner had been asked numerous times if he thought Le Group had betrayed the unit and provided other interest's information regarding Avner's team. Avner maintains his position that Le Group never betrayed the team. Mr. Jonas commented that he questioned Avner specifically on this issue. According to Mr. Jonas, Avner clearly understood Le Group's business philosophy that hard currency buys services. However, Avner believed Papa was loyal to him in that there were many opportunities throughout their relationship where Papa could have betrayed the team and did not.

Harari directed the team to abandon the mission after the second death in the team. Avner and the team made the decision not to acknowledge Harari's message and try one more time for Salameh in Tarifa, along the Gibraltar Atlantic coast. Salameh was reportedly in a house "on top of some low cliffs lining the beach." On October 10, 1974, Avner's remaining team of three attempted their last operation. They chose a commando style infiltration to gain access to the house. During the infiltration phase, the team encountered an Arab security man with a Kalashnikov assault rifle and subsequently killed him. Again, the plan was unraveling and Avner aborted the operation. This was the end of their two year quest to hunt PLO terrorists.

Avner's team had deployed almost two years earlier with a list of eleven PLO terrorists. Throughout this period his team succeeded in terminating eight of the original eleven and one replacement PLO leader outside the list. The collateral damage assessment included: one KGB officer, four PLO security men, one free lance assassin, and two team members.


TEAM AVNER INDEPENDENT 5 MEMBERS AVNER INDEPENDENT 5 MEMBERS AVNER INDEPENDENT 5 MEMBERS AVNER INDEPENDENT 5 MEMBERS
TARGET HARD/SOFT WAEL ZWAITER SOFT TARGET MAH. HAMSHARI SOFT TARGET Abad al-Chir HARD TARGET BASIL AL-KUBAISI SOFT TARGET
DATE OCT. 16, 1972 DEC. 8, 1972 JAN. 24, 1973 APRIL 6, 1973
LOCATION ROME , ITALY ZWAITER'S APT. PARIS, FRANCE HAMSHARI'S APT. NICOSIA, CYPRUS HOTEL OLYMPIC PARIS, FRANCE STREET
METHOD BERETTA .22 CAL PISTOLS IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE IN TELEPHONE IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE UNDER BED BERETTA .22 CAL PISTOLS
SUPPORT BAADER-MEINHOF LE-GROUP LE-GROUP LE-GROUP
SUCCESSFUL YES YES YES YES
ARRESTS NONE NONE NONE NONE
COLLATERAL DAMAGE NONE NONE NONE NONE
TEAM AVNER INDEPENDENT 5 MEMBERS AVNER INDEPENDENT 5 MEMBERS AVNER INDEPENDENT 5 MEMBERS AVNER INDEPENDENT 4 MEMBERS; 1 MEMBER KILLED PRIOR TO ACTION
TARGET HARD/SOFT ZIAD MUCHASSI MOH. BOUDIA SOFT TARGET ALI SALAMEH HARD TARGET FEMALE, FREE LANCE ASSASSIN HARD TARGET
DATE APRIL 12, 1973 JUNE 28, 1973 JAN. 12, 1974 AUG. 21, 1974
LOCATION ATHENS, GREECE HOTEL ARISTIDES PARIS, FRANCE RUE DES FOSSES SAINT-BERNARD. (STREET) SARGANS, SWITZ. CHURCH HOORN, NETHERLANDS; BOAT
METHOD IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE IN BEDROOM IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE IN VEHICLE BERETTA .22 CAL PISTOLS IMPROVISED .22 CAL. PISTOLS
SUPPORT LE-GROUP LE-GROUP LE-GROUP LE-GROUP
SUCCESSFUL YES YES NO YES
ARRESTS NONE NONE NONE NONE
COLLATERAL DAMAGE 1 KGB OFFICER, KILLED BY THE TEAM DURING THE ESCAPE PHASE NONE 3 ARAB SECURITY MEN WERE POSSIBLY KILLED; ALL WERE SHOT BUT KILLS WERE NOT CONFIRMED. NONE
COMMENT NOT ON AVNER'S ORIGINAL LIST; TEAM DECISION TO ASSASSINATE NOT ON AVNER'S ORIGINAL LIST; TEAM DECISION TO ASSASSINATE
TEAM AVNER INDEPENDENT 3 MEMBERS; 1 MEMBER KILLED PRIOR TO ACTION MOSSAD HQ STAFF TEAM MOSSAD-IDF
TARGET HARD/SOFT ALI SALAMEH HARD TARGET ALI SALAMEH HARD TARGET KAMAL NASSER MAH. NAJJER KEMAL ADWAN
DATE NOV. 11, 1974 DEC. 8, 1972 APRIL 9, 1973
LOCATION TARIFA, ANDALUSIA; ISOLATED BEACH HOUSE LILLEHAMMER, NORWAY; STREET BEIRUT, LEBANON COVERT AMPHIB COMMANDO RAID
METHOD UZI SUB-MACHINE GUNS BERETTA .22 CAL PISTOLS SUB-MACHINE GUNS, PISTOLS
SUPPORT LE-GROUP MOSSAD INTEL LE-GROUP, MOSSAD INTEL
SUCCESSFUL NO NO YES
ARRESTS NONE SIX NONE
COLLATERAL DAMAGE 1 ARAB SECURITY MAN VICTIM WAS WRONG TARGET NAJJER'S WIFE NEIGHBOR
COMMENT: 100 PLO GUERILLAS
THIS IS AN OFFICIAL DOCUMENT OF THE MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE. QUOTATION FROM, ABSTRACTION FROM, OR REPRODUCTION OF ALL OR ANY PART OF THIS DOCUMENT IS PERMITTED PROVIDED PROPER ACKNOWLEDGMENT IS MADE, INCLUDING THE AUTHOR'S NAME, PAPER TITLE, AND THE STATEMENT: "WRITTEN IN FULFILLMENT OF A REQUIREMENT FOR THE MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE."

THE OPINIONS AND CONCLUSIONS EXPRESSED HEREIN ARE THOSE OF THE INDIVIDUAL STUDENT AUTHOR AND DO NOT NECESSARILY REPRESENT THE VIEWS OF EITHER THE MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE OR ANY OTHER GOVERNMENTAL AGENCY.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous
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From the Executive Summary:
Recommendations: Although there are inherent differences between Israeli and U.S. policies, specifically those addressing the use of assassination as a political tool, important lessons may be gleaned from this study for policy makers. Planners of sensitive covert operations must have a firm understanding of bureaucratic processes. Government bureaucracies inherently limit the degree of operational success by the nature of their systems. Bureaucracies cannot move effectively beyond a predetermined operational tempo, and impose fatal restraints regarding operational tradecraft and tactics. Successful covert operations demand a flexible capability with full decentralized authority enabling officers to initiate actions as circumstances dictate, enhancing the operational success-failure ratio. When operational teams incorporate decentralized authority in concert with good tradecraft and tactical techniques, success is virtually assured. Government agencies are capable of conducting decentralized, sensitive operations with reasonable operational control and an expectation of success.
1 posted on 10/02/2001 9:47:00 AM PDT by sanchmo
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To: walden; Hugh Akston ;Travis McGee; eureka!; Squantos; Bryan
long but inspiring reading
2 posted on 10/02/2001 9:51:55 AM PDT by sanchmo
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To: Luis Gonzalez; pittsburgh gop guy
long but inspiring reading
3 posted on 10/02/2001 9:53:21 AM PDT by sanchmo
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To: sanchmo; Common Tator
Interesting. Very interesting. I do hope that W is not abject to such wet work--or there are others that are similarly inclined. There must be new rules of engagement to match the butchers. Thanks for the flag sanchmo.

CT--you mentioned a day or so ago the "war" being fought with surrogates and out of the limelight. Thought you'd find this interesting too...

4 posted on 10/02/2001 10:00:08 AM PDT by eureka!
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To: Lazmataz, dead, AppyPappy
FYI
5 posted on 10/02/2001 10:01:33 AM PDT by eureka!
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To: sanchmo
thanks for posting.
6 posted on 10/02/2001 10:04:25 AM PDT by d4now
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To: eureka!
When Israel was fighting for its very life, the Mossad was a formidable tool. I'm not so sure they can match that record today with the liberal nature of Israeli politicians.
7 posted on 10/02/2001 10:05:57 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: sanchmo
One thing to consider is that the "Black September" organization was formed in memory of the war in which King Hussein kicked the PLO out of Jordan in September, 1970.

Yet, the Black September organization went after Israelis, not Jordanians, at the Munich Olympics in 1972.

Clearly they hate Jews more than they hate those who kill and kick them out of their own country at gunpoint.

8 posted on 10/02/2001 10:18:19 AM PDT by Southack
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To: AppyPappy
I fear the same analysis can be applied to America after 8 years of Clinton and the presshole enablers. W and conservatives have their work cut out for them. In the end, we'll be much closer to where we were, IMHO...
9 posted on 10/02/2001 10:18:46 AM PDT by eureka!
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To: sanchmo
Getting him was difficult but at the end you can add Salameh to the success list.
10 posted on 10/02/2001 10:19:49 AM PDT by Sabramerican
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To: eureka!
I hope this is the kind of stuff referred to by W as the part of the war we won't hear about on the news.
11 posted on 10/02/2001 10:24:17 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte
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To: Southack
The PLO, with Syrian connivance, tried hijacking Jordan. They failed, and were made to pay for their treachery.
12 posted on 10/02/2001 10:27:09 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: Sans-Culotte
My point exactly. Here's hoping with you...
13 posted on 10/02/2001 10:27:09 AM PDT by eureka!
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To: sanchmo
Hmmmmmmmmm...
14 posted on 10/02/2001 10:37:38 AM PDT by Jefferson Adams
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To: sanchmo
Secret agents with a "license to kill". What an idea.

Berreta, Walther PPK, whatever works.

15 posted on 10/02/2001 10:49:46 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: sanchmo
Very interesting
16 posted on 10/02/2001 11:02:28 AM PDT by jodorowsky
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To: sanchmo
Very interesting
17 posted on 10/02/2001 11:02:31 AM PDT by jodorowsky
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To: rdavis84; Wallaby
bump
18 posted on 10/02/2001 11:05:14 AM PDT by thinden
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To: sanchmo
bump
19 posted on 10/02/2001 11:11:38 AM PDT by TheOtherOne
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To: sanchmo
bump
20 posted on 10/02/2001 11:11:40 AM PDT by TheOtherOne
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To: sanchmo
bump for later
21 posted on 10/02/2001 11:27:26 AM PDT by fnord
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To: Sabramerican
"Getting him was difficult but at the end you can add Salameh to the success list."

What happened to him? I loved reading this post! Reminds me of a book I read about some Jews in Europe after WWII that tracked down a BUNCH of nazis and dispatched them, sometimes right on their own front stoop!

They even went so far as to infiltrate the bakers who supplied bread to a particular POW camp, and went to great lengths to insure that they killed ONLY nazis. They poisoned several hundred of them, without killing any innocent people. Wish I remembered the name of the book!

We could learn a lot from Israel, and 9/11 will hopefully demonstrate that we are facing the same scum they've been fighting since WWII. It's our war too, let's roll!

22 posted on 10/02/2001 11:35:16 AM PDT by Bill Rice
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To: Bill Rice; Sabramerican
Getting him was difficult but at the end you can add Salameh to the success list

The only other thing I could find online was from Biography.com, about Ehud Barak. Even though I don't agree with his political views of the 1990's, he was one hell of a good commado. From Ehud Barak on Biography.com:

There were several outstanding incidents that built Barak’s formidable reputation. In 1972, Palestinian terrorists hijacked a Sabena airplane at an airport outside Tel Aviv and threatened to blow it up. Barak led a team that stormed the jet, killing two of the hijackers, taking the others captive, and saving all but one of the 99 passengers. His future political rival, Benjamin Netanyahu, served under his command during this mission.

A year later, Barak led one of five teams formed in order to hunt down those involved with an attack by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) that killed 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany. Barak and another man reportedly dressed as women in order to pose as couples along with two other military colleagues and enter Beirut, Lebanon, where PLO headquarters were located. Barak and his fellow commandos killed three PLO leaders and blew up a building where other Palestinian fighters were housed.

Finally, in 1976, Barak served as the mastermind behind the legendary commando raid that rescued more than 100 Israeli airline passengers held hostage by hijackers at Entebbe, Uganda.

Regardless of his record in the 90s, he had an awesome streak in the 70s !!

23 posted on 10/02/2001 11:45:16 AM PDT by sanchmo
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To: Bill Rice
He married Miss Lebanon. One day in Beirut he went for a drive. There was an explosion.
24 posted on 10/02/2001 11:48:29 AM PDT by Sabramerican
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To: sanchmo
Thanks, interesting article. Reminds me of "The Spy Who Came in From the Cold". Intelligence is a dirty business, in if we allow it to include asassination (as I think we must), it's really dirty-- but essential. I think the re-vamped CIA has lots to learn from the Israelis.
26 posted on 10/02/2001 12:02:57 PM PDT by walden
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To: Bill Rice; Sabramerican
From the Jewish Virtual Library:

According to George Jonas in Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team, eight of the 11 men targeted for death were killed. Of the remaining three, one died of natural causes and the other two were assassinated, but it is not known for sure if they were killed by Israeli agents. Meanwhile, the mastermind of the massacre remains at large. In fact, in 1999, Abu Daoud admitted his role in his autobiography, Memoirs of a Palestinian Terrorist. He claims his commandos never intended to harm the athletes and blamed their deaths on the German police and the stubbornness of then-Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir (JTA, May 4, 1999).

The definite books to get with more details are:
George Jonas - Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team
Simon Reeve - One Day in September

27 posted on 10/02/2001 12:07:08 PM PDT by sanchmo
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To: eureka!
bttt
28 posted on 10/02/2001 12:15:24 PM PDT by tom paine 2
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To: Turan
He didn't say that Muslims are scum.
29 posted on 10/02/2001 12:22:28 PM PDT by l33t
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To: sanchmo
Spectacular post, sanchmo...thanks for taking the time and trouble.
30 posted on 10/02/2001 1:03:46 PM PDT by StealthChild
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To: Turan
The reason Americans don't trust Muslims is the threatening tone of your reply, and the fact that you have such a chip on your shoulder that you misread Bill Rice's post. Since you just joined FR TODAY, I am assuming you wish to, in some way, defend Islamics from being misunderstood by the rest of us. A very poor attempt.
31 posted on 10/02/2001 1:15:37 PM PDT by Misterioso
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To: Turan
...you say scum to muslims...I was talking about the terrorists.

I'm glad Turkey is with us on this. I hope we will be helping you eliminate the PKK. They were backed by Clinton, the stupidist and worst president we've ever had.

As for the 50,000 people you claim the Mossad has killed - Name them!

BTW - What's Turkey's beef with Israel? Why doesn't Turkey take in some of the displaced palistinians?

32 posted on 10/02/2001 2:27:14 PM PDT by Bill Rice
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To: Bill Rice
BTTT
33 posted on 10/02/2001 2:46:14 PM PDT by rboatman
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To: sanchmo,harpseal,Squantos,gonzo,SLB,SevenDaysInMay
This is the route we should take, times 100.
34 posted on 10/02/2001 4:08:46 PM PDT by Travis McGee
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To: Travis McGee; squantos; harpseal
We will never learn, even from "pros" such as this.
35 posted on 10/03/2001 4:15:52 AM PDT by SLB
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To: Travis McGee;sanchmo;Squantos;gonzo;SLB;SevenDaysInMay
This is the route we should take, times 100.

If we do not take this route the corpses that result will make what we have to deal with at present seem minor.

Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown

36 posted on 10/03/2001 5:13:05 AM PDT by harpseal
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To: harpseal
Times 1000 bump...
37 posted on 10/03/2001 7:02:23 AM PDT by eureka!
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To: harpseal
I am sure the Israelis and others have offered this wisdom to Bush, I hope he has the stomach to order it.
38 posted on 10/03/2001 8:57:44 AM PDT by Travis McGee
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To: Turan,snopercod
In reference to your Reply 25, above.

You speak the truth about the events and the support by Turks for Americans.

Friends of my father, had the opportunity to support Turks. But I have not.

Still, I have not forgotten the difficulties which Turks face, balancing east and west.

You are in, in my humble opinion, a very tough spot.

When you discuss who is a Muslim, and what is Islam, you will find that you need to be very forthcoming. Write not only of what the Koran and related writings say about peace, but also of what is in such works, about slaughter.

You are not going to be able to "safely" make your peace, here at Free Republic, without addressing what is wrong --- which has been the fodder for terrorists in the Middle-East --- about Islam.

You are a follower of what is good in it; I'll take you at your word. But you cannot avoid in discussion, what is potentially very deadly about it, if you intend to help us understand.

A friend of mine, a neighbor, is from Turkey. She's a pretty slick babe, in my book. She's different than American women, in some respects. But also, she's so American in others, I tease her about, how she could easily convince many Americans that she might actually been born in the U.S.A.

She does not seem to know much of the military relationship between Turkey and the U.S., as you have written about, above. In addition, I find that she is often amazed at little discoveries she makes, about life in the heartland of the U.S. That seems odd to me, because in most respects, she "fits right in." It is difficult for me to see how "foreign" some things are here, when in contrast, she talks as though she grew up right down the street.

But back to you, your religion, and Turkey ...

Long ago, in high school, I made a study of Turkey and found in my limited search, that the country is uniquely independent.

I think it too bad, tragic, that other states east and south of Turkey, are not so uniquely independent.

There are features of the other states' cultures, which I suspect are really at the heart of making Islam a terrorist weapon.

I've found that people --- for the most part --- from Turkey, will use their heads. Whereas people from the other states, are easily made subjects, subserviant, to the will of either a state and / or Islamic "leader."

Sometimes we hear that once upon a time, the Muslims of the MIddle-East were advance beyond the west's state of affairs.

But in fact, much of that "advancement," was the work of Turks, who, again in my humble opinion, have been independent thinkers.

Which independence has permitted the study of life beyond the covers of the Koran.

Meaning, that I have found that in the other states of the Middle-East, a good education is really at odds with the "keep - your - head - in - the - Koran - 'guidance'" of such states' "leaders."

To wit:  The Koran and such, should not be used as a lever of power over people. Which, if it is used so, is where "Islam" [instead of Islam] does the real damage.

Take care.

39 posted on 10/04/2001 1:26:37 PM PDT by First_Salute
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To: Turan
Bill Rice, in his Reply 22, above, did not refer to Muslims as scum.

He was referring to fascists.

40 posted on 10/04/2001 1:30:57 PM PDT by First_Salute
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BTTT.
41 posted on 03/03/2003 7:17:50 PM PST by NittanyLion
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