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A Mysterious “Hijacking”
FrontPage Magazine ^ | September 14, 2009 | Ryan Mauro

Posted on 09/14/2009 8:50:41 AM PDT by TDCAnalyst

Russia has retrieved its Arctic Sea shipping vessel that was hijacked and charged the offenders. The story doesn’t end there, though, as reports continue to surface alleging the “hijacking” were Israeli operatives sent to intercept missiles headed to Iran.. Other reports indicate the Russians staged their own hijacking after being notified of the ship’s contents by Israel. Regardless of who the hijackers were, they have thwarted a shipment of weapons that would have raised the stakes in the region for Israel and possibly even provoked military conflict.

On July 24, the Arctic Sea was hijacked by eight individuals while it was in the Baltic Sea, headed for Algeria carrying less than $2 million worth of timber. It was retrieved by the Russians on August 17 near Cape Verde. The authorities have released minimal information about the hijackers, except to say they are in custody and being charged with kidnapping and piracy. The crew members won’t talk, saying they were told by officials that doing so would compromise “state secrets.”

The attention surrounding the ship’s hijacking heightened after the Novaya Gazeta, a Russian newspaper that has had more than a handful of its journalists killed after investigating the misdeeds of officials, reported that the ship was transporting X-55 cruise missiles and the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system. The ship’s stop for “repairs” at Kaliningrad, the residence of a major Russian naval base that would house such missiles, may have provided a cover for such weaponry to be placed in a secret holding spot. The Iranians and Syrians have long talked about acquiring such arms, which present a severe threat to Israel...

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; Russia
KEYWORDS: 200907; 20090724; algeria; antiaircraftmissiles; arctic; arcticsea; armssmuggling; as15; balticsea; capeverde; cruisemissiles; hijacking; iran; israel; kaliningrad; kent; kh55; maritimesecurity; missiles; piracy; rkv500; russia; s300; sea; shipjacking; timber; x55

1 posted on 09/14/2009 8:50:41 AM PDT by TDCAnalyst
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To: TDCAnalyst

So now the missiles can trans-ship though Venezuela ...


2 posted on 09/14/2009 8:51:50 AM PDT by Tarpon (The Joker's plan -- Slavery by debt so large it can never be repaid...)
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To: TDCAnalyst
K55 Missiles are bad news for Israel. The Kh-55 (Russian: Х-55; NATO:AS-15 'Kent'; RKV-500;) is a Soviet/Russian air-launched cruise missile similar to the AGM-86 ALCM. Designed by MKB Raduga, it has a range of up to 3,000 km (1,620 nmi) and can carry conventional or nuclear warheads. It was to be launched exclusively from bomber aircraft.
3 posted on 09/14/2009 8:52:37 AM PDT by omega4179 (We must be the change.)
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To: TDCAnalyst

We also should be worrying about the transport of Russian missiles to Venezuela.


4 posted on 09/14/2009 8:54:32 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: TDCAnalyst
These cruise missles were likely intended for use by Iran in the Straights of Hormuz, who do not have a stand off attack capability against the USN.

Resident Obama should apologize to the Russians and the Iranians for having the USN there in the Gulf. Then we wouldn't have to worry about such weapons being smuggled from Russia.

5 posted on 09/14/2009 9:01:55 AM PDT by Candor7 (The effective weapons against Fascism are ridicule, derision, and truth (Member NRA)
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To: omega4179

Doesn’t the ability to carry nukes depend on the producer having a reliable warhead of reasonably small size? That is usually several generations of bomb design later than Iran might have.

Regardless: Good Job Israel!


6 posted on 09/14/2009 9:06:05 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Which was the lie, 0bummer: 47 or 30 million uninsured?)
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To: Uncle Miltie

yes but Israel cant take that chance if one is in the air.


7 posted on 09/14/2009 9:38:49 AM PDT by omega4179 (We must be the change.)
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To: Tarpon
"So now the missiles can trans-ship though Venezuela ..."

That assumes they aren't lying in an unmarked spot at 1,000 fathoms.

8 posted on 09/14/2009 10:05:43 AM PDT by cookcounty ("Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire." ---Yeats)
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To: TDCAnalyst

There are some huge international stories that are not being discussed in the MSM, and very little on the internet.

This story (recall that Netanyahu made a secret visit to Putin last week for a little balck belt encounter) is one.

Another is Obama using the Honduras constitution for toilet paper..

....and nobody says a thing.


9 posted on 09/14/2009 10:10:46 AM PDT by cookcounty ("Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire." ---Yeats)
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To: TDCAnalyst; Irisshlass; danamco; Fred Nerks; null and void; stockpirate; george76; PhilDragoo; ...
A Mysterious “Hijacking”

The Arctic Sea

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10 posted on 09/14/2009 12:33:59 PM PDT by LucyT
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Arctic Sea: Is Russia setting the Stage for a Nuclear Apocalypse?

http://homelandsecurityus.com/?p=3008

11 posted on 09/14/2009 12:34:42 PM PDT by LucyT
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To: All

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/2337432/posts?page=28#28


12 posted on 09/14/2009 2:34:48 PM PDT by LucyT
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