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  • Bombing the Syrian Reactor: The Untold Story

    02/23/2013 8:09:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 60 replies
    Commentary ^ | February 2013 | Elliott Abrams
    As the civil war in Syria enters its third year, there is much discussion of the regime’s chemical weapons and whether Syria’s Bashar al-Assad will unleash them against Syrian rebels, or whether a power vacuum after Assad’s fall might make those horrific tools available to the highest bidder. The conversation centers on Syria’s chemical weaponry, not on something vastly more serious: its nuclear weaponry. It well might have. This is the inside story of why it does not. Relations between the United States and Israel had grown rocky after Israel’s incursion into Lebanon in 2006, for Secretary of State Condoleezza...
  • Barak: Dagan's comments on Iran hurt Israel's ability of deterrence

    06/09/2011 9:12:47 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 06/06/11
    Barak: Dagan's comments on Iran hurt Israel's ability of deterrence The defense minister criticized former Mossad cheif Meir Dagan for saying that a military strike on Iran would be a 'stupid thing.' Defense Minister Ehud Brak criticized on Monday comments made by Israel's ex-Mossad chief, who said a military strike on Iran would be a "stupid thing." Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan's comments "hurt Israel's ability to deter" Barak said during an interview with Israel Radio. "Any ability to disperse the ambiguousness surrounding the issue of Iran" hurts Israel's standing against Iran, the defense minister said. Barak said that the...
  • Head of Mossad Ousted

    06/26/2010 11:44:42 AM PDT · by marioinohio · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 26, 2010 | Yonat Friling
    Israeli top spy, Meir Dagan, is stepping down. According to local TV station Channel 2, Dagan, who was appointed as head of Mossad in 2002, requested to continue another year in the role, but was refused by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Sources tell Fox News that the main reason for Netanyahus decision is the international criticism following the January assassination of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai, which was widely believed to be carried out by Mossad agents using forged foreign passports. Israel never responded to the allegations made by Dubai Police regarding the case. According to the report, Dagan...
  • Was Israeli 'Dagger' Unit Behind Hamas Hit?

    02/19/2010 2:51:40 PM PST · by hennie pennie · 20 replies · 627+ views
    ABCnews.com ^ | February 19, 2010 | ABC news staff
    ABCNews -- .....One Israeli columnist and authority on Israel's intelligence organizations says that all of Mossad's foreign operations similar to the one it is accused of in Dubai are carried out by a special unit called Kidon, Hebrew for dagger. The unit consists of a few dozen men and women who receive rigorous and specialized training including unarmed combat, weapons training, high-speed driving of both cars and motorcycles, and the field craft of trailing suspects without detection. Kidon operatives only work on short contracts of a few years because the work is so stressful. The agents regularly undergo extensive psychological...
  • The powerful, shadowy Mossad chief Meir Dagan is a streetfighter

    02/18/2010 10:35:23 AM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies · 843+ views
    Timesonline ^ | 2/18/10 | Sheera Frenkel
    The brazen assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh has thrown the spotlight on one of Israels most powerful but shadowy figures, Meir Dagan, the current Mossad chief, who yesterday faced calls for his resignation. There is a piece of folklore often repeated about him: when he was appointed in 2002, Ariel Sharon, then the Prime Minister, ordered him to run the Israeli spy agency with a knife between its teeth. Eight years on, Mr Dagan appears to have followed his orders to the letter. The killing in Dubai of one of the top men in Hamas is only the most recent in...
  • Mideast mystery: Who killed Ali-Mohammadi?

    01/18/2010 6:11:40 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 781+ views
    Space War ^ | 1/18/2010 | UPI via Space War
    The Jan. 12 assassination of Iranian physicist Masoud Ali-Mohammadi remains shrouded in mystery. The Iranian regime, facing unprecedented political domestic opposition over last June's disputed presidential election, has named Israel's Mossad intelligence service as the most likely culprit, aided by the Americans and British. The Israelis' supposed objective: to sabotage Iran's controversial nuclear program. But in the Middle East, where conspiracy theories are a cultural pursuit, there's now another scenario. The Mossad is still the culprit, but its motivation is far murkier -- derailing the tortuous negotiations between Tehran and the West concerning Iran's nuclear project, and thus to clear...
  • Israel's 'super-hero'

    01/19/2010 10:18:15 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 8 replies · 796+ views
    American Thinker ^ | January 19, 2010 | Jane Jamison
    Single-handedly, this intense miniature bull of a man, a son of Russian survivors of the holocaust, may be keeping the Middle East a safer place. Dagan leads the most effective and mysterious intelligence agency in the world, Israel's Mossad, which has that reputation because of him. This weekend, the official Egyptian newspaper, Al-Ahram, wrote an unusual story praising Dagan's accomplishments. ..." He is credited with putting its Iran's nuclear program well behind schedule by several years.
  • Mossad - The World's Most Efficient Killing Machine

    10/12/2004 12:12:57 AM PDT · by dennisw · 43 replies · 2,566+ views
    jihadwatch ^ | 2002? | By Gordon Thomas
    Mossad - The World's Most Efficient Killing Machine By Gordon Thomas 12-9-2 Standing on a canteen table in down-town Tel Aviv, Israel's spymaster studied the men and women of Mossad. In the few weeks since taking over Mossad, Meir Dagan knew he already commanded something his recent predecessors never managed. Respect. Barely raising his voice he spoke. "When I was fighting in Lebanon, I witnessed the aftermath of a family feud. The patriarch's head had been split open, his brain on the floor. Around him lay his wife and some of his children. All dead. Before I could do anything,...
  • New Mossad chief to reactivate hit squad

    09/17/2002 4:07:17 AM PDT · by solmar_israel · 29 replies · 665+ views
    LONDON Newly apppointed Mossad chief Meir Dagan is planning to reactivate a special operations unit, code named Caesarea, to target the commanders, controllers, and financiers of terrorist groups throughout the Middle East, the London Sunday Times reports. Quoting sources close to the Mossad, the paper said Islamic extremists abroad will become as vulnerable as those in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. "There is no reason why we should not do the same abroad. They will have nowhere to hide," said one source who is said to be familiar with Dagan's plans for the Mossad. "Gone are the days of...
  • 5 more nuke plants spotted in Iran

    09/28/2009 10:24:34 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 57 replies · 2,678+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | September 28, 2009 | N/A
    Deep-cover MI6 agents who have described the workings of the once-secret underground uranium enrichment plant near the Iranian city of Qom now have discovered a staggering five more similar operations, according to a report from Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin. They, like the Qom facility, are buried deep inside the mountains of north Iran and are guarded by divisions of Revolutionary Guards. The details were sent this weekend to some G20 leaders who met in Pittsburgh when the Qom facility was revealed to the world. The MI6 agents have established that, like Qom, the new plants are staffed by nuclear scientists...
  • Irans Worst Enemy (Is Israel too obsessed with Iran?)

    12/14/2009 2:46:00 PM PST · by F15Eagle · 19 replies · 1,010+ views
    Newsweek via MSNBC.Com ^ | Published Dec 12, 2009 From the magazine issue dated Dec 21, 2009 | By Ronen Bergman | NEWSWEEK
    Even among Israel's tough security chiefs, Meir Dagan has always been known for his raw nerve. As a military trainee he would wander around the base during his off hours flinging a knife at trees and telephone poles like a circus entertainer, one fellow soldier recalls. He earned one of his first decorations as a young commando in Gaza, for snatching a live grenade from the hands of an enemy fighter. Long-haired and confident, Dagan would sometimes bring his pet Doberman, Paco, along on raids. His propensity for solving problems by force continued even after he retired from the military....
  • MOSSAD'S KILLING MACHINE COMES TO BRITAIN

    05/17/2003 6:17:30 AM PDT · by ex-Texan · 127 replies · 6,376+ views
    GlobeIntel and GordonThomas.ie ^ | 5/15/2003 | Gordon Thomas
    MOSSAD'S KILLING MACHINE COMES TO BRITAIN A killing war between Israel's Mossad and Islamic fanatics came closer this weekend in Britain. The Israeli intelligence agency has sent four members of its kidon assassination squad to this country, to join fifteen other handpicked katsas, its relentless field agents. Their brief is to "disable" any of the "close to 50" British Muslims that the extremist Islamic group, Al-Muhajiroun, last week boasted were ready to carry out suicide missions similar to the one in Tel Aviv. Al-Muhajiroun spokesman, Asif Butt, said the 50 were "primed and ready to go". The threat was sufficient...
  • Dagan: Egypt, Syria have nuclear programs, as well as Iran

    01/24/2005 11:07:45 AM PST · by anotherview · 27 replies · 1,126+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | 24 January 2005 | Gideon Alon and Haaretz Service
    Last Update: 24/01/2005 19:25 Dagan: Egypt, Syria have nuclear programs, as well as Iran By Gideon Alon, Haaretz Correspondent and Haaretz Service The head of the Mossad intelligence service, Meir Dagan, warned Monday that there are signs that several Middle East states other than Iran - including Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Syria - are at varying stages of development of nuclear programs. Dagan, reviewing the security situation for the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, also warned that the atomic threat posed by Iran will soon reach the point of no return in a nuclear arms race. The Mossad chief...
  • Israel extends hand to Turkey, warns Europe against apathy

    11/21/2003 1:46:14 PM PST · by anotherview · 7 replies · 123+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 21 November 2003 | JPOST.COM STAFF AND AP
    Nov. 21, 2003 Israel extends hand to Turkey, warns Europe against apathy By JPOST.COM STAFF AND AP Israel will share its experience with Turkey Photo: AP Mossad chief Meir Dagan traveled to Turkey this week to offer anti-terror expertise after a wave of suicide bombings in Istanbul killed at least 50 people and wounded hundreds, Channel 2 reported Friday. Dagan shared with Turkish officials Israel's experience in dealing with suicide bombings during three years of fighting with Palestinians. Channel Two did not give an exact date for Dagan's trip or say how long he stayed. Dagan's trip was part of...