Press TV (Iran); December 25, 2010
The head of an Iraqi clerical association, Harith al-Dhari, says companies affiliated with the Israeli spy agency Mossad are freely operating all over Iraq. Al-Dhari, the head of the Association of Muslim Scholars, says Israeli companies are particularly concentrated in the northern Kurdistan region.
“The companies are directly working with Zionist spy agencies,” said al-Dhari, Iraq’s most influential Sunni cleric and a prominent anti-American figure. “Israeli companies infiltrating Iraq work under Arabic, English and Turkish names,” he further explained.
Reports say at least 70 Israeli firms operate in war-ravaged Iraq, using proxy Arab or European companies.
Earlier this year, Syrian customs officials seized several trucks loaded with Israeli goods heading to Iraq.
In 2008, Iraq’s Yaqen News Agency unveiled that more than 55 Israeli companies were working in the country under assumed names.
The agency also added that the Zionist firms operate in a variety of fields, including infrastructure and marketing.
It also said that Israel exports more than $300 million in goods to Iraq annually.
The companies, the report said, won contracts for construction projects in Iraq, thanks to help from “the US Agency for International Development that oversees the allocation of building contracts in Iraq.”
The above article can be found here: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/157009.html
Press TV interviews Israel Lobby critic James Morris:
December 25, 2010
Press TV: It was reported as early as 2003, that Mossad had a presence in northern Iraq. Could there be a link then made to the fact that that is the one region that has seen a lot less violence?
James Morris: Well, first of all, thank you for having me back on Press TV, and I’d like to wish all your Christian viewers around the world a very Merry Christmas or a happy Christmas as they say in England.
Yes, we know that the Mossad has actually been working with the Kurds or at least Israelis–and we can assume that those Israelis are Mossad operatives–in Kurdistan going back to Seymour Hersh’s article, titled ‘Plan B’ for the New Yorker.
[NOTE: Seymour Hersh is a professional liar for the Zionist establishment, whose bestselling books and widely-read articles contain copious lies. While he is touted as a hardnosed investigative reporter, a close reading of his work will reveal his complicity in the whitewash of both the JFK assassination and 9/11. For evidence of these assertions, see 'Seymour Hersh: Professional liar' here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20080813053842851 -- 800]
And we’ve seen the BBC story that aired [see below], as well, where you had Israeli Mossad operatives training the Kurds and developing an air strip according to the BBC report for potential attack on Iran in terms of any Israeli jets that attack Iran — to enable them to refuel on their way back.
What I really think is going on here — and you can go to my America-hijacked.co blog — the former (head of) Israeli Mossad, Danny Yatom, had actually met with Mustafa Barzani of the Kurdish Democratic Party, and this is all about destabilizing Iran.
This Mossad chief, Danny Yatom, had actually said that our plan is to cause ethnic strife in Iran and bring down the regime. And of course if you read my friend’s, Doctor Stephen Sniegoski’s, ‘The Transparent Cabal’ book — that fits with Israeli Likudnik (ideology) — Yotom’s plan of destabilizing Israel’s enemies in the Middle East. And that’s what the Iraq war is based on — possibly another Israeli invasion in Lebanon and Iran along with Syria …
It’s very, very concerning and we really have to address this and stop another war from Israel before it gets more Americans killed, more Brits and Iranians, Syrians and Lebanese, too.
Press TV: In 2003, it was reported a Mossad office in Kirkuk was attacked, but that US troops sealed off the area and implemented a news blackout. Did the US attack Iraq solely for Israel?
James Morris: Well of course, like I said, you can read James Bamford’s ‘Pretext for War’ book based on the clean break agenda.
You can go to tinyroll.com/cleanbreak — you have these neoconservatives with the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs and the Project for the New American Century, Richard Perle, Douglas Feith and David Wermser, who used to work in Dick Cheney’s office.
Dick Cheney was associated with the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA). You had Colin Powell that had said that the JINSA crowd was in control of the Pentagon.
Even David Wurmser had wanted Israel to attack Iran to draw Iranian retaliation against American troops in Iraq so we would go to war with Iran.
[For more information on how this den of neoconservative (i.e., Jewish-Zionist) vipers led the US into an immoral, illegal war on Iraq, see 'BBC reveals Zionist War Party behind Iraq invasion' here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20080914060717679 --800]
Fortunately, my friend Steve Clemons at The Washington Note found out about that and wrote about it and David Wurmser was removed from Cheney’s office. But he was the co-author of this Clean Break document.
So what I’m trying to say also is the war in Iraq, any war with Syria that can bring in Iran as Syria’s ally, it’s all for Israel. You’ve got these Likudnik neoconservatives in America who follow this Israeli Likudnik (ideology)…
Fortunately Israel Shahak is translated from Hebrew and lets us know about this, but the problem is the pro-Israel biased media in America is not reporting this and we have to get this as far as possible.
[For more on writer/historian Israel Shahak, see 'Israel Shahak: blowing the lid off the Talmud and Jewish Fundamentalism' here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20081030232126170 -- 800]
I really appreciate Press TV doing that before the Middle East blows up as a result of another war for Israel. Again, go to America-hijack.com and neoconzionistthreat.com, as well.
Press TV: It was hypothesized once that Israeli agents were killing US soldiers in Iraq in order to enrage US troops enough that the occupation persists. Is that theory sounding more like reality now?
James Morris: Well, we know from my experience with the head of prisons in Iraq, General Janis Karpinski — she had initially told me that she had met an Israeli working with US Delta Force interrogators near the Baghdad airport.
So we know that Israelis have been working with our US interrogators so that’s obvious, that’s why we see the Israeli torture tactics, such as hooding and the sexual humiliation like we saw in Abu Ghraib — those are tactics that came down right from Israel through the neoconservatives who have friends in Israel that incorporate these kind of tactics via former Shin-Bet operatives. And we never saw a mention of this in the American media.
[For more on the presence of Israeli torturers/interrogators in Iraq, see 'Israeli soldier gets thrills posing with bound captives; BBC: Israeli interrogators in Iraq (2004)' here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20100819050109432 -- 800]
I tried to get CBS news to cover it. They refused; I tried to get BBC to cover it.
Google it! We know Mossad are really interrogators in Iraq. Israelis are operating there, we know, that are trying to use Kurdistan as a beachhead against Iran to carry out attacks by Kurdish separatists in Iran as well as MEK [Mujahideen-e-khalq,] perhaps.
It’s part of the plan that the former Mossad head had talked about, this Danny Yatom. He said we want to use ethnic strife and violence to bring down the Iranian regime and the main reason is in Stephen Sniegoski’s ‘Transparent Cabal’ book, because the Iranian regime provides resistance to Israel with Hezbollah and Hamas, and Israel wants to take down the Iranian regime because of it, bottom line.
The above transcript can be found here: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/157047.html
‘Israel Wants Iraq for Greater Israel’PakAlert (Pakistan); January 31, 2009
By Wayne Madsen
Israeli expansionists, their intentions to take full control of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and permanently keep the Golan Heights of Syria and expand into southern Lebanon already well known, also have their eyes on parts of Iraq considered part of a biblical “Greater Israel.”
Israel reportedly has plans to relocate thousands of Kurdish Jews from Israel, including expatriates from Kurdish Iran, to the Iraqi cities of Mosul and Nineveh under the guise of religious pilgrimages to ancient Jewish religious shrines. According to Kurdish sources, the Israelis are secretly working with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to carry out the integration of Kurdish and other Jews into areas of Iraq under control of the KRG.
Kurdish, Iraqi Sunni Muslims, and Turkmen have noted that Kurdish Israelis began to buy land in Iraqi Kurdistan after the US invasion in 2003, which is considered historical Jewish “property.”
The Israelis are particularly interested in the shrine of the Jewish prophet Nahum in al Qush, the prophet Jonah in Mosul, and the tomb of the prophet Daniel in Kirkuk. Israelis are also trying to claim Jewish “properties” outside of the Kurdish region, including the shrine of Ezekiel in the village of al-Kifl in Babel Province near Najaf and the tomb of Ezra in al-Uzayr in Misan Province, near Basra, both in southern Iraq’s Shi’a-dominated territory. Israeli expansionists consider these shrines and tombs as much a part of “Greater Israel” as Jerusalem and the West Bank, which they call “Judea and Samaria.”
Kurdish and Iraqi sources report that Israel’s Mossad is working hand-in-hand with Israeli companies and “tourists” to stake a claim to the Jewish “properties” of Israel in Iraq. The Mossad has already been heavily involved in training the Kurdish Peshamerga military forces.
Reportedly assisting the Israelis are foreign mercenaries paid for by US Christian evangelical circles that support the concept of “Christian Zionism.”
Iraqi nationalists charge that the Israeli expansion into Iraq is supported by both major Kurdish factions, including the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan headed by Iraq’s nominal President Jalal Talabani. Talabani’s son, Qubad Talabani, serves as the KRG’s representative in Washington, where he lives with his wife Sherri Kraham, who is Jewish.
Also supporting the Israeli land acquisition activities is the Kurdistan Democratic Party, headed by Massoud Barzani, the president of the KRG. One of Barzani’s five sons, Binjirfan Barzani, is reportedly heavily involved with the Israelis.
The Israelis and their Christian Zionist supporters enter Iraq not through Baghdad but through Turkey. In order to depopulate residents of lands the Israelis claim, Mossad operatives and Christian Zionist mercenaries are staging terrorist attacks against Chaldean Christians, particularly in Nineveh, Irbil, al-Hamdaniya, Bartalah, Talasqaf, Batnayah, Bashiqah, Elkosheven, Uqrah, and Mosul.
These attacks by the Israelis and their allies are usually reported as being the responsibility of “Al Qaeda” and other Islamic “jihadists.”
The ultimate aim of the Israelis is to depopulate the Christian population in and around Mosul and claim the land as biblical Jewish land that is part of “Greater Israel.” The Israeli/Christian Zionist operation is a replay of the depopulation of the Palestinians in the British mandate of Palestine after World War II.
In June 2003, a delegation of Israelis visited Mosul and said that it was Israel’s intention, with the assistance of Barzani, to establish Israeli control of the shrine of Jonah in Mosul and the shrine of Nahum in the Mosul plains. The Israelis said Israeli and Iranian Jewish pilgrims would travel via Turkey to the area of Mosul and take over lands where Iraqi Christians lived.
The above article can be found here: http://pakalert.wordpress.com/2009/01/31/here-we-go-israel-wants-iraq-for-greater-israel/
‘Saddam: Kurds dividing Iraq for Israeli benefit’The Associated Press; October 17, 2006
Saddam Hussein on Tuesday attacked prosecution witnesses in his trial for genocide against the Kurds, accusing them of sowing division among Iraqis for the benefit of Israel.
The deposed leader addressed the court after two Kurds testified that during a military offensive in northern Iraq in 1988, they were detained in a camp where conditions were so bad that hundreds of prisoners died of malnutrition.
“This will only serve the separation,” Saddam said, referring to the deepening division among Iraqis as shown by the rising death toll in the insurgency and sectarian fighting.
“The Zionists are the only ones who will benefit from the differences among Iraqis,” Saddam added.
Earlier, another defendant testified that his lawyer wanted to break ranks with the three-week legal boycott of the trial, but when the judge summoned the attorney, he failed to appear.
And the chief defense lawyer for Saddam denied in an interview that any of the defense attorneys would end their boycott.
The back-and-forth was a continuation of the procedural difficulties that have plagued the trial in which Saddam and six members of his regime are charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity during a military offensive against Iraq’s Kurdish population in 1987-88. Saddam and one other defendant are also charged with genocide.
The above article can be found here: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/1,7340,L-3316173,00.html
‘Kurdish soldiers trained by Israelis’
BBC Newsnight; September 20, 2006
Newsnight has obtained the first pictures of Kurdish soldiers being trained by Israelis in Northern Iraq, as well as an interview with one of the former commandos who carried out the work.
When the former Israeli Special Forces soldiers were sent to Iraq in 2004 they were told they would be disowned if they were discovered.
Their role there was to train two groups of Kurdish troops.
One would act as a security force for the new Hawler International Airport (near Erbil) and the other, of more than 100 peshmerga or Kurdish fighters, would be trained for “special assignments”, according to one of Newsnight’s interviewees.
An Israeli security consulting form called Interop acted as the main contractor for the Hawler airport project and set up two subsidiaries (Kudo and Colosium) to carry out work in Iraq.
Kudo and Colosium described themselves as Swiss-registered companies.
In addition to the training, Kudo provided quad bikes, communications equipment and security fencing.
One of the founders of Interop, and its Chairman until 2003, was Danny Yatom, a former Head of Mossad — the Israeli foreign intelligence service and now an MP.
He told Newsnight today: “I was not aware of what was done in 2004 and 2005 because I cut all contacts with the company when I entered the Israeli parliament in 2003.”
During 2004-5, Interop and Kudo were run by Shlomi Michaels, a former head of Israel’s counter-terrorist unit. Contacted by Newsnight, Mr. Michaels declined to comment.
Newsnight was told by the Israeli interviewee involved in the training that senior Kurdish officials were aware of their nationality, but not the troops being trained.
The sensitivities for the Kurdish authorities are serious, since their political enemies have long accused them of being in cahoots with Israel.
The Kurdish authorities have previously denied allowing any Israelis into northern Iraq.
The Israeli trainer says: “You know, day by day it’s a bit tense because you know where you are and you know who you are. And there’s always a chance that you’ll get revealed.
“My part of the contract was to train the Kurdish security people for a big airport project and for training, as well as the Peshmerga, and the actual soldiers, the army.
“We were training them in all kinds of anti-terror lessons, anti-terror, security airport, training them with long rifles, pistols; telling them, teaching them tactics like shooting behind doors, behind barricades, shooting from the left, shooting from the right, shooting from windows, how to shoot first, how to identify a terrorist in a crowd.
“That’s clearly special assignments. That’s only training that special units get for special assignments.
“We crossed the border from Turkey and one of the intelligence officers passed us by, through the border, without stamping our passports.
“So you reckon that if two guys from the intelligence service knew we were Israelis and they saw our passports as well, the leadership knew as well — I mean their bosses, that’s natural.”
‘The second Israel’
Khaled Salih, a spokesman for the Kurdistan Regional Government, says: “These are not new allegations for us. Back in the sixties and seventies we were called ‘the second Israel’ in the region and we were supposed to be eliminated by Islamist nationalist and now Islamist groups.
“They look for internal enemies and we are the easiest to target. These kinds of speculations have been around in the region for more than 30 years.”
The Kurdistan region sits at a strategic crossroads. To the east is Iran, to the north-west Turkey. Both countries have significant Kurd minorities and are worried about a Kurdish state emerging in northern Iraq.
The authorities there have accepted that for now and that they must remain part of a federal Iraq.
As they develop their region, the Kurds have opened an international airport at Irbil (Hawler in Kurdish).
It now boasts dozens of international flights each week and it is at Hawler International that the Israelis began their work.
With Iran becoming Israel’s principal enemy, there have been reports of Israelis using Kurdish areas of Iraq to increase its strategic options.
One constraint facing the Israelis, should they ever want to hit Iran, is distance. Most Israeli jets are short range and they have few in-flight tankers. Some studies have suggested that Israel could make refueling stops at a modern airfield in Kurdistan.
If the Israelis ever planned to use Hawler airport as an emergency refueling stop, it has now been compromised by Israeli press reports.
After finishing their training, Kurds sang their national anthem while marching behind one of the Israelis.
Israeli Government spokesman, Mark Regev, told Newsnight that the Investigations Division of the Israeli Ministry of Defense had passed the details of this case to the Israeli police to see if there had been any violation of export laws.
He added: “We have not authorized anyone to do any defense work in Iraq… If information is brought and there’s clear evidence that people broke our law, of course I expect them to be prosecuted.”
The above article can be found here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/newsnight/5363116.stm
‘Israel helping train US forces to combat Iraqi insurgents’
Israel Insider; December 10, 2003
Israeli advisers are helping train US Special Forces in aggressive counter-insurgency operations in Iraq, The Guardian reported yesterday [see below]. A former US intelligence agent told the paper that the IDF sent urban warfare specialists to Fort Bragg in North Carolina to help set up “assassination teams” that would target guerrilla leaders.
Officials at Fort Bragg, however, denied that Israeli advisers had come to the base to train Special Forces soldiers in counter-insurgency tactics including assassination, the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer reported today. “This command is not conducting any combined US or Israeli training at Fort Bragg,” said Lt. Col. Hans Bush, a spokesman for US Army Special Operations.
But according to American and Israeli military and intelligence officials, Israeli commandos and intelligence units have been working closely with their American counterparts at Fort Bragg and in Israel to help them prepare for operations in Iraq, the New Yorker and other media sources reported.
“The Americans now realize their forces are in Iraq for the long haul, and are reorganizing accordingly,” a senior Israeli security source told Reuters. “Israel has been providing advice on how to shift from a reliance on heavy, armored occupation troops to mobile forces that are more effective in quelling urban resistance and cause less friction with the general populace,” he said.
US forces already have adopted IDF tactics
According to media reports, American forces in Iraq have already begun to use tactics that echo Israeli operations in the Palestinian territories, including the sealing off centers of resistance with razor wire and razing buildings from where attacks have been launched against US troops.
Reuters reported that the American forces plan to adopt the IDF’s tactic of a “swarm assault,” such as was used by the Israeli army during its operations in Nablus in April 2002. The “swarm assault,” according to Reuters, constituted the “unleashing” of “roving covert infantry squads whose movements were coordinated using air surveillance.”
“The Americans are used to fighting either in force or with isolated commando teams, while the swarm tactic is a combination of both,” an Israeli military source said, quoted by Reuters. “It is ideal for hitting terrorists concentrated in civilian populations.”
US officials noted the similarity of their tactics in Iraq with those employed by the IDF, but denied that they are modeled on them, Reuters reported.
Israelis go to Iraq, US officers come to Israel
The Guardian reported that Israeli security officials went to Iraq to advise American troops there. “Some Israelis went to Iraq as well, not to do training, but for providing consultations,” an American intelligence source told the newspaper.
Brigadier-General Michael Vane, deputy chief of staff at the US Army’s training and doctrine command, mentioned the cooperation with Israel in a letter to Army magazine in July. “We recently traveled to Israel to glean lessons learned from their counter-terrorist operations in urban areas,” he wrote.
Yediot Aharonot reported that the American military officials were in Israel for a few days and visited the IDF command center, focusing on ways to deal with Iraqi insurgency.
“They were interested in things in which we have a lot of experience,” a senior Israeli security official told Yediot Aharonot. “They learned about explosive charges, and how to neutralize them, … intelligence gathering, the use of dogs to locate charges. They were completely unfamiliar with the use of dogs, and this greatly interested them,” the official said.
According to Reuters, the US Special Forces have so far been slow in adopting one IDF tactic — having commandos dressed as civilians swoop in to capture or kill fugitive insurgents. “In consultations, the Americans have made it clear that they see the need for undercover work to flush out wanted terrorists. But they lack personnel qualified in Arabic and the basic cultural knowledge needed to blend in,” an Israeli military source said.
The Guardian reported that Israeli “consultants” were helping train US Special Forces in ways to “neutralize” guerrilla leaders. “This is basically an assassination program. That is what is being conceptualized here. This is a hunter-killer team,” a former senior US intelligence official told the newspaper.
The above article does not appear to exist in its original location, but can still be found here: http://brussellstribunal.org/IsraelDeathSquadsIraq.htm
‘Israel trains US assassination squads in Iraq’The Guardian (UK); December 9, 2003
Israeli advisers are helping train US Special Forces in aggressive counter-insurgency operations in Iraq, including the use of assassination squads against guerrilla leaders, US intelligence and military sources said yesterday.
The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) has sent urban warfare specialists to Fort Bragg in North Carolina, the home of US Special Forces, and according to two sources, Israeli military “consultants” have also visited Iraq.
US forces in Iraq’s Sunni triangle have already begun to use tactics that echo Israeli operations in the occupied territories, sealing off centers of resistance with razor wire and razing buildings from where attacks have been launched against US troops.
But the secret war in Iraq is about to get much tougher, in the hope of suppressing the Ba’athist-led insurgency ahead of next November’s presidential elections.
US Special Forces teams are already behind the lines inside Syria attempting to kill foreign jihadists before they cross the border, and a group focused on the “neutralization” of guerrilla leaders is being set up, according to sources familiar with the operations.
“This is basically an assassination program. That is what is being conceptualized here. This is a hunter-killer team,” said a former senior US intelligence official, who added that he feared the new tactics and enhanced cooperation with Israel would only inflame a volatile situation in the Middle East.
“It is bonkers, insane. Here we are — we’re already being compared to Sharon in the Arab world, and we’ve just confirmed it by bringing in the Israelis and setting up assassination teams.”
“They are being trained by Israelis in Fort Bragg,” a well-informed intelligence source in Washington said.
“Some Israelis went to Iraq as well, not to do training, but for providing consultations.”
The consultants’ visit to Iraq was confirmed by another US source who was in contact with American officials there.
The Pentagon did not return calls seeking comment, but a military planner, Brigadier General Michael Vane, mentioned the cooperation with Israel in a letter to Army magazine in July about the Iraq counter-insurgency campaign.
“We recently traveled to Israel to glean lessons learned from their counterterrorist operations in urban areas,” wrote General Vane, deputy chief of staff at the army’s training and doctrine command.
An Israeli official said the IDF regularly shared its experience in the West Bank and Gaza with the US armed forces, but said he could not comment about cooperation in Iraq.
“When we do activities, the US military attaches in Tel Aviv are interested. I assume it’s the same as the British. That’s the way allies work. The special forces come to our people and say, do debrief on an operation we have done,” the official said.
“Does it affect Iraq? It’s not in our interest or the American interest or in anyone’s interest to go into that. It would just fit in with jihadist prejudices.”
Colonel Ralph Peters, a former army intelligence officer and a critic of Pentagon policy in Iraq, said yesterday there was nothing wrong with learning lessons wherever possible.
“When we turn to anyone for insights, it doesn’t mean we blindly accept it,” Col Peters said. “But I think what you’re seeing is a new realism. The American tendency is to try to win all the hearts and minds. In Iraq, there are just some hearts and minds you can’t win. Within the bounds of human rights, if you do make an example of certain villages it gets the attention of the others, and attacks have gone down in the area.”
The new counter-insurgency unit made up of elite troops being put together in the Pentagon is called Task Force 121, New Yorker magazine reported in yesterday’s edition.
One of the planners behind the offensive is a highly controversial figure, whose role is likely to inflame Muslim opinion: Lieutenant General William “Jerry” Boykin.
In October, there were calls for his resignation after he told a church congregation in Oregon that the US was at war with Satan, who “wants to destroy us as a Christian army”.
“He’s been promoted a rank above his abilities,” he said. “Some generals are pretty good on battlefield but are disastrous nearer the source of power.”
The above article can be found here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2003/dec/09/iraq.israel
Also see ‘The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK): A Zionist proxy?’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20100708133928209
Also see ‘Arabic-language press: Former Zionist intel chief boasts of Israeli infiltration of Egypt, Sudan, Lebanon, Iran’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=2010110414300857
Also see ‘Israel benefited from 2005 Hariri assassination, ex-intel chief admits; Saad Hariri absolves Syria of blame for father’s murder’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20101031155101184Also see ‘Israel takes control of Lebanon’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20100829215407380
Also see ‘Yemen Islamists linked to Israeli intelligence’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20100909230732878
Also see ‘Is Israel running the Taliban?’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20100905023041292
And for an even more exhaustive list of articles on Israel’s covert activities inside Iraq, see: http://brussellstribunal.org/IsraelDeathSquadsIraq.htm