Saturday, June 17, 2006

Israeli spy rings in Lebanon and the Hariri assassination

It is very complicated, but you can begin to see paradoxical patterns emerging in Lebanon as set out in the postings of t_desco at   There is a Palestinian refugee camp called Ain al-Hilweh on the outskirts of Sidon.  An Islamist leader named Sheikh Jamal Khattab, who allegedly has ideas similar to bin Laden’s, lives there.  The Sheikh’s mosque, the al-Nour mosque, has quite a history (from

“The Ain Hilweh camp, and in particular the al-Nour mosque, is home to several Sunni extremist groups:

Usbat al-Ansar, which is believed to have received funding from bin Laden and al-Zarqawi and was among the first eleven international terror groups listed in President Bush's executive order of September 23, 2001; its even more radical splinter groups Usbat al-Nour and Jund al-Sham, which has claimed at least four bombings following the assassination of Hariri (three explosions in Christian neighborhoods and an attack on Iqlim al-Kharub); and the Dinniyeh group, formerly known as Takfir wa al-Hijra, founded by Bassam Ahmad Kanj, who had fought alongside bin Laden in Afghanistan and was killed in an uprising against the Lebanese army in the mountains of Dinniyeh in January 2000. Some of the rebels escaped to Ain Al-Hilweh and found shelter in al-Nour mosque, among them Ahmed Salim Mikati, who was detained in September 2004 when a car bomb attack on the Italian embassy in Beirut was foiled. Together with another al-Qa'ida operative, Ismail Mohammed al-Khatib, Mikati had also planned to attack the Ukrainian Consulate General and Lebanese Government offices in central Beirut.”

Ahmed Abu Adas, the student who took responsibility for the assassination of Rafik Hariri (and thus, possibly falsely, put the blame on an unknown terrorist group), allegedly met with Sheikh Abu Obeida  (aka Badee – or Badih - Hamadeh, and now captured and executed), an associate of Sheikh Jamal Khattab, in Ain al-Hilweh.  Mehlis himself points out that Ahmed Abu Adas had been employed at a computer shop in the summer of 2004, which was owned in part by Sheikh Ahmed Al-Sani, who was a member of the Ahmed Miqati and Ismaíl Al-Khatib network, the network sheltering in Sheikh Jamal Khattab’s mosque.

Mehlis said that Khaled Midhat Taha, a Palestinian, had escorted suspected suicide bomber Ahmad Abu Adas to Syria two weeks before the Hariri assassination.  This connection was noted by Mehlis presumably as part of Mehlis’ efforts to implicate Syria.  However, Khaled Midhat Taha appears to be related to Sheikh Abdullah Hallaq, founder of the Islamic Struggle Movement. The Islamic Struggle Movement is now led by none other than Sheikh Jamal Khattab.

The Sheikh’s brother, Hussein Khattab, has been identified as the leader of one Israeli spy ring operating in Lebanon (the other was led by Mahmoud Rafeh, who, unlike Khattab, has been captured).   Rafeh has admitted responsibility for a number of assassinations in Lebanon that have commonly been ascribed to the Mossad (some of these assassinations appear to relate directly to removing people whose testimony could have been embarrassing to Ariel Sharon).

It is starting to look more and more likely that the assassination of Hariri, blamed by the Israelamericans on Syria, is just another in this long line of Israeli assassinations that have occurred in Lebanon.  The other aspect to this, which may have September 11 implications, is how easily the Mossad operates in the world of what appears to be radical Islamist terrorist groups.