414 articles tagged "Hizballah"
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Radical Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr mourns Mughniyeh
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 20, 2008
The Iraq's Shiite radical leader Moqtada al-Sadr's announcement Thursday, Feb. 14, condemning the assassination of Imad Mughniyeh and declaring three days of mourning in all Sadrist offices provides a glimpse of the untold Iraqi chapter in the dead terrorist's career.
DEBKA-Net-Weekly's latest issue out Friday bares some of Mughniyeh's hidden missions and the effect of his death on the anti-Western front led by Tehran.
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Notorious Hizballah terrorist hostage-taker Imad Mughniyeh killed in Damascus <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 18, 2008
debkafile's military sources report that Imad Fayez Mughniyeh, the Hizballah's supreme commander and plotter of major anti-US and anti-Israel terror operations in the last 25 years died aged 46 in a car bomb explosion in the Damascus district of Tanzim Kafr Susa Tuesday night, Feb. 12.
Hizballah accused Israel of the assassination and vowed to retaliate. Hassan Nasrallah will eulogize the dead man at his funeral in Beirut Thursday by video link. Beirut is already tense since the funeral falls on the third anniversary of the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri.
On Aug. 5, 2006, debkafile described Mughniyeh as the only undercover agent in the Middle East who enjoys the complete personal trust of both Iranian supreme ruler Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and al Qaeda's Osama bin Laden. In recent years he has liaised between them. His death is a blow to both.


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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Tehran, Damascus, Hizballah leadership reported coordinating retaliation for Mughniyeh's death
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 14, 2008
This is how anxious Western and Israeli counter-terror agencies interpret the muted responses to the killing of Imad Mughniyeh in Damascus Tuesday, Feb. 12. Iran, Syria and Hizballah are certain that the bomb planted in the master terrorist's Mitsubishi Pajero in the heart of the Syrian capital was rigged by the Israeli Mossad. They are therefore most certainly setting up a major reprisal in the form of a terrorist hit or a military assault.
Wednesday night, all Hizballah's top leaders went to ground.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Nasrallah's "body parts" speech prompted by internal Hizballah power struggle<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 23, 2008
Hassan Nasrallah has fallen out with internal security chief Wafik Saffa and replaced the bodyguards who kept him in hiding in the 17 months since the 2006 Lebanon War, debkafile's counter-terror sources reveal. The Shiite terrorist chief aimed a double swipe at Saffa - first by appearing in public for the first time with a new team of bodyguards, second by claiming to hold "many body parts" of Israeli soldiers who fell in battle in the 2006 Lebanon war. This claim served to make it impossible for Saffa to continue to represent Hizballah in negotiations for the release of the two Israel kidnapped soldiers.
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Israel will not discuss Hizballah's Nasrallah "cynical and evil" claim on soldiers' remains
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 21, 2008
In his first live public appearance in more than a year at the Shiite Ashura procession in Beirut, Hassan Nasrallah alleged his organization, which fought Israel last summer, is holding the remains of Israeli soldiers, including a complete body and several parts. The families of the two kidnapped Israeli reservists Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser accused Nasrallah of vile body-trafficking to distract attention from his troubles at home.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Data on Hizballah's stock of missiles that can reach Tel Aviv and pre-war shore-sea missiles were correct in May 2007. They ha
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 5, 2007
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's report to the UN Security Council confirms that Hizballah has tripled its arsenal of the C-802 anti-ship missiles which struck the Israeli missile destroyer in the 2006 Lebanon War, and "has since rearmed to a level higher than prior to last year's conflict."
debkafile's military sources reveal: Hizballah has since May boosted its fighting strength by 20 percent, including anti-air units freshly-trained in Iran and armed with Iranian anti-air missiles and guns. Iranian engineers are also paving 1,000 km of strategic highways across Lebanon to speed up military convoy movements.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> reports: Tehran is choreographing all swap deals with Israel after Nasrallah's authority wanes in Hizballah<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 21, 2007
Even if Hizballah has given Israel documents in the handwriting of the long-missing Israeli navigator Ron Arad, as claimed by a Lebanese newspaper, they still may not clear up the mystery of the fate which befell him after his capture 21 years ago.
There are hopes in Israel of new momentum to recover the reservists Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser, created by the low-profile Israel-Hizballah swap Monday of a Hizballah prisoner and the remains of two Lebanon War fighters for the body of the Israeli civilian Gabriel Dawit, three years after he was swept into Lebanese waters.
The German mediator is only moderately optimistic. debkafile explains why in a Special Report below.
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Hizballah's Nasrallah reports progress in negotiations for Israeli soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 19, 2007
In a television address Tuesday night, Oct. 16, he affirmed: "Doors hitherto closed have now opened."
Nasrallah disclosed that Hizballah had demanded of Israel the handover of four Iranian diplomats missing in Lebanon since the 1980s. debkafile's sources: The four Iranian diplomats were never held by Israel; they were captured and put to death by Lebanese Christian Phalangists during the country's civil war.
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Berlin-Tehran Ties Are Key to Prisoner Deals - at a Heavy Security Price for Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 16, 2007
Even if Hizballah has given Israel documents in the handwriting of the long-missing Israeli navigator Ron Arad, as claimed by a Lebanese newspaper, they still may not clear up the mystery of the fate which befell him after his capture 21 years ago.
Israeli intelligence has long concluded that, after Ron Arad ejected from an Israeli fighter-bomber in 1986 during Lebanon's civil war, the Amal Shiite group (headed by Lebanese parliament speaker Nabih Berri) who captured him passed him to Iran, where he was imprisoned for an unknown period.
Iran has always denied this; any materials and statements emanating from Hizballah are bound to support this contention.
According to debkafile's intelligence sources, today's Hassan Nasrallah is not the powerful figure he was at the time of the 2005 exchange. Tehran has taken Hizballah's military and intelligence functions out of his hands and passed them to its trusted minion, the master terrorist Imad Mughniyeh, confining Nasrallah to the movement's political department and its domestic Lebanese policy.
Decisions on prisoner swaps with Israel, including the fate of the Israeli soldiers Regev and Goldwasser, whose kidnap by Hizballah triggered the 2006 Lebanon War, are therefore up to Tehran - not Beirut.

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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Reports: Hizballah suspected behind "The Galilee Freedom Brigades" which claims Friday's Jerusalem attack
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 19, 2007
The claim was made over the Maan Palestinian news agency Monday Aug. 13 four days after Ahmad Hatib from Manda village, Galilee, died after grabbing the sidearm of an Israeli security guard on Jerusalem's Christian Street and shooting him in the shoulder. Ten people were injured before he was killed.
debkafile cites Israeli intelligence sources as linking the Jerusalem attack to undercover Hizballah cells believed planted in the Galilee villages of Manda and Kafr Kana.
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Israeli travelers on High Festival vacations warned of worldwide kidnap threat by Hizballah <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 13, 2007
The Terror Alert Center in Jerusalem classes as the highest, concrete risk destinations Egypt (including Sinai), Jordan, Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Sudan and Somalia, which Israelis are advised to leave at once. Slightly less dangerous but still very high-risk are Kashmir, the Philippines island of Mindanao, Chechnya and South Thailand up to the Malaysian border.

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Nasrallah will not release a scrap of information on abducted Israeli soldiers "for nothing" <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 25, 2007
In a recorded speech aired by the Arabic al Jazeera TV network Monday night, the Hizballah leader said only he was competent to give out information on the Israeli soldiers, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev [kidnapped a year ago on the Israeli side of the Lebanese border.] But he said he would reveal nothing about their condition without something in return.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Hizballah faces Israel on first anniversary of Lebanon War with 50% more rockets and an air defense system
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 17, 2007
It has doubled the number of teams trained to launch rockets and equipped them with vehicles and motorbikes for speedy movement, and topped up its rocket arsenal to 18,000. By the end of the year, Hizballah will have some 2,000 highly trained commando troops, 400-500 more than the number at the outset of the Second Lebanon War, and 15,000-16,000 fighting men in all.
In an exclusive military report below, debkafile details Hizballah's expanded military resources and acquisitions.

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Hizballah Has Missiles for Downing Israeli Warplanes One Year after Lebanon War
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 11, 2007
One year ago to the day, the Lebanese Shiite terrorist Hizballah sent a unit across the border into Israel and ambushed an Israeli patrol, killing eight of its members and kidnapping two. The raid, followed by a Katyusha rocket attack on northern Israel sparked the Israeli invasion of Lebanon and a 34-day war.
Today, debkafile's military sources report that Hizballah is in better military shape than ever before. its sponsors, Iran and Syria, have not only replenished the rocket stocks depleted by daily barrages against Israeli towns and villages, but topped them up by 50%. Whereas Hizballah started the 2006 war with 12,000 rockets of different types, today the Lebanese Shiite terror group has accumulated 18,000 in its arsenal.
The militia's fighting manpower, including its special intelligence and security agencies, totals between 15,000 and 16,000.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Tehran arms Lebanese Hizballah militia with air defense missile wing as part of war build-up<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 25, 2007
April 15, on the eve of Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day, Hizballah and Iranian Revolutionary Guards commanders staged a grand ceremony at the Imam Ali base in northern Tehran to celebrate the launch of Hizballah's anti-air missile wing.
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On the warpath again, Hizballah chief attacks international tribunal for Hariri assassins as politically-motivated<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 9, 2007
In a televised speech, Hassan Nasrallah said will he confront what he called attempts by the (anti-Syrian) parliamentary majority to change Lebanon's identity - even if it takes 50 years. He attacked the international tribunal set up to try the culprits behind the murder of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri in 2005. He said the court comes with as designed to hand down "ready-made verdicts against certain suspects." Nasrallah was referring to top members of the Assad regime in Damascus, who are the leading suspects, and the four Lebanese generals jailed in Beirut, who he termed political prisoners.

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Wife of Ehud Goldwasser does not believe Hizballah claim proves her kidnapped husband is alive<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 8, 2007
Hizballah's Hussein Kumati claimed the two Israeli soldiers abducted by the Lebanese Shiite group are treated as humanely in accordance with Islamic dictates.
Karnit Goldwasser said the Hizballah official's claim does not prove he is alive or well. The Lebanese captives held in Israel are allowed to communicate regularly and directly with their families with Red Cross assistance. Nothing has been seen or heard of the Israeli captives since they were seized in July 2006.
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What Has Tehran to Gain from Hizballah's New Face?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 13, 2007
For the first time in its 20-year history as a reviled international kidnapper, Hizballah is demanding that its representatives be allowed to hold direct talks with Israel.
One conjecture by Israeli intelligence officials is that Hizballah has been told to offer to trade information about Goldwasser and Regev for word about Iranian ex-general Ali Reza Asgari, said to have disappeared in Istanbul on Feb. 7.
The first positive action by Tehran has been to call its proxies off from hounding the pro-Western Fouad Siniora government of Lebanon; Hizballah has been told to end its boycott of the government in return for additional cabinet seats. Therefore, Iran emerges with its Lebanese cat's paw's position in Beirut enhanced, well before diplomacy for an accommodation on Tehran's nuclear ambitions and the stabilization of Iraq has gone anywhere.
To solidify its position, Hizballah must behave like a respectable political party rather than terrorists who conduct terrorist and kidnapping raids against the neighbors.
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Hizballah's strength is greater today than it was in the Lebanon War last summer - Israeli military intelligence research chief
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 23, 2007
Brig-Gen Yossi Baidatz reporting this to the Knesset foreign affairs and security committee was interrupted by defense minister Amir Peretz who disputed this data as relating to Hizballah's "potential strength."debkafile notes: The official Israeli government line is that Hizballah came out of the war weaker.
Baidatz added Qassam missile attacks from Gaza have increased since the Mecca Reconcilian Accords were signed by Fatah and Hamas leaders two weeks ago.
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DEBKAfile reports: Syria has delivered Russian-made SA-18 "Grouse" Igla 9K38 anti-air missiles to Lebanese Hezballah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 20, 2007

Moscow guaranteed the shoulder-carried SA-18 "Grouse" Igla 9K38 was sold to Damascus under the strict prohibition of its transfer to Hizballah, debkafile notes. The pledge was given to the US and personally by Russian president Vladimir Putin to Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert.

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