August 06, 2005

KiM-Info Newsletter 06-08-05 

Balkans blowback

London bombing clues lead to the Balkans

Highlights from the articles which follow

Christope Chaboud, the new commandant of the anti-terrorist unit of France (UCLAT: l'unite de coordination de la lutte anti-terroriste ], a unit of the French criminal police, Police Judiciaire (PJ) which specializes in the fight against terrorism, said on July 13, 2005, that the explosives used in the London terrorist bombings on July 7, 2005, were of military derivation and had come to the UK from Kosovo. (Defense and Foreign Affairs)

GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs had already known that the bombs used were based on former Yugoslav National Army (JNA) stocks of Semtex plastic explosive, and that subsequent to the London bombings, UK security officials flew to Belgrade to discuss the matter with Serbia-Montenegro security officials. GIS sources had said that the Semtex had originated from the Bosnian jihadist support network, although it is important to stress that the Bosnia-Kosovo-Albania-Raska (Southern Serbia) jihadist net functions as a single operational zone. (Defense and Foreign Affairs)

The July 29 edition of FOX News Channel's Day Side programme revealed that the so called mastermind of the 7/7 London Bombings, Haroon Rashid Aswat, is a British Intelligence Asset. Former Justice Dept. prosecutor and Terror expert John Loftus revealed that the so called Al-Muhajiroun group, based in London had formed during the Kosovo crisis, during which Fundamentalist Muslim Leaders (Or what is now referred to as Al Qaeda) were recruited by MI6 to fight in Kosovo (Infowars, USA)


INFOWARS (USA)

Terror Expert: 7/7 Mastermind was working for British Intelligence, Group was used by Brits in Kosovo in the late 90s

Steve Watson/Infowars | August 2 2005

The Dud Bombers of 21/7, the patsies, have all been rounded up along with 18 others currently under questioning, yet the so called "mastermind" is allowed to go free and is protected time and time again by MI5, MI6, FBI and CIA. The same thing happened in 93 with the WTC bombing, 95 with the OKC bombing, 01 with 911 and its happening again, its the same type of operation EVERYTIME.

The July 29 edition of FOX News Channel's Day Side programme revealed that the so called mastermind of the 7/7 London Bombings, Haroon Rashid Aswat, is a British Intelligence Asset. Former Justice Dept. prosecutor and Terror expert John Loftus revealed that the so called Al-Muhajiroun group, based in London had formed during the Kosovo crisis, during which Fundamentalist Muslim Leaders (Or what is now referred to as Al Qaeda) were recruited by MI6 to fight in Kosovo.

Loftus stated that "...back in the late 1990s, the leaders all worked for British intelligence in Kosovo. Believe it or not, British intelligence actually hired some Al-Qaeda guys to help defend the Muslim rights in Albania and in Kosovo. That's when Al-Muhajiroun got started."

Former Justice Dept. prosecutor John Loftus on Fox's Day Side

We have previously revealed how former MI5 officer David Shayler has alleged, and French intel sources have corroborated, that the MI6 paid a Libyan al-Qa'ida cell Ł100,000 in 1995 to assassinate colonel Qaddafi. The use of the group that has come to be known as "Al Qaeda" as assets by Intelligence services the world over is well documented.

The London Independent also reported 2 days before the London Bombings how

MI5 has previously used so called Al Qaeda operatives as informants, allowing them to be left alone as a trade off. This only came to light when Bisher al-Rawi was captured by the CIA and taken to the detention centre at Guantanamo Bay. The original Independent link has now mysteriously been removed.

John Loftus went on to spell out that British Intelligence and the US dept of Justice had protected Haroon Rashid Aswat: "Back in 1999 he came to America. The Justice Department wanted to indict him in Seattle because him and his buddy were trying to set up a terrorist training school in Oregon...

we've just learned that the headquarters of the US Justice Department ordered the Seattle prosecutors not to touch Aswat..., apparently Aswat was working for British intelligence"

Haroon Aswat, the so called mastermind of the London bombings with Radical cleric Abu Hamza al Masri in a London cab on Jan. 20, 1999.

This information is startling and again highlights how Al Qaeda exists as an organized body only where the intelligence services have created, funded and employed it. Loftus points out that several weeks before the London Bombings, Aswat was again located by the South African Intel agency but again allowed to slip away, this time to London:

"He was a British intelligence plant. So all of a sudden he disappears. He's in South Africa. We think he's dead; we don't know he's down there. Last month the South African Secret Service come across the guy. He's alive...the Brits know that the CIA wants to get a hold of Haroon. So what happens? He takes off again, goes right to London. He isn't arrested when he lands, he isn't arrested when he leaves... He's on the watch list. The only reason he could get away with that was if he was working for British intelligence. He was a wanted man."

Loftus' information is backed up by the New York Times and CNN who reported on this incident also.

We have seen this many times before and have continued to expose this kind of activity. Mr Aswat is not the only "Al Qaeda operative" who has been protected While in the US - the 19 9/11 hijackers and their associate Zaccharias Moussaoui seem to have been as well. FBI Agent Robert Wright blew the whistle on obstruction of counterterrorism investigations targeting Hamas and al-Qaeda before 911. The sabotage by the highest levels in the FBI of Coleen Rowley's desperate attempt to investigate Moussaoui, for instance, is a striking parallel to the "hands-off" order regarding Aswat, and it's far from being the only one. The CIA met with Bin Laden in July 2001 in a Dubai hospital where he was being treated for Kidney problems. They gleaned detailed information regarding possible massive terror attacks on the US, yet Bin Laden was allowed to slip away (either that or he passed away). Bin Laden is or was a known CIA Asset.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, mysteriously arrested as the alleged mastermind behind the September 11 plot, was granted a visa to enter the US just six weeks before the terrorist attacks in Washington and New York. The American Al Qaeda operative, Iyman Faris, who planned to bring down the Brooklyn Bridge was also revealed to be an FBI operative. We also have several other reports staing how the men used as hijackers on the planes on 911 were monitored before the event and allowed to enter the US. They were even trained at US flight schools.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

After 911 these so called terrorists have been allowed to go on with business as usual, despite the "war on terror" and in many instances have been protected. It seems that the authorities find it more useful to restrict the liberties of law abiding citizens by introducing draconian restrictive laws such as the Patriot act and Free speech zoning, whilst allowing those they label as terrorists to go undetected.

Haroon Rashid Aswat allegedly left London for Pakistan on July 6, one day before the London bombing. He was then arrested in Pakistan, but released AGAIN within 24 hours. He reportedly traveled to Zimbabwe and then Zambia, where he may have been arrested again (conflicting reports). Why does the so called mastermind of 7/7 keep being released and allowed to slip away? It the same type of operation over and over again.

-----

FULL TRANSCRIPT: The July 29 edition of FOX News Channel's Day Side

programme:

MIKE JERRICK [FOX NEWS]: John Loftus is a terrorism expert and a former prosecutor for the Justice Department. John, good to see you again. So real quickly here, have you heard anything about this Osman Hussain who was just picked up in Rome? You know that name at all?

JOHN LOFTUS: Yeah, all these guys should be going back to an organization called Al-Muhajiroun, which means The Emigrants. It was the recruiting arm of Al-Qaeda in London; they specialized in recruiting kids whose families had emigrated to Britain but who had British passports. And they would use them for terrorist work.

JERRICK: So a couple of them now have Somali connections?

LOFTUS: Yeah, it was not unusual. Somalia, Eritrea, the first group of course were primarily Pakistani. But what they had in common was they were all emigrant groups in Britain, recruited by this Al-Muhajiroun group. They were headed by the, Captain Hook, the imam in London the Finsbury Mosque, without the arm. He was the head of that organization. Now his assistant was a guy named Aswat, Haroon Rashid Aswat.

JERRICK: Aswat, who they picked up.

LOFTUS: Right, Aswat is believed to be the mastermind of all the bombings in London.

JERRICK: On 7/7 and 7/21, this is the guy we think.

LOFTUS: This is the guy, and what's really embarrassing is that the entire British police are out chasing him, and one wing of the British government,

MI6 or the British Secret Service, has been hiding him. And this has been a real source of contention between the CIA, the Justice Department, and Britain.

JERRICK: MI6 has been hiding him. Are you saying that he has been working for them?

LOFTUS: Oh I'm not saying it. This is what the Muslim sheik said in an interview in a British newspaper back in 2001.

JERRICK: So he's a double agent, or was?

LOFTUS: He's a double agent.

JERRICK: So he's working for the Brits to try to give them information about Al-Qaeda, but in reality he's still an Al-Qaeda operative.

LOFTUS: Yeah. The CIA and the Israelis all accused MI6 of letting all these terrorists live in London not because they're getting Al-Qaeda information, but for appeasement. It was one of those you leave us alone, we leave you alone kind of things.

JERRICK: Well we left him alone too long then.

LOFTUS: Absolutely. Now we knew about this guy Aswat. Back in 1999 he came to America. The Justice Department wanted to indict him in Seattle because him and his buddy were trying to set up a terrorist training school in Oregon.

JERRICK: So they indicted his buddy, right? But why didn't they indict him?

LOFTUS: Well it comes out, we've just learned that the headquarters of the US Justice Department ordered the Seattle prosecutors not to touch Aswat.

JERRICK: Hello? Now hold on, why?

LOFTUS: Well, apparently Aswat was working for British intelligence. Now Aswat's boss, the one-armed Captain Hook, he gets indicted two years later.

So the guy above him and below him get indicted, but not Aswat. Now there's a split of opinion within US intelligence. Some people say that the British intelligence fibbed to us. They told us that Aswat was dead, and that's why the New York group dropped the case. That's not what most of the Justice Department thinks. They think that it was just again covering up for this very publicly affiliated guy with Al-Muhajiroun. He was a British intelligence plant. So all of a sudden he disappears. He's in South Africa.

We think he's dead; we don't know he's down there. Last month the South African Secret Service come across the guy. He's alive.

JERRICK: Yeah, now the CIA says, oh he's alive. Our CIA says OK let's arrest him. But the Brits say no again?

LOTFUS: The Brits say no. Now at this point, two weeks ago, the Brits know that the CIA wants to get a hold of Haroon. So what happens? He takes off again, goes right to London. He isn't arrested when he lands, he isn't arrested when he leaves.

JERRICK: Even though he's on a watch list.

LOFTUS: He's on the watch list.The only reason he could get away with that was if he was working for British intelligence. He was a wanted man.

JERRICK: And then takes off the day before the bombings, I understand it--

LOFTUS: And goes to Pakistan.

JERRICK: And Pakistan, they jail him.

LOFTUS: The Pakistanis arrest him. They jail him. He's released within 24 hours. Back to Southern Africa, goes to Zimbabwe and is arrested in Zambia.

Now the US--

JERRICK: Trying to get across the--

LOFTUS: --we're trying to get our hands on this guy.

JERRICK: John, hang around. I have so many questions now.

LOFTUS: Oh, this is a bad one....

[commercial break]

JERRICK: On the phone with us, Mansoor Ijaz; Mansoor you know very well here at Fox News Channel and Dayside. Mansoor, real quickly here, you spent so much time in London, you're probably not that as impressed as I am about how fast Scotland Yard has worked on this case. So impressive, so successful.

Why?

MANSOOR IJAZ: Well there are two things that a lot of domestic intelligence agencies don't around the world. One is an extraordinarily detailed database of information, and that database is buttressed by the fact that they have these photos, the graphic images of the faces of the people that they were looking for. So it saved them a lot of time when they got the forensic evidence, like fingerprints or other things that indicated where they could actually go find these people. Because remember, there was a lot of data left on the stuff these guys left behind from the failed bombing attack, and that's what helped to really unravel the cell. Now--

JERRICK: I guess--go ahead, Mansoor.

IJAZ: Now I think there's one very important thing that I think everybody needs to know. And that is that the cellular structure that this new breed of Al-Qaeda people have is such that there is not a clear indication that they all knew each other as much as it is that they had some sort of central control still sitting outside of the framework. Whether that's in a foreign country or a place that is removed from Britain and other place in Europe, that's what we're still looking for. But it's very clear now that these cellular structures were operating independent of each other, but with knowledge that something else was in fact planned in the pipeline.

JERRICK: Real quick, Mansoor. In that regard, maybe a ringleader could be this Haroon Aswat. What do you know about him?

IJAZ: Well, he's a pretty bad guy, and I think your previous guest gave the best assessment of who he is. He's the right hand man of the Al-Muhajiroun leader in London, and has been organizing and planning for some time. And I don't want to minimize the effect of the arrest in Rome, because what that indicates is that the cellular structure is elsewhere and we all know that Italy is a big target on their list.

JERRICK: OK, speaking of him, back to the comments by our John Loftus a little while ago. A question from the audience for you, John. Go ahead.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: Hi Mr Loftus. I recently read a book by Morris Dees called The Gathering Storm, and it talks about extremist militia groups in the United States and how they might be manipulated by some people's rhetoric, very similar to Aswat in London. What do you think the US is doing to prevent terrorist attacks on our own soil that happen--

JERRICK: You're worried about it here?

AUDIENCE MEMBER: Yes, sir.

LOFTUS: The US government's doing a great job. We arrested the New York branch of Al-Muhajiroun two years ago. We found the subway bombers with the plans to blow up two different subway stations in New York City. The rest of the group is under surveillance. But the US was used by Al-Muhajiroun for training of people to send to Kosovo. What ties all these cells together was, back in the late 1990s, the leaders all worked for British intelligence in Kosovo. Believe it or not, British intelligence actually hired some Al-Qaeda guys to help defend the Muslim rights in Albania and in Kosovo.

That's when Al-Muhajiroun got started.

IJAZ: Which is by the way why we know so much about them right now.

LOFTUS: Yes, I'm afraid so. The CIA was funding the operation to defend the Muslims, British intelligence was doing the hiring and recruiting. Now we have a lot of detail on this because Captain Hook, the head of Al-Muhajiroun, he sidekick was Bakri Mohammed, another cleric. And back on October 16, 2001, he gave a detailed interview with al-Sharq al-Aswat, an Arabic newspaper in London, describing the relationship between British intelligence and the operations in Kosovo and Al-Muhajiroun. So that's how we get all these guys connected. It started in Kosovo, Haroon was 31 years old, he came on about 1995.

JERRICK: OK. Here's another question for you.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: Hello, John. With the quid-pro-quo relationship that London obviously had with these terrorists early on, what changed that caused them to all of a sudden get away from the you leave us alone, we'll leave you alone situation?

LOFTUS: The Israelis say that the truce went on for years. Guys from Al-Muhajiroun for example would bring suicide bombers to Israel to blow up Mike's Place. There was a definite link there. And yet the trainer, Sadiki Al Kahn, was able to go back to Britain and not be touched. What the Israelis believe happened is that Usama Bin Laden got desperate, and he said burn all our bridges--let's turn on the British. Break the truce, start the bombs.

JERRICK: Speaking of Usama Bin Laden, Mansoor, real quickly, maybe Scotland Yard and those folks over there, the Brits, should be looking for Usama Bin Laden. They seem to be so successful.

LOFTUS: The British police do a remarkable job.

IJAZ: Well, that's an interesting comment. The fact of the matter is, when you're dealing with it in your own backyard, and you have the computer infrastructure set up in such a way that you can immediately track these kinds of things that are in your backyard, it's a very different game from tracking them on places where we don't even have mountain maps any more of how the whole thing looks. So that's really what the fundamental problem is.

If you'll permit me, I just want to, Mike, make one other very quick point.

JERRICK: Mansoor, can you hang over, do you have time hang over for a 30-second break here? John Loftus, got to cut you loose but thanks for the info. Boy, interesting stuff John...

[commercial break]

JERRICK: We have some more information from our Mansoor Ijaz, Fox News Foreign Affairs Analyst. Mansoor, still on the phone with me?

IJAZ: Yeah, I'm here with you Mike.

JERRICK: Talk about your information from British intel.

IJAZ: Well, let's not characterize the sources quite that way, but I've talked to some people who are analyzing what came out of the raids today, and there's a great deal of concern about the fact that there may be in fact a desire of these cells to move beyond transit systems as the target. And what specifically they found was evidence that indicates they're looking at now places where there are large collections of people, where they can actually take shopping bags and other large carrying bags of sorts without raising a lot of suspicion. Obviously shopping malls come immediately to mind, but it's important for everybody to know that London was planning on having a large I think it's a City Fair or something like that, I don't know what exactly it's called. They've now decided to go ahead with that, but it's obviously going to be much more scrutinized than it would have been before. Now London doesn't in general have a lot of large shopping malls, but they do have large concentrations of people in places at certain times during the week, and that's what apparently now has become the target, one of the new targets of these terrorist cells.

JERRICK: So Mansoor, when you hear that we have four for four, or four for five of these 7/21 bombers, nobody should fool themselves. This thing isn't over.

IJAZ: That is precisely the point I wanted to make sure everybody understood--that the authorities, the people that are worried about this and that are analyzing the data out of what they're getting in these raids, are basically saying we may have just hit the tip of the iceberg. This is not over by a long shot.

JERRICK: Mansoor, thank you for making that perfectly clear. Talk to you soon.


Balkans: CIA Probes Possible Kosovo Links To London Blasts

Released : Jul 25, 2005 7:02 PM

by Vesna Peric Zimonjic

BELGRADE, Jul. 25, 2005 (IPS/GIN) -- The Balkans could be a "springboard" for terrorist attacks in Europe like those in London, a senior regional analyst says.

"This is not a region that could become a target for terrorists," analyst Zoran Dragisic told IPS. "It's rather that the spot might be used as the springboard for Europe."

There are strong reasons for such fears, he says. The U.S.-backed wars that led to the disintegration of former Yugoslavia brought in arms, drugs and people smugglers of all kinds from all over the world. The region was flooded with weapons and ammunition.

And with this abundance of arms there was a strong al-Qaeda presence.

"Al-Qaeda sent its followers to fight side by side with fellow Muslims in Bosnia in 1992-95," Dragisic said. "Later on, it helped ethnic Albanians in 1997-98. There is data showing that al-Qaeda invested up to 700 million dollars in the Kosovo uprising."

CIA director Porter Goss quietly visited Bosnian capital Sarajevo earlier this month.

Serbian media have prominently reported a statement by leading British military and defence analyst Paul Beaver that "a part of the investigation dealing with the London blasts is aimed at links between radical Islamists in Bosnia and Kosovo with international terrorist groups."

In the war years the Liberation Army of Kosovo (KLA) and Muslim federations developed close links with the criminal mafias in Albania, he told Serbian media.

"These clans are involved in drugs and arms smuggling," he said. "The cooperation did not cease, and that is why the director of CIA Porter Goss recently visited both Sarajevo and the Albanian capital Tirana to express grave concerns of Washington because of their cooperation with radical Islamic groups."

The war ended ten years ago, but Dragisic and other experts say that illegal arms trade and training are continuing across the Balkans, particularly in Bosnia and Kosovo, which is run by the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) but dominated by the Albanian mafia.

A U.S.-backed armed uprising by mostly Muslim Albanians in Kosovo against Serbian forces led to 70 days of NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999, which was fatal to hundreds of civilians. Serb security forces left Kosovo and UNMIK took over, looking the other way as Albanians went on a vengeful rampage that killed hundred of Serbs and drove out 200,000.

Bosnia remains suspect in many ways over links with Islamic movements, a Western diplomat told IPS. "During the war Bosnia was used as a place for laundering of identities, a spot for Islamic militants to put a foot into the doors of Europe."

The business of laundering of identities was well known in Bosnia during the war. Islamic fighters came from the Middle East, northern Africa or Afghanistan, often giving fictitious names, a fact that the western media deliberately ignored.

A brigade named 'Al Mujahedin' made up from these fighters became a part of the Bosnian army. Many Islamic fighters married Bosnian women and got new papers after the war. Some of them still live in close-knit communities in central Bosnia, refusing contact with reporters.

The Bosnian ministry for civil affairs says at least 900 men acquired Bosnian passports in this way since 1995. Six of them were extradited to U.S. authorities and transferred to the Guantanamo Bay military base following the attacks on New York and Pentagon in 2001.

Dozens of humanitarian aid organisations funded by Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia and Indonesia have been banned from Bosnia after being identified as fronts for "suspicious organisations", a senior Bosnian official said.


http://www.thenewamerican.com/artman/publish/article_1955.shtml

THE NEW AMERICAN (USA)

London Bombings: More Balkans Blow-back?
by William Norman Grigg

August 1, 2005

Who is "al-Qaeda of Europe," the previously unknown terrorist group claiming responsibility for the murderous London bombings? Three of the suspected suicide bombers (all killed in the explosions) were immigrants from Pakistan: Mohammed Sidique Khan, 30; Hasib Hussain, 19; and Shehzad Tanweer, 22. Not immediately found was a fourth suspect, designated in some accounts as the presumed "master bomber."

A story in the London-based Financial Times quoted a top British explosives expert who claimed that the nature of the London explosions "suggests that the perpetrators acquired either military or high-quality commercial explosives, possibly from Eastern Europe." According to Christophe Chaboud, head of the French security service's Anti-terrorist Co-ordination Unit, "The use of military explosives is very worrying.... How did they procure them? Either they were supplied by the underground market, for example from the Balkans, or they benefited from accomplices who removed explosives from a military base."

It's worth recalling that, thanks to U.S. intervention, the Balkans have become a haven for radical Islamist terrorist organizations. This is particularly true of the former Yugoslav provinces of Bosnia and Kosovo.

During the three-sided Bosnian civil war, which pitted Serbs, Croats, and Bosnian Muslims against each other, the Clinton administration actively supported Bosnian Jihadists aligned with both Iran and Osama bin Laden.

During the 1999 bombing of Serbia, Washington provided intelligence and material support to the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), a Marxist narco-terrorist group closely allied to bin Laden. Incredibly, this took place after al-Qaeda's 1998 attacks against our embassies in Kenya and Tanzania - and despite the fact that the KLA had been officially designated as a terrorist group by the State Department.

Also worth remembering is the fact that Sanel Sjekirika, accused by Spanish authorities of being the "mastermind" of the murderous March 2004 rail station bombing in Madrid, was from Bosnia.


French UCLAT Chief Notes Balkan Link to London Bombings

Defense & Foreign Affairs Special Analysis - July 18, 2005 Monday

Analysis. By Valentine Spyroglou, GIS. 

Christope Chaboud, the new commandant of the anti-terrorist unit of France (UCLAT: l'unite de coordination de la lutte anti-terroriste ], a unit of the French criminal police, Police Judiciaire (PJ) which specializes in the fight against terrorism, said on July 13, 2005, that the explosives used in the London terrorist bombings on July 7, 2005, were of military derivation and had come to the UK from Kosovo.

GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs had already known that the bombs used were based on former Yugoslav National Army (JNA) stocks of Semtex plastic explosive, and that subsequent to the London bombings, UK security officials flew to Belgrade to discuss the matter with Serbia-Montenegro security officials. GIS sources had said that the Semtex had originated from the Bosnian jihadist support network, although it is important to stress that the Bosnia-Kosovo-Albania-Raska (Southern Serbia) jihadist net functions as a single operational zone.

See:

Defense & Foreign Affairs Special Analysis, July 8, 2005: London Bombings:
Initial Observations .

Defense & Foreign Affairs Special Analysis, July 11, 2005: Additional Evidence of Support for Terrorists, Violations of Arms Trafficking Laws by New Bosnian Ambassador to US .

Defense & Foreign Affairs Special Analysis, July 13, 2005: Despite Firm Linkages to 9/11, Madrid, and London Attacks, Bosnian Jihadist Networks Remain "Out of Bounds" .

Sources within the Greek security agencies -- which have extremely good access in the Balkans and are very activated in the region -- after the London bombings told GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs that "for years" they had given information to their allies for the activity and the danger derived by the Islamists in Bosnia and Kosovo and Albania; although there is no reciprocation on their part (ie: the allies do not respond by providing intelligence on the jihadists to the Greek security agencies). Furthermore, the Greek security sources stated that "a month ago and after information derived from the Greek agencies and the Greek military force in KFOR, CIA and MI-6 disarticulated three cells of al-Qaida in their common operation held in Kosovo. They had also found contemporary armament and military plastic explosives. A comparison was held between the oddments of the explosives in London, and the explosives found in Kosovo one month [earlier]." For the results, the agency simply told GIS that they only needed to be asked.

By way of background: on July 27, 2000, beginning at 05:30 hrs, a common operation was held in Greece by the Greek agencies and the US Army under the code name Fuente . The Greek patrol of the Special Forces, discovered, based on information which directed them to the site, a clandestine cache with many armaments and explosives on Kourkoulitsa mountain, in the Greek Peleponnese, near the village Nepodible (as transliterated). Among other things, there were sniper weapons, and manportable rockets of contemporary technology. Also, there were found electronic devices which could simultaneously detonate remote-controlled explosive devices in different locations from a distance of many kilometres.

The US Forces had kept the remote control devices and the explosives for further investigation.

The Greek officers continued independent research, and they concluded that these derived from a country in the Middle East, which had supplied them to Islamists via the Albanian network of UCK (KLA: Kosovo Liberation Army). The Greek Force has arrested three times fundamentalists in Kosovo, and has handed them over to the US.

The Greek agencies focus in the area of Sanzak (Raska) in southern Serbia and northern Montenegro, and they consider that there are located important cells of fundamentalists which had planned strikes against Europe. Since 1996, jihadist terrorists from Bosnia-Herzegovina have been located in Sanzak. The Greek agencies have information that many terrorist attacks against the Caucasus and Europe derive from there, and it operates as a directorate of al-Qaida .

At the same time, and while the memorial events were taking place for the victims of Srebrenica, former US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Holbrook stated that the Orthodox Serbian Church was hiding the Bosnian Serb fugitives Radovan Karadzic and Gen. Ratko Mladic. On July 8, 2005, the NATO forces in Bosnia arrested the son of former Pres. Karadzic, Aleksandar "Sasa" Karadzic, in order to put pressure on the former President for his arrest.

Another important issue emerging are the charges against Greek citizens for alleged involvement in the alleged massacres in Srebrenica. This issue remains secret within the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the Greek Government at this point, although the (ICTY) sent a confidential report in the Greek Government at the beginning of July 2005 on the possible role of Greek volunteers who fought in Srebrenica.

See:

Defense & Foreign Affairs Special Analysis, June 17, 2005: Srebrenica and the Politics of War Crimes .

Defense & Foreign Affairs Special Analysis, July 13, 2005: Researchers and Former UN Officials Challenge Portrayal of Events at Srebrenica.


www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=CHO20050801&articleId=782

CENTRE FOR RESEARCH ON GLOBALISATION (CANADA)

London 7/7 Terror Suspect Linked to British Intelligence?

by Michel Chossudovsky

August 1, 2005

A British citizen named Haroon Rashid Aswat, living in Lusaka, Zambia is wanted for questioning in relation to the 7/7 London bomb attacks.

Haroon Rashid Aswat comes from the same town in West Yorkshire, Dewsbury, where three of the alleged bombers lived. "He is suspected of visiting the bombers in the weeks before the attacks." (New Republic, 8 August 2005).

"Scotland Yard declined to shed any light on claims Mr Aswat was the possible mastermind of the July 7 attacks."

Haroon Rachid Aswat is said to have played a central role in the London attacks:

"Cell phone records show around 20 calls between him and the 7/7 gang, leading right up to those attacks, which were exactly three weeks ago." (Fox News, 28 July 2005)

Links to British Intelligence?

The same source (Fox News) which presents Aswat as the "mastermind", also points to Aswat's relationship to British and US intelligence, through a British based Islamic organization Al-Muhajiroun.

In an interview with Fox News (29 July 2005), intelligence expert John Loftus revealed that Haroon Rashid Aswat had connections to the British Secret Service MI-6 (emphasis added): "the entire British police are out chasing him, and one wing of the British government, MI-6 or the British Secret Service, has been hiding him... "

The Loftus interview suggests that the suspect was being used either as an informer or a "double agent":

MIKE JERRICK [FOX NEWS]: John Loftus is a terrorism expert and a former prosecutor for the Justice Department. John, good to see you again. So real quickly here, have you heard anything about this Osman Hussain who was just picked up in Rome? You know that name at all?

JOHN LOFTUS: Yeah, all these guys should be going back to an organization called Al-Muhajiroun, which means The Emigrants. It was the recruiting arm of Al-Qaeda in London; they specialized in recruiting kids whose families had emigrated to Britain but who had British passports. And they would use them for terrorist work.

JERRICK: So a couple of them now have Somali connections?

LOFTUS: Yeah, it was not unusual. Somalia, Eritrea, the first group of course were primarily Pakistani. But what they had in common was they were all emigrant groups in Britain, recruited by this Al-Muhajiroun group. They were headed by the, Captain Hook, the imam in London the Finsbury Mosque, without the arm. He was the head of that organization. Now his assistant was a guy named Aswat, Haroon Rashid Aswat.

JERRICK: Aswat, who they picked up.

LOFTUS: Right, Aswat is believed to be the mastermind of all the bombings in London.

JERRICK: On 7/7 and 7/21, this is the guy we think.

LOFTUS: This is the guy, and what's really embarrassing is that the entire British police are out chasing him, and one wing of the British government,

MI6 or the British Secret Service, has been hiding him. And this has been a real source of contention between the CIA, the Justice Department, and Britain.

JERRICK: MI6 has been hiding him. Are you saying that he has been working for them?

LOFTUS: Oh I'm not saying it. This is what the Muslim sheik said in an interview in a British newspaper back in 2001.

JERRICK: So he's a double agent, or was?

LOFTUS: He's a double agent.

JERRICK: So he's working for the Brits to try to give them information about Al-Qaeda, but in reality he's still an Al-Qaeda operative.

LOFTUS: Yeah. The CIA and the Israelis all accused MI 6 of letting all these terrorists live in London not because they're getting Al-Qaeda information, but for appeasement. It was one of those you leave us alone, we leave you alone kind of things.

JERRICK: Well we left him alone too long then.

LOFTUS: Absolutely. Now we knew about this guy Aswat. Back in 1999 he came to America. The Justice Department wanted to indict him in Seattle because him and his buddy were trying to set up a terrorist training school in Oregon.

JERRICK: So they indicted his buddy, right? But why didn't they indict him?

LOFTUS: Well it comes out, we've just learned that the headquarters of the US Justice Department ordered the Seattle prosecutors not to touch Aswat.

JERRICK: Hello? Now hold on, why?

LOFTUS: Well, apparently Aswat was working for British intelligence. Now Aswat's boss, the one-armed Captain Hook, he gets indicted two years later.

So the guy above him and below him get indicted, but not Aswat. Now there's a split of opinion within US intelligence. Some people say that the British intelligence fibbed to us. They told us that Aswat was dead, and that's why the New York group dropped the case. That's not what most of the Justice Department thinks. They think that it was just again covering up for this very publicly affiliated guy with Al-Muhajiroun. He was a British intelligence plant. So all of a sudden he disappears. He's in South Africa.

We think he's dead; we don't know he's down there. Last month the South African Secret Service come across the guy. He's alive.

JERRICK: Yeah, now the CIA says, oh he's alive. Our CIA says OK let's arrest him. But the Brits say no again?

LOTFUS: The Brits say no. Now at this point, two weeks ago, the Brits know that the CIA wants to get a hold of Haroon. So what happens? He takes off again, goes right to London. He isn't arrested when he lands, he isn't arrested when he leaves.

JERRICK: Even though he's on a watch list.

LOFTUS: He's on the watch list.The only reason he could get away with that was if he was working for British intelligence. He was a wanted man.

JERRICK: And then takes off the day before the bombings, I understand it--

LOFTUS: And goes to Pakistan.

JERRICK: And Pakistan, they jail him.

LOFTUS: The Pakistanis arrest him. They jail him. He's released within 24 hours. Back to Southern Africa, goes to Zimbabwe and is arrested in Zambia.

Now the US--

JERRICK: Trying to get across the--

LOFTUS: --we're trying to get our hands on this guy.

JERRICK: John, hang around. I have so many questions now.

LOFTUS: Oh, this is a bad one....

(Fox News, 29 July 2005, emphasis added)

The interview conveys the impression that there were "disagreements" between American, British and Israeli intelligence officials on how to handle the matter. It also suggests that "the Brits" might have misled their US intelligence counterpart.

More substantively, what this interview reveals is something which news coverage on the London 7/7 attacks has carefully ignored, namely the longstanding relationship of Western intelligence agencies to a number of Islamic organizations. In this specific case we are dealing with a British based organization Al-Muhajiroun.

Amply confirmed by official documents, Al Qaeda was a creation of the US intelligence apparatus. Both the CIA and its British counterpart MI-6 are known to have links to Al Qaeda operatives.

The Kosovo Connection

In the Balkans in the 1990s, both US, British and German intelligence (BND) were involved in training the Kosocvo Liberation Army (KLA), which was also being supported by Al Qaeda.

Mujahideen mercenaries from the Middle East and Central Asia were recruited to fight in the ranks of the KLA in 1998-99, largely supporting NATO's war effort.

According to a report published in 1999, the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) had approached M-I6 to arrange a training program for the KLA:

"MI-6 then sub-contracted the operation to two British security companies, who in turn approached a number of former members of the (22 SAS) regiment.

Lists were then drawn up of weapons and equipment needed by the KLA." While these covert operations were continuing, serving members of 22 SAS Regiment, mostly from the unit's D Squadron, were first deployed in Kosovo before the beginning of the bombing campaign in March [1999].(The Scotsman, Edinburgh, 29 August 1999).

While British SAS Special Forces in bases in Northern Albania were training the KLA, military instructors from Turkey and Afghanistan, financed by the "Islamic jihad", were collaborating in training the KLA in guerrilla and diversion tactics .("Kosovo in Crisis", http://www.truthinmedia.org/, 2 April 1999)."Bin Laden had visited Albania himself. He was one of several fundamentalist groups that had sent units to fight in Kosovo.. Bin Laden is believed to have established an operation in Albania in 1994. ( Sunday Times, 29 Nov 1998)

Haroon Rachid Aswat belonged to Al Muhajiroun, which was involved in the recruitment of Mujahideen in Britain. The latter were also sent to Kosovo to fight in the KLA in support of the NATO-US led war: .

LOFTUS: .....But the US was used by Al-Muhajiroun for training of people to send to Kosovo. What ties all these cells together was, back in the late 1990s, the leaders all worked for British intelligence in Kosovo. Believe it or not, British intelligence actually hired some Al-Qaeda guys to help defend the Muslim rights in Albania and in Kosovo. That's when Al-Muhajiroun got started.

IJAZ: Which is by the way why we know so much about them right now.

LOFTUS: Yes, I'm afraid so. The CIA was funding the operation to defend the Muslims, British intelligence was doing the hiring and recruiting. Now we have a lot of detail on this because Captain Hook, the head of Al-Muhajiroun, he sidekick was Bakri Mohammed, another cleric. And back on October 16, 2001, he gave a detailed interview with al-Sharq al-Aswat, an Arabic newspaper in London, describing the relationship between British intelligence and the operations in Kosovo and Al-Muhajiroun. So that's how we get all these guys connected. It started in Kosovo, Haroon was 31 years old, he came on about 1995.

The Pakistan Connection

In the last couple of weeks, the London 7/7 police investigation has focussed on a "Pakistani connection": the alleged British bombers are said to have visited Pakistan. While in Pakistan, they allegedly had contacts with several Islamic organizations, including a madrassa (coranic school) controlled by Islamic fundamentalists. They allegedly also had contacts with the two main Kashmir rebel groups Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Toiba.

Two of the British bombers, Khan and Tanweer, were allegedly "associated with Jaish -e-Mohammed or one of its splinter groups" (India Today, 1 August 2005):

"In Pakistan, [British] police are painstakingly analyzing the mobile phone records of the two 7/7 suspects who visited the country. While officials stress that it is a tedious process, it has already yielded the name of at least one significant suspect: Masoud Azhar, leader of the Jaish -e-Mohammed (Army of Mohammed). (Christian Science Monitor, 1 August, 2005).

Both Jaish and Lashkar are said to have links to Al Qaeda.

The Role Of Pakistan's Military Intelligence

In their endeavours to uncover these various links to Pakistan based terrorist organizations, British police investigators sought the collaboration of Pakistan's Military Intelligence (ISI).

While collaborating in the British investigation, Pakistan's Military Intelligence is known to have actively supported and financed the Kasmir rebel groups, which allegedly had contacts with the London bombers.

The ISI was instrumental in the creation of the militant Jammu and Kashmir Hizbul Mujahideen (JKHM) in the late 1980s. (See K. Subrahmanyam, "Pakistan is Pursuing Asian Goals", India Abroad, 3 November 1995). It has also supported the other two main Pakistan-based Kashmir rebel groups, Lashkar-e-Taiba, (Army of the Pure) and Jaish-e-Muhammad (Army of Mohammed), which claimed responsibility for the attacks on the Indian parliament in October 2001.

See Council on Foreign Relations, "Terrorism: Questions and Answers, Harakat ul-Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Muhammad", http://www.terrorismanswers.com/groups/harakat2.html, Washington 2002.)

Moreover, according to intelligence sources and the FBI, the ISI also provided support to the alleged 9/11 hijackers. (See http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO111A.html )

Concluding remarks

The Fox News report raises some very serious considerations.

Haroon Rachid Aswat was reportedly in London for two weeks before the July 7 attacks, "fleeing just before the explosions".

If Haroon Rashid Aswat had been working for MI-6, as suggested by intelligence analyst John Loftus, his movements and whereabouts, including his contacts with the alleged Yorkshire bomber, might have been known to British intelligence.

The nature of Haroon Aswar's links to Western intelligence agencies inevitably has a bearing on the conduct of the police investigation.

The broader role of Al-Muhajiroun since its creation in the 1990s, as well as its alleged links to MI-6 requires careful review.

Pakistan's ISI should not, for obvious reasons, be involved in the police investigation. In fact, Pakistan's ISI should be the object of the investigation in view of its documented links to the terror network, including Al Qaeda..

More generally, the intelligence agencies including M-I6 should not be involved in the police investigation. A independent public inquiry should be launched as demanded by the Conservative opposition.

Michel Chossudovsky is Professor of Economics at the University of Ottawa and Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG).


Serbian terrorism expert warns of Wahhabi presence in Bosnia, Kosovo

BBC Monitoring Europe (Political) - July 18, 2005, Monday

Text of report by Dragana Bokan entitled "Islamic state in the Balkans"

published by the Serbian newspaper Borba on 11 July

"Wahhabism is a reformist movement. Its goal is to return to orthodox Islam and purge the faith of the so-called novelties and of everything that has infiltrated the faith through custom. They are thus fighting against everything that throughout history has enriched the Islamic culture and tradition," Radoslav Gacinovic, an expert in national security and the fight against international terrorism, said at the start of his interview for Borba. He added:

"Wahhabis believe that every Muslim should look like Muhammad and his Ashabs [contemporaries]. Their appearance, customs and behaviour make them easy to recognize. They grow long beards, their hair is short, and they usually wear ankle-length trousers. They do not talk or socialize much and do not communicate with neighbours who are not their followers."

Gacinovic, when asked to what degree Wahhabism was present in this region, said that the Arab office of "Taleban-Internationalism" [as published - presumably erroneous transcription of Taybah International], officially a humanitarian organization, took the credit for the settlement of these dangerous warriors in the territory of former Yugoslavia.

"For example, Bosnia-Hercegovina in the period between 1989 and 2002 saw the arrival of tens of thousands of foreigners who came from Arab countries.

According to official data, around 30,000 did not officially leave Bosnia-Hercegovina and nobody knows where they are. It is assumed that among them is a large number of Wahhabis who through the SDA [Party for Democratic Action] were granted B-H citizenship and settled in Bosnia-Hercegovina. If, however, we add to this number the mujahidin who fought with the Muslim army and received top decorations, citizenship and permanent residence, then their message to the United States and the European Union is clear: they are here and are afraid of no one. Their presence in Bosnia-Hercegovina will strengthen the Islamic influence in Europe and blunt the international fight against terrorism," Gacinovic said.

He added that the mujahidin, together with the Wahhabis, in Bosnia-Hercegovina organized training camps in the village of Bocija [presumably erroneous transcription of Bocinja] on Mt Ozren. This mountain from a strategic point of view is very important because it is on the border between the [Bosnian] Serb Republic and the Muslim-Croat federation [Bosnia-Hercegovina Federation].

Eighty mujahidin families, with around 600 members, stayed in this village until 2001. Camps for the training of "world warriors" are also located in Mitrovici village near Zavidovici, in Fojnica near Sarajevo, and in the vicinity of Zenica. The village of Gradacak of late has become a major Wahhabi stronghold.

It may be stated with certainty that Wahhabis are present in Bosnia-Hercegovina and that they are enjoying the support of the Bosnian Salafis [Islamic purists ]. This was confirmed by the statement three years ago by Senad Agic, the chief imam of the Islamic Community in the United States. Agic warned that one in a hundred Muslims in Bosnia-Hercegovina was a member of the Wahhabi movement and a follower of Wahhabi teachings.

Considering that they are spreading quite aggressively, their number in Bosnia-Hercegovina at present is much bigger. Imam Agic in his statement warned Muslims in the world with the following words:

"If we do nothing, Wahhabis are going to cost us our lives."

"Even the Muslim religious dignitaries in Bosnia-Hercegovina have called for the rejection of the Wahhabist teaching, while the Muslim state institutions in Bosnia have continued to tolerate the Wahhabi movement in Bosnia-Hercegovina. High Representative in Bosnia-Hercegovina Paddy Ashdown, in spite of all the information about the real presence of 'holy warriors'

in Bosnia-Hercegovina, claims that there is no Islamic terrorism in Bosnia, thus obfuscating the actual situation on the ground. This is slowing down the active international fight against terrorism," Gacinovic said.

According to Gacinovic, the Wahhabis' strategic goal is to expand and infiltrate the region with a Muslim population.

"We thus reasonably suspect that a certain number of Wahhabis are present in the Raska area and KiM [Kosovo-Metohija]. It is difficult to determine their number. Just the knowledge that they are there, however, is a serious warning and concern. They are recruiting young people who are dissatisfied and unemployed. Their target group in most cases is religiously semi-literate persons. Most of the recruits get support and financial aid from the Wahhabis. From the security aspect, we absolutely must not neglect and lose sight of this.

"Their activities must be under constant control of the SCG [Serbia-Montenegro ] security system. In my opinion, the goal of the Wahhabi movement is to create in phases an independent Islamic state in the Balkans.

"In the first phase, they will try to create a Wahhabi mass movement in Serbia, with most of the Muslim population in their movement. In the second phase, they will do their best to arm themselves and will be in continuous contact with Hizbullah International, the Islamic intelligence agency, which at any given moment will be able to provide them with any kind of help from the Muslims of the world.

"In the meantime they will become politically involved. They are already looking for a political leader who should be loyal to them and be an authority among the Muslim population. They will try to win elections and gain power; this would enable them to seek from many aspects the establishment of a Sandzak republic, while drawing on the experience of the terrorist OVK [Kosovo Liberation Army] in KiM. In the third phase, they will do everything to get the international community involved in a possible conflict; this, according to their plan, would be a transitional period pending Raska's secession from Serbia and the creation of a great Islamic state in the Balkans, stretching from Macedonia to Cazin in Bosnia-Hercegovina," Radoslav Gacinovic said at the end of his interview for Borba.

SOURCE: Borba, Belgrade, in Serbian 11 Jul 05 p 2


FROM ARCHIVES:

http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/VIN204A.html

CENTRE FOR RESEARCH ON GLOBALIZATION (CANADA)

U.S. supported al-Qaeda cells during Balkan Wars by Isabel Vincent

The National Post, March 15, 2002

Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda terrorist network has been active in the Balkans for years, most recently helping Kosovo rebels battle for independence from Serbia with the financial and military backing of the United States and NATO.

The claim that al-Qaeda played a role in the Balkan wars of the 1990s came from an alleged FBI document former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic presented in his defence before the Hague tribunal last week. Mr. Milosevic faces 66 counts of war crimes and genocide.

Although Hague prosecutors have challenged the veracity of the document, which Mr. Milosevic identified as a Congressional statement from the FBI dated last December, Balkan experts say the presence of al-Qaeda militants in Kosovo and Bosnia is well documented.

Today, al-Qaeda members are helping the National Liberation Army, a rebel group in Macedonia, fight the Skopje government in a bid for independence, military analysts say. Last week, Michael Steiner, the United Nations administrator in Kosovo, warned of "importing the Afghan danger to Europe"

because several cells trained and financed by al-Qaeda remain in the region.

"Many members of the Kosovo Liberation Army were sent for training in terrorist camps in Afghanistan," said James Bissett, former Canadian ambassador to Yugoslavia and an expert on the Balkans. "Milosevic is right.

There is no question of their participation in conflicts in the Balkans. It is very well documented."

The arrival in the Balkans of the so-called Afghan Arabs, who are from various Middle Eastern states and linked to al-Qaeda, began in 1992 soon after the war in Bosnia. According to Lenard Cohen, professor of political science at Simon Fraser University, mujahedeen fighters who travelled to Afghanistan to resist the Soviet occupation in the 1980s later "migrated to Bosnia hoping to assist their Islamic brethren in a struggle against Serbian [and for a time] Croatian forces."

The Bosnian Muslims welcomed their assistance. After the Bosnian war, "hundreds of Bosnian passports were provided to the mujahedeen by the Muslim-controlled government in Sarajevo," said Prof. Cohen in a recent article titled Bin Laden and the war in the Balkans. Many al-Qaeda members decided to stay in the region after marrying local Muslim women, he said.

They also set up secret terrorist training camps in Bosnia -- activities financed by the sale of opium produced in Afghanistan and secretly shipped through Turkey and Kosovo into central Europe.

In the years immediately before the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999, the al-Qaeda militants moved into Kosovo, the southern province of Serbia, to help ethnic Albanian extremists of the KLA mount their terrorist campaign against Serb targets in the region.

The mujahedeen "were financed by Saudi and United Arab Emirates money,"

said one Western military official, asking anonymity. "They were mercenaries who were not running the show in Kosovo, but were used by the KLA to do their dirty work."

The United States, which had originally trained the Afghan Arabs during the war in Afghanistan, supported them in Bosnia and then in Kosovo. When NATO forces launched their military campaign against Yugoslavia three years ago to unseat Mr. Milosevic, they entered the Kosovo conflict on the side of the KLA, which had already received "substantial" military and financial support from bin Laden's network, analysts say.

In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist strikes on the United States, NATO began to worry about the presence in the Balkans of the Islamist terrorist cells it had supported throughout the 1990s.

KIM Info-service ARCHIVE
2004 Archives: | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December
2005 Archives: |
January | February | March | April | May | June | July

More News Available on our:

Kosovo Daily News list (KDN)
KDN Archive

Earlier Newsletters can be found at: http://www.kosovo.net/erpkiminfo.html 
Photo Galleries of the March pogrom are available at: http://www.kosovo.net/pogrom.html


KIM Info-Service is distributing news on Kosovo related issues. The main focus of the Info-Service is the life of the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Serbian community in the Province of Kosovo and Metohija. KIM Info Service works in cooperation with www.serbian-translation.com as well as the Kosovo Daily News (KDN) News List

Disclaimer:
The views expressed by the authors of newspaper articles or other texts which are not official communiqués or news reports by the KIM Info service are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of the Serbian Orthodox Church

Additional information on Kosovo Serb Community may be found at: http://www.kosovo.net

If you want to unsubscribe go to the page: http://www.kosovo.net/erpkiminfo.html


Copyright 2004, KIM Info-Service

Subscribe to our mailing lists:

Our mailing lists: in English in Serbian