CNS News: More Evidence Emerges of Worldwide Iranian-Backed Terror Plotting

CNS News has published a very important analysis that shows that Iran’s terrorist plots–run through the Pasdaran and Hezbollah–aimed at Israel and the United States, have been uncovered in locales as diverse as Thailand, India, Kenya, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Cyprus, and Bulgaria.

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/more-evidence-emerges-worldwide-iranian-backed-terror-plotting

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Bulgaria terrorist attack live thread

Iran Bulletin is publishing a live thread of ongoing reports from the terrorist attack on a busload of Israeli terrorists in Bulgaria…It is very significant that this attack comes exactly 18 years to the day of an Iranian-sponsored Hezbollah attack on a Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1994_AMIA_bombing

1. The Times of Israel has some details on the attack:

7 die in attack on Israeli tourists in Bulgaria

Over 30 wounded in explosion on bus carrying Israelis inside Bourgas airport; Netanyahu says, ‘All signs point to Iran’

At least seven people were killed in an attack on an Israeli tour bus at the Sarafovo International Airport in the Bulgarian vacation city of Bourgas on Wednesday afternoon. Some news reports put the number of fatalities as high as 10.

According to initial reports, a bomb was placed in the bus, detonating to murderous effect. The impact was so strong as to damage two other buses nearby, also with Israelis on board. Some initial reports said the attack was a suicide bombing, but the preliminary investigation pointed to the bomb having been placed in a suitcase in the vehicle’s luggage hold.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/explosion-rocks-israeli-tour-bus-in-bulgaria/

2. From Fox News, Prime Minister Netanyahu is providing complete clarity as to who Israel believes is responsible for this barbaric attack:

Israel blames Iran for deadly bus explosion targeting Israeli tourists in Bulgaria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is promising a strong reaction after an attack on Israeli tourists that he says was carried out by Iran.

A bus carrying mostly Israeli youth in a Bulgaria exploded near an airport Wednesday, killing at least six people and wounding at least 32 others, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry said. Witnesses told Israeli media that the huge blast occurred soon after someone boarded the vehicle.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/07/18/bulgaria-bus-explosion-kills-3-israeli-tourists/

3. Here are the excellent Jerusalem Post stories on the attack, along with analysis:

7 dead in bombing of Israeli bus in Burgas

32 injured after attack on Israeli tour bus at the Burgas Airport in Bulgaria on 18th anniversary of Iran-sponsored bombing of Jewish center in Argentina; Bulgarian FM in touch with Liberman, headed to site.

In January, a suspicious package found on a bus carrying Israeli tourists from Turkey to Bulgaria led Israel to request boosted security for its citizens traveling in the country.

Israel has been concerned Hezbollah would try to attack Israelis overseas in connection with the fourth anniversary of the assassination of Hezbollah military commander Imad Mughniyeh, attributed to the Mossad.

http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=277989

PM: All signs point to Iran in Bulgaria attack

Netanyahu vows powerful response; Defense Minister Barak promises to find perpetrators of attack.

“All the signs lead to Iran. Only in the past few months we have seen Iranian attempts to attack Israelis in Thailand, India, Georgia, Kenya, Cyprus and other places,” Netanyahu said in a statement.

Former head of Israel’s Counterterrorism Bureau Brig.-Gen. (res.) Nitzan Nuriel said that Hezbollah and Iran could have recruited operatives from within Bulgaria’s Muslim community or crossed into the country from Turkey.

“Hezbollah has a presence in Bulgaria and there have been attempts that were thwarted there before,” Nuriel, who stepped down from his post earlier this year. “They could have relied on the local Muslim community or crossed into Bulgaria from Turkey. It is quite easy.”

http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=278001

Analysis: Attack recalls Argentina, but not quite

The attack on Israelis in Bulgaria has hallmarks of the Iran-sponsored Hezbollah, but some differences as well.

http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=278008

Barak: We will find perpetrators of Bulgaria attack

Defense Minister Ehud Barak vowed that Israel will find the perpetrators of Wednesday’s terrorist attack against Israeli civilians in Bulgaria.

http://www.jpost.com/Headlines/Article.aspx?id=278013

4. Bulgaria’s President says that there was no advance warning of the attack, including no warning from Israeli intelligence…

Bulgaria President: No Advance Intelligence by Mossad on Attack

Bulgarian authorities had a meeting with Israel’s intelligence service Mossad a month ago, but there was no warning of an expected attack, the president has said.

http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=141432

5. Now it is being reported that the suspect in the attack used a Michigan driver’s license…possibly a false ID, but given the extensive Muslim presence in Michigan, this should indeed raise questions…note also that authorities are still trying  to determine if the attack was a planted bomb or a suicide bombing…

Bombing suspect in attack that killed 8 on bus of Israeli tourists was carrying Michigan driver’s license, Bulgaria says

…the suspected attacker was carrying a Michigan driver’s license that was being sent to the FBI for authentication.

The Jerusalem Post reports that authorities believe the identification to be fake.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/07/18/bulgaria-bus-explosion-kills-3-israeli-tourists/?test=latestnews

6. Security Video of Bulgaria Islamikaze bomber

http://news.ibox.bg/news/id_2003650236

7. Now it turns out that the bomber had a fake ID from Michigan with a Baton Rouge, LA address. This seems like a pretty unsophisticated forgery, but, then again, a Bulgarian security agent is unlikely to know that Baton Rouge isn’t in Michigan…

Report: Suspected suicide bomber carried fake license with BR address

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov said a Michigan license carried by the suspected suicide attacker in the bombing of a bus carrying Israeli tourists was a fake. Reports indicate there was a Baton Rouge address on the license.

http://www.wafb.com/story/19065506/report-suspected-suicide-bomber-carried-fake-license-with-br-address

8. Worst of all: The Islamikaze bomber was a former Gitmo detainee that the US released…POLICY does matter. Bad policy results in dead good guys. The Jihadi, Mehdi Ghezali, should still be in prison in Gitmo awaiting nothing but death by old age. Instead, the PC crowd forces America to release these monsters and, of course, they return to Jihad and kill…It’s too bad that there is no mechanism for prosecuting the Swedish authorities who enabled this monster to commit these murders. Sweden should be ashamed…

Bulgarian press names bomber: Mehdi Ghezali

Terrorist said to have been a Swedish citizen with a history of Muslim extremist activities

Ghezali reportedly arrived in Bulgaria five weeks before the bombing and arrived at the airport via taxi, Channel 2 reported. He was also reportedly given the bomb by someone else, but no further details were provided.

He had been held at the US’s Guantanamo Bay detainment camp on Cuba from 2002 to 2004, having previously studied at a Muslim religious school and mosque in Britain, and traveled to Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, it says. He was taken into custody on suspicion of being an al-Qaeda agent, having been arrested along with a number of other al-Qaeda operatives.

Following a lobbying effort by Swedish prime minister Göran Persson, Guantanamo authorities recommended Ghezali be transferred to another country for continued detainment, and he was handed over to Swedish authorities in 2004. The Swedish government did not press charges.

A 2005 Swedish documentary about the Guantanamo Bay detention camp starred Ghezali, who detailed his experience in American custody.

He was also reportedly among 12 foreigners captured trying to cross into Afghanistan in 2009.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/bulgarian-press-names-suicide-bomber-who-killed-israelis-as-mehdi-ghezali/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=cheatsheet_afternoon&cid=newsletter%3Bemail%3Bcheatsheet_afternoon&utm_term=Cheat%20Sheet

Report: Iranian Unit 400 terror squad targeting Jewish, Israeli and Western targets in Turkey

Sky News is the UK is reporting that a special unit of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps al Quds Brigade has been deployed to Turkey with the intent of targeting Jewish, Israeli and Western targets for terrorist attacks.

The name of the special unit is “Unit 400.”

It would certainly not be the first time that Jihadists have used Turkey as a battleground for terrorist attacks on Western targets. And because Turkey has a large Islamist community, is essentially ruled by an Islamist party and has become decidedly anti-Israel since the Islamists came to power, a terrorist force like Unit 400 can find clandestine support and blend in to the landscape almost effortlessly.

Note also that Unit 400 has been named as plotting terrorist attacks in European nations and also in the USA. The US plot involved cooperation with Mexican drug cartels.

According to the report, the Iranian regime wants to use the Unit 400 attacks to send a signal to the West that Iran is highly capable of waging irregular warfare in the West should Iran be attacked over its nuclear program.

Unit 400 is a serious threat. These are highly-trained, professional operatives, not young Jihadis who have been duped into going Islamikaze by an Imam in some hell-hole mosque in a bad neighborhood.

http://news.sky.com/home/world-news/article/16199713

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JFK Airport Terror Plotter Linked to Iran

Two suspects were convicted in Manhattan for a terrorism conspiracy that revealed ties to Iran and Venezuela.

According to the trial evidence, the plot members attempted to enlist support for the plot from prominent international terrorist groups and leaders, as well as the government of Iran, including Abu Bakr, leader of the Trinidadian militant group Jamaat Al Muslimeen, and Adnan El Shukrijumah, an al-Qaeda leader.

In February 2007, Russell Defreitas recruited Abdul Kadir to join the plot because Kadir, a former member of the Guyanese parliament, was an engineer and had connections with militant groups in Iran and Venezuela. During cross-examination at trial, Kadir admitted that he regularly passed information to Iranian authorities and believed himself bound to follow fatwas from Iranian religious leaders

Defreitas was arrested in New York on June 2, 2007. Kadir was arrested in Trinidad aboard a plane headed to Venezuela, en route to Iran.

http://www.examiner.com/x-2684-Law-Enforcement-Examiner~y2010m8d8-JFK-terror-plot-Convicted-terrorists-linked-to-Iran-and-Venezuela?cid=examiner-email