Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Russia Fights ISIS

Russia Fights ISIS --- ===

Russian Strategy and Europe’s Refugee Crisis by Dr. Anca-Maria Cernea and J.R. Nyquist
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Russian and Chinese technicians were busy helping ISIS to maintain its captured oil rigs and refineries, while Russian trained Iraqi military officers (formerly in Saddam Hussein’s army), were leading ISIS forces against the Baghdad government (which government set up a joint intelligence
headquarters in league with Iran and Russia). From this and other evidence it appears
that Russia has been playing a double game in the Middle East. Using the Iraqi oil infrastructure, relying on clandestine Russian technical support, ISIS  earned $800 million in annual revenues by “selling more than 60,000 barrels of oil per day.”

DIRECT TESTIMONY FROM A SYRIAN GENERAL ON RUSSIA’S DOUBLE GAME
There is a stunning revelation in the fragment of a September 2015 interview given to
Witold Gadowski by Syrian Brigadier General Ahmad Aljjdeaa, a soldier with thirty
years of experience in the Syrian Army who is also the deputy minister of defense in the
Syrian government-in-exile. According to Gen. Aljjdeaa, “Russian officers are constantly
present in the branches of the Syrian army supporting the regime of Bashar Assad….”
Then he added, “Russia is interested in confusion in Syria. There are also four military
training centers in Russia, in which fanatics are trained, who then fill the ranks of the
Islamic State troops (ISIS). Among the trained are also Chechens.”34
Related to this, another curious headline reads: “In retreating from Iraq, ISIS terrorists
lost their Russian passports.”35 The facts are reported as follows: “The Iraqi military, who
Russian Strategy and Europe’s Refugee Crisis by Dr. Anca-Maria Cernea and J.R. Nyquist
at the end of last week occupied the university building previously held by ISIS in the city
of Mosul, displayed what was found in evidence as the identification papers of Islamic
State terrorists, which mostly turned out to be Russian. Again, it is a case of the “scissors strategy.” Moscow has perfected the fine art of stagemanaging  fake wars and phony splits with false fronts made up of “useful idiots.” Russia’s deployment of terrorist and counter-terrorist forces in Syria and Iraq should
surprise no one. This procedure was used during the Soviet-Afghan War in the 1980s
and again during the recent wars in Chechnya.38
At this juncture it may be useful to recite a bit of history. In July 2005 the Russian
KGB/FSB defector Alexander Litvinenko told the Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita that
Ayman al-Zawahiri (then Al-Qaeda’s second in command) was trained by the FSB in
Dagestan in 1997. According to the former KGB foreign intelligence officer Konstantin
Preobrazhensky, Litvinenko “was responsible for securing the secrecy of al-Zawahiri’s
arrival in Russia … in 1996-1997.”39
The Romanian intelligence defector, Lt. Gen. Ion Mahai Pacepa, has described
Moscow’s use of Arab terrorist organizations throughout the Cold War in his books.40
We know that Russia stands firmly behind the Islamic terror regime in Tehran.
Researcher Antero Leitzinger explained, “Modern terrorism was born within a year,
1967-68. International socialists (communists) started the fashion all over the world
simultaneously, which should make us suspicious about the common roots. National
socialists followed suit, turning Marxists of Muslim origin into Islamists of Marxist
origin.”41
Among the closest associates of Khomeini, there were many Communists who had
conveniently grown beards. Mustafa Ali Chamran had studied in California and Egypt
before he founded a Red Shi’ite secret society. His pupils included later foreign minister
Ibrahim Yazdi, oil minister Mohammed Gharazi, and Lebanese fellow student in Berkeley
University, Hussein Shaikh al-Islam, who led the occupation of the US Embassy in Tehran.
This occupation, shortly before the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, focused Iranian
radicalism into anti-Americanism…. Mohammed Beheshti, whose death at a bombing on
June 28th, 1981, remained a mystery, had resided in East Germany. Khomeini’s early
companion and foreign minister, Sadegh Ghotbzadeh had successfully accommodated with 
the new regime. Both Ghotbzadeh and Chamran had received Palestinian terrorist training.
As a student in the USA, Ghotbzadeh had been recruited by the [Soviet] GRU.42


THE ROOTS OF ISLAMIC TERRORISM
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How Socialists became Islamic terrorists  Modern terrorism was born within a year, 1967-1968. International socialists (communists) started the fashion all over the world simultaneously, which should make us suspicious about the common roots. National socialists followed suit, turning Marxists of Muslim origin into Islamists of Marxist origin.  

In May 18th, 1967, Yuri Andropov took over the leadership of the KGB. The Russian security services evolved into a state within the Soviet state, as it became clear when Andropov became the communist party’s general secretary after Leonid Brezhnev’s death, in 1982. During Andropov’s era, which was far longer than that of any other KGB chief, the Soviet secret services supported international terrorism through satellite states and Marxist "liberation fronts". "On becoming chairman of the KGB in 1967, Andropov immediately announced his intention to revive KGB ‘special actions’ as an essential tool of Soviet policy during the Cold War." (Andrew & Mitrokhin, p. 374)

On June 2nd, 1967, violent student demonstrators met the Shah of Iran in West Germany. All of free Europe was plagued by student demonstrations in May 1968, causing a nearly revolutionary situation in France. Numerous left-wing terrorist cells were formed in Germany, Italy, and other western countries. Their activities peaked in 1977, after which the West German terrorists retired in communist East Germany.

The (North Irish) IRA and (Basque) ETA started their terrorism in 1968, with peaks around 1976. Andropov considered an IRA request for arms delivery for three years until subscribing it in 1972. (Andrew & Mitrokhin, p. 378 and 384-385)

German and Italian left-wing terrorists cooperated by summer 1969, and in October 1971, altogether 16 terrorist groups held a meeting in Florence, Italy. Beside the IRA and ETA, many Palestinian and Latin American (ERP, ELN, MLN, MIR) groups joined to the international terror network by 1973.

In the USA, Soviet agents incited racial tension by writings in the name of the Ku Klux Klan, and by a bomb explosion in New York City, in summer 1971. (Andrew & Mitrokhin, p. 238) The same year, Soviet agents made contacts to a Quebecois separatist group, the FLQ.

As a student in the USA, Iran's Ghotbzadeh had been recruited by the GRU.

In December 1967, a Lebanese Christian, George Habash, who had been a Pan-Arabic national socialist, had broadened his field by founding the PFLP, a Palestinian organization. Although it split already by the next year, the PFLP remained the most pro-Soviet Palestinian terrorist group, with widest global ties. It caused the Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party to adopt the Palestinian cause in 1968. [RFK was shot by a Palestinian nationalist ‎June 5, 1968] In July 1970, Andropov allowed the first direct Soviet arms delivery to the PFLP. From that on, both the KGB and - perhaps even more so - the Russian military intelligence, GRU, provided Palestinian terrorists with arms and training. (Segaller, p. 126-127; Livingston & Halevy, p. 140; Lunev, p. 80; Kuzichkin, p. 206; Andrew & Mitrokhin, p. 381) From 1972 on, this was co-ordinated by Habash, who had close connections to Japanese and Latin American terrorist groups. (Livingston & Halevy, p. 208-209)

The El Al Flight 426 hijacking on July 23, 1968 by three members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), set off a wave of hijackings by the PFLP. At that time, the Soviet Union, having supported the establishment of Israel and armed its forces 20 years earlier, had already invested a lot of resources into the Palestinian cause and Arab Socialism. Arms had been initially smuggled through Egypt. (Barron, p. 77)

"By the summer of 1968, the Soviet Union had progressed far toward converting Egypt into its principal base of subversion against the Arab world." (Barron, p. 62) Thirty-three years later, Egypt was the principal base of Islamic terrorists. Soviet Union, however, failed in Egypt. In May 1971, Anwar Sadat wiped out most of KGB agents. In July 1972, Soviet advisors were expelled from Egypt. Eight years later, Sadat paid for this with his life, being assassinated by members of an Islamist group. Sadat’s peace policy toward Israel made it easy for the remnants of the KGB network to ally with the right-wing Muslim Brotherhood. This is the background of Ayman az-Zawahiri, the second man of al-Qayda.

Yasser Arafat’s al-Fatah organization received its first Soviet arms shipment in September 1972.

Iran became Russia’s most loyal ally after the Islamic revolution in 1979

"It is significant that anti-Americanism was first propagated as a major theme of Muslim fundamentalism by young men and women from Islamic countries who had spent time in the United States as students or workers." (Taheri, p. 206) These included the founding father of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Said Qutb, who had lived in the USA for two years around 1949/1950. The four pilots of September 11th, 2001, included one native German citizen, whose Moroccan father was no Islamist at all, a Lebanese of liberal background, and a United Arab Emirates’ subject, both of whom had spent five years in Germany, and the Egyptian-born terrorist leader Muhammad Atta, who had immigrated into Germany nine years earlier.

Russia’s sponsorship of the Taliban and al-Qayda

 KGB officer, Viktor But (Victor Bout), flew arms to the Taliban until 2001

. Former mujahedin commanders close to the Taliban say the bonanza arrived courtesy of Osama bin Ladin... Afghan and Western sources say bin Laden’s gift to Omar amounted to $3 million." (Newsweek 13.10.1997) According to Russian sources, the money, exactly three million US$, was a "ransom" paid directly by Russia. (Interfax 29.8.1996) Perhaps it did not make much of a difference, who delivered the money - and much more than worth of that in arms - to the Taliban?

Main Intelligence Directorate GRU  is the foreign military intelligence agency of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (formerly the Soviet Army General Staff of the Soviet Union). The GRU is Russia's largest foreign intelligence agency.[1] In 1997 it deployed six times as many agents in foreign countries as the SVR, the successor of the KGB's foreign operations directorate


Sadegh Ghotbzadeh - Wikipedia
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Sadegh Ghotbzadeh was a close aide of Ayatollah Khomeini during his 1978 exile in France, and foreign minister (30 November 1979–August 1980) during the ...
During his stay in the Middle East, Ghotbzadeh was trained in Lebanon together with Iranian revolutionary militants and Palestinians.[12]
Oil production and smuggling in ISIL - Wikipedia The Syrian government was also reported to send technicians to support and maintain ISIL-controlled gas power plants, and, in return, received electricity.[5] Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev indicated to have information that some Turkish officials had a "direct financial interest" in the oil trade with ISIL,[20] an assertion rejected by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.[21]Vladimir Putin indicated that the extent of the oil smuggling had reached commercial-scale with trucks operating day and night as a "living oil pipe".[22] Several independent analysts, on the other hand, argued that the allegations of Moscow did not carry any weight.[23][24] Officials from the US responded that in their view only a small amount of oil is smuggled into Turkey and that this is economically insignificant.[25] According to Adam Szubin, acting U.S. Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, most of the oil that leaves ISIL-controlled areas is going to places that are under control of the Syrian government.[26] January 2017, US officials indicated that revenues from oil and gas sold to President Bashar al-Assad's government had become the main revenue for ISIL.[36] Trucks that previously delivered oil to Turkey and Iraq had been re-directed to territory controlled by Assad.[36]

Why Are Russian Engineers Working at an Islamic State-Controlled Gas Plant  foreignpolicy.com/.../why-are-russian-engineers-working-at-an-islamic-state-controlle...
Feb 9, 2016 - But a gas facility in northern Syria under the control of the jihadi ... The company's link to the Kremlin is well-documented: The U.S. ... brokering oil sales between the Islamic State and the Assad regime, charges he denies.  Tuweinan gas facility, which is located roughly 60 miles southwest of the Islamic State’s de facto capital of Raqqa, is the largest such facility in Syria. It was built by Russian construction company Stroytransgaz, which is owned by billionaire Gennady Timchenko, a close associate of Putin. The company’s link to the Kremlin is well-documented: The U.S. Treasury Department previously sanctioned Stroytransgaz, along with the other Timchenko-owned companies, for engaging in activities “directly linked to Putin” amidst the confrontation over Ukraine. story of the controversial plant involves the Assad regime, Russian-Syrian businessmen, the Islamic State, and moderate Syrian groups, which together tried to activate the facility for the financial and logistical benefits it could provide for them....  “IS allowed the Russian company to send engineers and crew in return for a big share in the gas and extortion money,” he said, using an acronym for the Islamic State and attributing the information to Syrian rebel commanders fighting the Islamic State in the area. “Employees of the Russian company were changing their shifts via a military base in Hama governorate.”

'More than 90%' of Russian airstrikes in Syria have not targeted Isis ...
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