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    Tuesday
    Feb022010

    EXCLUSIVE from Debka: US intelligence finds 5,000 Hizballah training to seize Galilee towns 

    Jones was not talking out of the top of his head, but on the strength of solid US intelligence gathered over months on detailed war plans Iran, Syria, Hizballah and Hamas have drawn up to send five Hizballah brigades sweeping across the border to seize five sectors of Galilee, while also organizing a massive Israeli-Arab uprising against the Jewish state. 

    Hamas would open a second front in the south and in the east. Syria is expected to step in at some stage.
    This plan with attached special map was first published exclusively by DEBKA-Net-Weekly 430 on Jan. 22, 2010. Key excerpts appear here.   

    Iran's Revolutionary Guards instructors at especially established training facilities near Tehran are already well advanced in training a cadre of 5,000 Hizballah fighters in special operations and urban combat tactics to standards equivalent to those current in similar US and Israeli military forces.

    At the outset of the course, the group was split up into five battalions, each given a specific northern Israeli sector for capture with details of its topography and population for close study.

    1st Battalion:

    This unit will break through the Naqura-Rosh Haniqra border pass and sweep south along seven kilometers to seize Nahariya, the Israeli Mediterranean city of 55,000 - or parts thereof. 
    UN peacekeepers have their headquarters at Naqura, the other side of Rosh Haniqra, andIsrael defenses there are lax, so no military or geographic obstacles to this Hizballah drive are anticipated. This battalion will capture a large number of Israeli hostages for use as live shields against an Israeli counter-attack 
    A small group of 150 fighters, trained by Revolutionary Guards marines, will also try and reach the coast by swift boats. They are already standing by in Lebanon.

    2nd Battalion:

    This unit is assigned to capture the northern Israeli town of Shlomi, 300 meters southeast of the Naqura border pass and home to 6,500 inhabitants. Holding this town and its environs will give Hizballah control of a key road hub and stand in the path of Israeli reinforcements heading for Nahariya through routes 89 and 899 from key Israeli bases in the Galilee andUpper Galilee regions to the east. (See map).

    3rd Battalion:

    Driving further south than any other Hizballah unit, this battalion must reach the three Israeli-Arab villages of  B'ina, Deir al-Asad and Majd el-Krum, which are located north of the town of Carmiel and alongside Israel's Route 85 which connects Acre on the Mediterranean with Safad in the central Galilee mountains.

    Iranian war planners want Hizballah to control the three Israeli-Arab locations for two advantages:

    One: As a commanding position for stirring up the disaffected Israeli-Arab villages and towns of Lower Galilee and Wadi Ara to the south into a full-blown uprising. The incoming combat force will be backed up by clandestine Hizballah cells which for some years have established, armed and funded the underground "Galilee Liberation Battalions” in Sakhnin, Araba and Deir Hana, by means of drug smugglers.

    Hizballah's West Bank cells have been active for some time in the Wadi Ara region, through which National Route 65 connects central Israel to the North. 
    Two:   To gain fire control of Acre-Safed Route 85 from positions in occupied Arab villages and so have a shield ready for the Hizballah units holding Nahariya and Shlomi, and seriously impede the passage of Israeli forces from bases in the center of the country  to relieve these northern towns.  The Israeli Air Force will be constrained from attacking the areas held by Hizballah by the presence of large civilian populations.

    4th Battalion: 
    This battalion will push southeast into the Kadesh Valley, on the rim of which the Makia and Yiftah kibbutzim and Makia moshav are clustered. Capture of these locations would afford Hizballah fire coverage of Israel's northernmost Galilee Panhandle.

    5th Battalion: Hizballah's Strategic Reserve.

    Rocket attacks from Lebanon will focus on disabling Israel's strategic military sites, such as air force bases, missile bases, its nuclear facilities and naval bases. Targeting Israeli population centers is a lower Iranian priority. 
    Syria's initial involvement will be limited to cover by artillery or air for Hizballah operations. But if the fighting escalates or drags on, Hizballah will invite Syrian back-up forces to go intoLebanon; Damascus will open Front No. 4 against Israel from the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.

    The Tehran-Hizballah war strategy is all but ready for any contingency. The obvious trigger would be an Israeli military operation against Iran's nuclear facilities, but once all the elements are in place, they could be activated by any other pretext conjured up in Tehran orDamascus.

    In recent weeks, both Hizballah and its Syrian allies have mobilized their forces while telling the Arab world that the Jewish state is about to attack Lebanon.
     Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah is straining at the leash to attack Israel however the crisis over Iran's nuclear program turns out.
    Sunday, January 17, he said: "I promise you, in view of all the threats you hear today… that should a new war with the Zionists erupt, we [the Lebanese resistance movement] will crush the enemy, come out victorious, and change the face of the region.

    "God willing, Israel, the occupation, hegemony, and arrogance are in the process of disappearing!"

    Nasrallah was not alone in anticipating a troubled year for the Middle East.

     

    Sunday
    Dec062009

    Documented proof of Iranian complicity in supplying illegal arms to terrorists

    On Tuesday (November 3, 2009) a special Israeli naval force detained and boarded the MV Francop, a merchant ship flying the flag of Antigua and destined for the Syrian port of Latakia.

    Hidden among the dozens of other containers on board, and disguised as civilian goods, the ship contained a consignment of 36 shipping containers with 500 tons of arms en route via Syria to the Hizbullah terrorist organization in Lebanon. A total of about 9,000 mortar bombs of different types were seized, along with about 3,000 Katyusha artillery rockets, 3,000 recoilless gun shells, 20,000 grenades and over a half million rounds of small arms ammunition.

    Iran routinely smuggles weapons to terrorist groups it supports. The Iranian Revolutionary Guards transfer their shipments over air, sea, and land routes, and do not hesitate to make use of civilian carriers, often without their knowledge.

    An examination of the munitions seized proves conclusively that the source of the arms was Iran. This is clear both from the shipping documents and the markings on the munitions themselves.

    All photos unless otherwise marked: IDF Spokesperson

     

     
        Polyethylene sacks made in Iran used to camouflage the munitions
      Polyethylene sacks made in Iran used to camouflage the munitions  
     


     
        The ship's manifest, proving the cargo was being transported by the Iranian company IRISL
      The ship's manifest  
     
     
     
     
        b. Labeling on some of the containers showing that the transport company was based in Ispahan, Iran.
      Labeling on containers  
     
     
     
     
        IRISL (Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines) containers found on board the Francop
      IRISL containers  
     
     



    I. Shipping Method and Documentation: 
     

    a. The ship's manifest, proving the cargo was being transported by the Iranian company IRISL
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    b. Labeling on some of the containers showing that the shipping company wasbased in Ispahan, Iran

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    c. IRISL (Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines) containers found on board the Francop

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        Ministry of Sepah
      Ministry of Sepah  
     
     

     
        Ministry of Sepah (Iranian Revolutionary Guard) labels attached to the cargo
      Ministry of Sepah  
     
     
     
     
        Polyethylene sacks "Made in Iran" (Photo: Reuters)
      Polyethylene sacks "Made in Iran" (Photo: Reuters)  
     
     
     
     
        Rockets packed in cases marked "Parts of Bulldozer"
      Rockets packed in cases marked "Parts of Bulldozer"  
     
     


    d. Ministry of Sepah(Iranian Armed Forces) customs labels attached to the cargo
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    e. Containers stuffed with sacks of polyethylene pellets used to conceal the munitions. According to the markings, the polyethylene was produced by Iran's National Petrochemical Company, whose telephone number was given as 9821 [98 is Iran's international dialing code] +8788987
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    f. Further proof of Iranian attempts to conceal weapons: Rockets packed in cases marked "Parts of Bulldozer"
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        107mm artillery rocket found on the Francop
      107mm artillery rocket found on the Francop  
     
     
     
     
        107mm rockets found concealed on the Francop
      107mm rockets found concealed on the Francop  
     
     
     
     
        107 mm rocket found by soldiers of the 789th EOD team near FOB Hammer, July 2007 (Photo: Multi National Force-Iraq via ConfederateYankee blog)
      107 mm rocket found by soldiers of the 789th EOD team near FOB Hammer, July 2007 (Photo: Multi National Force-Iraq viaConfederate Yankee blog)  
     


     

    II. Munitions: 
     

    Among the arms seized, Israel discovered thousands of rounds of mortar bombs and artillery rockets manufactured by the Iranian defense industry:

     

    a. 107mm ("Haseb")Artillery Rockets: 2,124 of these rockets were found on board the Francop.
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    These rockets are identical to those used by Iranian-armed Iraqi insurgents who, in July 2007, attacked the multi-national force's Forward Operating Base Hammer in Iraq's northern Besmaya Range complex.
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        Cases of 60mm mortar bombs with packing list showing AZ111-A2 fuses included in shipment
      Cases of 60mm mortar bombs with packing list showing AZ111-A2 fuses included in shipment  
     
     
     
     
        60mm mortar bomb case detailing fuse type AZ111-A2
      60mm mortar bomb case detailing fuse type AZ111-A2  
     
     
     
     
        81mm mortar bomb case detailing fuse type AZ111-A2
      81mm mortar bomb case detailing fuse type AZ111-A2  
     




    b. Additional proof of Iranian complicity in the illegal shipment is the large number of AZ111-A2 fuses found on board. These fuses are manufactured solely by theIranian armament industries and were found affixed to the 9,000 60mm, 81mm and 120mm mortar bombs which were concealed in the shipment.

     

    According to Jane's Ammunition Handbook, Iranian ordnance developed the AZ111A2 fuse specifically to meet Iranian Army requirements.

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        AZ111-A2 mortar fuse attached to 81mm mortar bomb
      AZ111-A2 mortar fuse attached to 81mm mortar bomb  
     
     
     
     
        120mm mortar bomb with AZ111-A2 fuse attached
      120mm mortar bomb with AZ111-A2 fuse attached  
     
     
     
     
        Packing list on crate of 120mm mortar bombs, including fuse type AZ111-A2
      Packing list on crate of 120mm mortar bombs, including fuse type AZ111-A2  
     
     



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