Hizbullah Plot to Attack Israeli Embassy in Azerbaijan Foiled

[Times-UK] Nicholas Blanford - In Azerbaijan a few weeks after the assassination of Hizbullah military commander Imad Mughniyeh nearly a year ago in Damascus, Azeri intelligence discovered a plot to blow up the Israeli Embassy there. Recently, intelligence sources say, Egypt broke up a Hizbullah cell in the Sinai headed by a Lebanese citizen, Sami Shehab, which included Palestinians and was planning to attack Israeli targets. There are concerns that Hizbullah, operating through its external security organization, is planning further attacks on Israeli or Jewish targets outside Israel, while Hizbullah's "1800 Unit" is said to be working on possible attacks inside Israel. Ibrahim al-Amine, of Lebanon's Al-Akhbar newspaper and a confidant of Hizbullah leader Nasrallah, wrote last week that up until his death Mughniyeh was obsessed with the idea of passing on Hizbullah's military secrets to Hamas. Dozens of Palestinian fighters traveled to Lebanon, Syria and Iran for training, he wrote. A European intelligence source told the Times that two Iranian teams, including communications and rocket specialists, were working with Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza last summer.

2009-01-20 06:00:00

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