Report: Hezbollah ‘Moving’ in U.S. with Venezuelan Passports

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by EDWIN MORA

Members of Iran’s terror proxy Hezbollah “are moving freely” within the United States and Latin America, courtesy of Venezuelan passports issued by a Cuban company hired by Caracas, reports the UK-based Asharq Al-Awsat.

The report echoes various articles by Breitbart News, which, among other things, havehighlighted that Hezbollah operatives, including the right-hand man of the head of Hezbollah in Lebanon, are using passports obtained from countries in the Americas, primarily Venezuela and Cuba, to enter the United States.

In February 2015, experts at a National Defense University (NDU) conference warned that the narcoterrorist group Hezbollah, based in Lebanon, has expanded across Latin American and into the United States.

Breitbart News recently learned that the U.S. State Department is concerned about the illicit activities in the Western Hemisphere of terrorist group Hezbollah.

Using an alternate spelling for the name of the group, a State Department official acknowledged that “Hezbollah receives funding from supporters around the world who engage in a host of licit and illicit activities, some of which takes place in the Western Hemisphere.”

“Countering these activities remains a priority for the United States,” the official told Breitbart News, adding, “We continue to monitor Iranian activities in the Western Hemisphere for any destabilizing actions.”

The State Department struck a stronger tone than in 2014 when it concluded that Iranian influence in the Western Hemisphere was “waning.”

Analysts estimate that Hezbollah generates millions through drug trafficking, money laundering, and other criminal activities in the Americas.

The London-based Asharq Al-Awsat, citing Western security and intelligence sources, reports that “a number of people belonging to Iranian groups and the Lebanese Hezbollah, with suspected links to terrorism, are moving freely in the United States and Latin America using Latin passports like the Venezuelan and Ecuadoran ones.”

“According to these reports, the intelligence services in Canada and Bulgaria have recently spotted the movements of citizens of Arab origin, especially those belonging to Hezbollah as well as Iranian agents carrying original Venezuelan passports in order to move within a number of countries, especially United States, Canada, and South America,” it adds.

Anthony Dakin, the former Venezuelan Minister of Interior who currently lives in the United States, has suggested that “Venezuela has become a hub for granting passports for Iranian groups and members of Hezbollah, in order to facilitate their travel,” reports Asharq Al-Awsat.

“Antony Dakin told the media that Caracas has contracted with Cuban companies to issue mechanized and biometric passports,” continues the report.

Dakin added that Cuba gained access to data of around 80 million citizens when it signed contracts with other countries in Latin America, such as Argentina and Ecuador.

“These contracts allow Havana to issue identification papers without forgery and by using other people’s data,” notes Asharq Al-Awsat.

Misael López Soto, a Venezuelan diplomat in hiding, has accused Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro of selling visas, passports, and falsified birth certificates out of the Venezuelan embassy in Baghdad to nearly thousands of Middle East residents, including at least one confirmed Hezbollah terrorist.

A book by Spanish reporter Emili J. Blasco titled, Boomerang Chávez: The Frauds that Led to the Collapse of Venezuela, revealed that Maduro met the leader of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, in Damascus in 2007 to discuss “drug trafficking, money laundering, the distribution of arms and issuing of passports… to terrorists.”

The book cites witnesses and Venezuelan diplomatic cables as sources of the information it contains.

After Maduro met the Hezbollah chief, at least 300 Hezbollah operatives were reportedly able to secure Venezuelan passports, which made potential entry into Canada and the United States much easier, according to the book and Argentine website Infobae. 

Venezuela and its strongest ally, Cuba, have both been accused of issuing falsified Latin American passports to Middle Eastern operatives linked to Hezbollah.

REINFORCEMENTS: RUSSIA DEPLOYS MORE HARDWARE TO TURKEY’S BACKDOORhttps://youtu.be/CI3-TZC0rRk

Published on Dec 22, 2015

Sub for more: http://nnn.is/the_new_media | The Russian air base in Erebuni in Armenia has received a new batch of six helicopters, the press office of Russia’s Southern Military District reported on Monday.

Turkey needs to be crushed like an irritating gnat.

fyi Isaiah 17 will go down soon, Erdogan will have to attack Demascus soon, but Russia will mow thru Turkey in counter attack

FORMER PENTAGON BOSS CITES CHEMICAL ATTACK LIE TO CLAIM OBAMA STABBED HIM IN THE BACK

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Colin Powell WMD redux failed

BY KURT NIMMO

Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has told Foreign Policy Obama betrayed the United States when he ordered the Pentagon to stand down on a retaliatory strike against Damascus in response to the Ghouta chemical attack.

Obama had declared a “red line” on the use of chemical weapons in Syria, but “Assad did it anyway, and Hagel had spent the day approving final plans for a barrage of Tomahawk cruise missile strikes against Damascus. U.S. naval destroyers were in the Mediterranean, awaiting orders to fire,” Foreign Policy reported on Friday.

Instead of green lighting the attack, “Obama told a stunned Hagel to stand down. Assad’s Aug. 21 chemical attack in a Damascus suburb had killed hundreds of civilians, but the president said the United States wasn’t going to take any military action against the Syrian government. The president had decided to ignore his own red line—a decision, Hagel believes, that dealt a severe blow to the credibility of both Obama and the United States.”

We now know al-Assad had nothing to do with the chemical attack. Days after the attack Dale Gavlak and Yahya Ababneh, freelance reporters for the Associated Press interviewed doctors, Ghouta residents, rebel fighters and their families. They presented a different picture than the one pushed by the Obama administration and headlined by the corporate media.

Witnesses said the attack was carried out by the al-Qaeda and Islamic State linked Jabhat al-Nusra with chemical weapons supplied by Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan.

Additionally, according to journalist Seymour Hersh, Turkish intelligence worked closely with al-Nusra to develop chemical weapons. “Erdoğan’s hope was to instigate an event that would force the US to cross the red line,” Hersh writes.

“In the months before the attack, the American intelligence agencies produced a series of highly classified reports, culminating in a formal Operations Order—a planning document that precedes a ground invasion—citing evidence that the al-Nusra Front, a jihadi group affiliated with al-Qaida, had mastered the mechanics of creating sarin and was capable of manufacturing it in quantity. When the attack occurred al-Nusra should have been a suspect, but the administration cherry-picked intelligence to justify a strike against Assad,” Hersh wrote for the London Review of Books on December 19, 2013.

According to a report issued by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology the Obama administration, France and the UK fabricated evidence on Syria’s supposed chemical weapons program as a pretext to invade the country. The report was authored by former UN weapons inspector Richard Lloyd and Professor Theodore Postol.

Philip Giraldi, a former CIA officer, wrote in November that the National Security Council instructed various intelligence agencies to come up with a “scenario unfortunately reminiscent of the lead up to Iraq” that would place blame for the chemical attack on Syria. The effort produced skepticism that Syria was responsible and resulted in a number of analysts threatening to resign from the group and disassociate themselves from any report released to the public.

“This led to the White House issuing its own assessment, completely divorcing the process from any direct connection to the intelligence community. The spectacle of CIA Director George Tenet sitting behind Secretary of State Colin Powell in the United Nations, providing him with credibility as Powell told a series of half-truths, would not be repeated,” Giraldi writes

Syria slams US-led coalition deadly strike against troops as ‘act of aggression’

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Damascus has labelled as an “act of aggression” the US-led coalition’s missile strike which killed three Syrian soldiers at an army base in the Deir ez Zor province

On top of the fatalities, 13 personnel were injured and a number of military vehicles were destroyed when warplanes fired nine missiles at the Saeqa military camp.

The incident is the first of its kind since the coalition started to bomb Syrian territory more than a year ago, though the US-led alliance continues to deny it carried out the airstrike.

READ MORE: ‘Everyone knows what’s going on’: Istanbul residents on Turkey-ISIS oil trade

“Syria strongly condemns the act of aggression by the US-led coalition that contradicts the UN Charter on goals and principles. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent letters to the UN Secretary General and the UN Security Council,” Syria’s SANA news agency quoted the country’s foreign ministry as saying.

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The Deir ez Zor province is situated in eastern Syria, and is largely controlled by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). The region is of significant strategic importance to the terrorist group, as it contains a number of oilfields, which are a major source of revenue for IS.

On November 24 a Turkish Air Force F-16 jet shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber over Syria. Ankara claims the Russian plane briefly crossed into Turkish airspace. One of the Russian pilots was killed by Syrian rebels as he ejected from the stricken plane, while the other was rescued in a swift operation during which one Russian serviceman was killed.

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The downing of the bomber by Turkey came after a successful Russian bombing campaign against ISIS oil infrastructure on the Syria-Turkish border, and was seen as revenge. Putin described the act as “a stab in the back” and accused Erdogan of benefiting from the illegal oil trade with IS and financing the terrorists.

READ MORE: Putin: Downing of Russian jet over Syria stab in the back by terrorist accomplices

Russia has been conducting airstrikes targeting IS and other terrorist groups in Syria since September 30. The strikes were launched after a formal request from Damascus. Russian jets have been carrying out sorties from Moscow’s Khmeimim Air Base in Latakia.

The US-led coalition’s airstrikes in Syria are in fact illegal, as it has never received permission from Syrian President Bashar Assad to enter the country’s airspace. In response to the UK’s decision to join the bombing campaign in Syria, Assad reiterated in an interview with the Sunday Times that the presence of Britain in Syria is unlawful as neither Damascus nor the United Nations have given London the green light to bomb Syrian territory.

“It will be harmful and illegal and it will support terrorism, as happened after the coalition started its operation a year or so [ago], because this is like a cancer,” Assad said.

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INSIDERS AND NEOCONS: GET RID OF ASSAD TO TAKE OUT ISIS

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Ignore international law and replicate Dresden in the Middle East

BY KURT NIMMO

An article published in the New York Times on Tuesday argues the only way to eliminate the Islamic State is to take out the government of Bashar al-Assad in Damascus.
“There is probably no solution to ISIS until there is a solution to Assad,” J. M. Berger told the establishment’s newspaper of record.
Berger is a scholar at the Brookings Institution, a think tank funded by the Ford Foundation, the Rockefellers, the United Nations, banks and the military industrial complex.
“Assad is not a sideshow,” said Emile Hokayem, a senior fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. “He is at the center of this massive dilemma.”

The International Institute for Strategic Studies was established with funds “generously provided by the Ford Foundation” and the “interests represented include finance and investment, international banking, insurance” and a variety of other transnational corporations. The Ford Foundation works in tandem with the CIA, the same folks who engineered al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.
“The answer is simple: To beat ISIS, you need the enlistment of the Sunni forces that won’t happen as long as Assad remains in power in Damascus,” said Ehud Yaari, an Israel-based fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “The shortest and most effective way to deal with ISIS is for the United States and Russia to come to an agreement about the removal of Assad, and they will get support from others. Then the Sunni forces, the rebels, can deal with ISIS on the ground.”
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy is a pro-Israel think tank that has a crossover neocon membership. Board members include Henry Kissinger, Joe Lieberman, Richard Perle, Condoleezza Rice, George Shutlz and other deep insiders. Current and former members served in senior positions in the Obama, Bush and Clinton administrations.
The Times argues for “establishing an alliance to carry out an intensified war” against the Islamic State and “prioritiz[ing] the removal of Mr. Assad.”
According to Shabtai Shavit, a former chief of Mossad, international law and the Geneva Conventions must be discarded.
“With this enemy, we have to push aside arguments on law, morality and comparisons of security and the rights of the individual. That means to do what they did in World War II to Dresden. They wiped it off the map. That is what has to be done to all the territorial enclaves that ISIS is holding.”
Left out of the argument is the fact there wasn’t a “civil war” in Syria until the United States and its NGO partners—NED, NDI, IRI, Freedom House and others—engineered the so-called Arab Spring. This was admitted by the very same newspaper of record now suggesting the Arab Middle East should suffer the same fate as a firebombed Dresden.
Also excluded is the fact the Islamic State is the bastard child of the United States and its medieval partners in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar. Turkey and Jordan have also played an instrumental role.
Prior to Bush’s invasion—supported by the above mentioned organizations—al-Qaeda did not have a presence in Iraq and the creation of ISIS and the subsequently the Islamic State would not have occurred. 9/11 would not have happened if the Carter and Reagan administrations had not pumped billions into Afghanistan in the late 1970s and 1980s and created the Afghan mujahideen that would later become al-Qaeda and the Taliban.
Also ignored is the fact what is happening in Syria and elsewhere is precisely what the United States desires, as revealed in Defense Intelligence Agency documents.
These political realities are strictly forbidden in any discussion on the current dilemma in the Middle East, a dilemma created by the global elite and their partners. Instead, the only option available, according to The New York Times and much of the corporate media, is to increase the suffering and misery of innocents and move forward with policies responsible for the current situation.

Combat report: Over 1,600 terror targets destroyed in 1 month of Russia’s Syria op

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The Russian Air Force has conducted some 1,400 sorties in Syria since the start of Moscow’s anti-terror operation. They have eliminated more than 1,600 terrorist targets in one month, Russia’s military said.

Among the destroyed targets are 249 command posts, 51 militants’ training camps, 131 ammunition and fuel depots and 786 field bases, Colonel General Andrey Kartapolov of Russia’s General Staff said on Friday.

Twenty-eight of the “most odious” terrorist leaders have been eliminated, the military report said. With the help of Russian airstrikes, the Syrian army managed to free over 50 towns and villages in such provinces as Aleppo, Latakia, Idlib, Homs and Damascus, the General Staff official said, adding that the freed territories make up to around 350 square kilometers (350,000 hectares).

Despite Islamic State’s “considerable losses and mass walkout,” it’s too early to talk about “complete victory” over the terrorists in Syria, Kartapolov stressed, adding the militants are continuing their stand against Syrian government troops in a number of regions. But “all their [terrorists’] efforts of counter attacks have been timely suppressed by the Syrian Army,” the Russian military official said.

In some regions, it is more difficult to defeat the jihadists. Over the years they have turned the areas into powerful organized tactical localities, with a wide network of underground passages and hideouts, Kartapolov said.

Commanders from several militant groups that were part of Al-Nusra Front, have decided to join the ranks of the so-called “moderate opposition,” the General Staff said, adding that in this way they hope “to receive political and financial support from abroad.”

READ MORE: Putin: No need to distinguish between ‘moderate’ & other terrorists

Trying to stop the decreasing number of fighters, Islamic State is redeploying forces into Syria from Iraq and other neighboring countries, Kartapolov said, adding that this move is now being widely observed in the Aleppo province. To prevent their fighters from deserting, Islamic State also publicly executes the militants who try to flee, the Russian military said.

Kartapolov said that Russia’s Defense Ministry was ready to cooperate with all Syrian forces fighting Islamic State and Al-Nusra Front, including opposition forces such as the Free Syrian Army. “We are ready to interact with patriotic opposition in any format, also within a joint information center in Baghdad,” Kartapolov said, adding “all patriotic forces in Syria should act as a united front” in the face of the international terror threat. “Unfortunately, this [unity] hasn’t happened yet,” he said.

READ MORE: Russia offers US ‘broader cooperation’ in Syria, but Washington not ready – Defense Ministry

Over the month of Moscow’s struggle against Islamic State, its efforts have been a target in themselves, with western mainstream media as well as a number of officials attacking Moscow, bombing it with allegations and unconfirmed reports.

Despite the fact that the General Staff immediately and mostly fully informs the public on the actions of the Russian Air Force in Syria, new forgeries appear in the western media almost daily,” Kartapolov said, adding that based on the reports it looks like Russian airstrikes have allegedly destroyed more civilian structures than terrorist-inhabited areas. Such reports lack any proof, the military official added.

READ MORE: Moscow demands US-led coalition in Syria ‘prove or deny’ allegations Russia is ‘bombing civilians’

He showed the media a picture of the mosque in Idlib province that was allegedly bombed by Russian aviation, according to some media reports. The photographs taken after the reports had been published, show that the mosque appeared intact.

The Russian Air Force began carrying out airstrikes against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) targets in Syria on September 30, “in accordance with the decision of the Supreme Commander of the Russian Armed Forces, Vladimir Putin.” The Ministry of Defense has been providing regular combat reports on the mission, the deadline of which is classified.

Due to the increased amount of confirmed intelligence information on IS facilities, the number of Russian fighter jets sorties has considerably risen since the launch of the mission, with more jihadists’ targets hit and destroyed.

A week into the anti-terror mission, Russian Navy joined Russia’s Air Force in the operation, with four Russian warships having launchedmissiles against Islamic State in Syria. The attacks came from Russia’s fleet in the Caspian Sea, which borders Russia, Iran and three other littoral countries; the precision weapons hit all intended targets.

With warplanes of the Russian Air Space Forces having destroyed units of military equipment, communication centers, arms and fuel depots belonging to IS terrorists, as well as plants producing explosives, field camps and bases, militants have lostmost” of their ammunition, heavy vehicles and equipment, the Defense Ministry said. Growing numbers of jihadists appeared to have become discontent with their command and reportedly deserted IS ranks.

READ MORE: Demoralized ISIS militants deserting en masse amid Russian airstrikes – Defense Ministry

During the ongoing operation in Syria, with the Russian military providing air support to Syrian Army troops, Syrian President Bashar Assad visited Moscow and held talks with Vladimir Putin. Before Moscow launched its operation in the Middle Eastern country, Syrian government had asked for Russia’s help, which became the legal ground for sending troops to Syria.