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Turkey thwarted Hezbollah revenge attack against Israeli target

 
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Ayalon: Turkey thwarted Hezbollah revenge attack against Israeli target

By Avi Issacharoff

Turkish forces have prevented a Hezbollah attack on an undisclosed Israeli target in the country, Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon said. Ayalon thanked Turkey earlier this week for the successful operation and for its cooperation in meeting with Turkish journalists.

According to defense sources, the attack was meant to avenge the killing of senior Hezbollah operative Imad Mughniyeh - who died in a car bombing in Damascus in February 2008. The organization sees Israel as responsible for the assassination.

The planned attack in Turkey was exposed over a month ago, with Turkish media publishing a warning issued by the local police's senior command to its officers to take steps to prevent a Hezbollah attack on American and Israeli targets. Turkish reports said Hezbollah had set up a network of Iranian agents posing as tourists in Istanbul, with the cooperation of Iranian security agencies.

This is the third attempt by the group to avenge Mughniyeh's death. Earlier this year, Hezbollah planned an attack on the Israeli embassy in Azerbaijan, but local security forces exposed the attack and members of the group were arrested. Later on, in Egypt, a group of Hezbollah agents were arrested and accused of tracking Israelis at tourist sites as well as monitoring Israeli ships passing through the Suez Canal.

Last month, U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation director Rubert Mueller visited Ankara where he asked for access to the country's biometric database, in order to identify terror activists moving in and out of Turkey. Israel believes the organization would like to carry out an attack against a distant Israeli target, without dragging Lebanon into another war with Israel.

Lebanese reports say no successor had been appointed for Mughniyeh, who served as a liaison between Hezbollah and Iran, and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah now has to contend with an officer from the Jerusalem Brigade of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, which insists on monitoring the Hezbollah military force. This presence indicates an increased Iranian involvement in Hezbollah operations.

Nasrallah recently began meeting outside his hiding place, including twice with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus. Although Hezbollah has won recognition of its right to bear arms by the new Lebanese government, it is still criticized for the way in which it runs its affairs independently of state authorities.

[link to www.haaretz.com]
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12/08/2009 07:52 PM
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Re: Turkey thwarted Hezbollah revenge attack against Israeli target
hmm

This story flies in the face of recent moves and decisions by the Turk government. Still in NATO, and officially still interested in EU membership - I think the Turks will have to get off the fence pretty soon - at least in time for the next ME shooting war..
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Re: Turkey thwarted Hezbollah revenge attack against Israeli target
hmm

This story flies in the face of recent moves and decisions by the Turk government. Still in NATO, and officially still interested in EU membership - I think the Turks will have to get off the fence pretty soon - at least in time for the next ME shooting war..
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Thwarting an attack by Hezbollah remains in their interests.
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Excellent little article to summarize lots of entanglements...
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Re: Turkey thwarted Hezbollah revenge attack against Israeli target
hmm

This story flies in the face of recent moves and decisions by the Turk government. Still in NATO, and officially still interested in EU membership - I think the Turks will have to get off the fence pretty soon - at least in time for the next ME shooting war..


Thwarting an attack by Hezbollah remains in their interests.
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For now at least..
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Re: Turkey thwarted Hezbollah revenge attack against Israeli target
hmm

This story flies in the face of recent moves and decisions by the Turk government. Still in NATO, and officially still interested in EU membership - I think the Turks will have to get off the fence pretty soon - at least in time for the next ME shooting war..
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True, GoG. Turkey is moving towards Islam and away from a more secular stance. Turkey still wants in the EU? Great, become muslim & Brussels will love you..! Shifting alliances on the move...
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12/08/2009 07:58 PM
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"the jews are in danger" squawk squawk

"the jews are in danger" squawk squawk

"the jews are in danger" squawk squawk


LOL .... all the time , give us some peace and quite for a change ....




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Re: Turkey thwarted Hezbollah revenge attack against Israeli target
I am more interested in the probability that this confirms a planned major offensive by Hezbollah given the following:

"...the attack was meant to avenge the killing of senior Hezbollah operative Imad Mughniyeh - who died in a car bombing in Damascus in February 2008."

While this occurred over a month ago, I still believe the intended revenge attack is central to their plans.
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"the jews are in danger" squawk squawk

"the jews are in danger" squawk squawk

"the jews are in danger" squawk squawk


LOL .... all the time , give us some peace and quite for a change ....




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If you are not interested, do not read it.
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Re: Turkey thwarted Hezbollah revenge attack against Israeli target
hmm

This story flies in the face of recent moves and decisions by the Turk government. Still in NATO, and officially still interested in EU membership - I think the Turks will have to get off the fence pretty soon - at least in time for the next ME shooting war..



True, GoG. Turkey is moving towards Islam and away from a more secular stance. Turkey still wants in the EU? Great, become muslim & Brussels will love you..! Shifting alliances on the move...
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Turkey is complicated. The struggle between Islamists and secularists will continue for the foreseeable future.

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