Sunday, March 27, 2016


Bruce Tifft former head of the Central Intelligence Agency covert operations unit stressed that Iranian regime has played a role in the September 11 terrorist attack in New York. He told Alshrqolousat "The Iranian regime gave logistical support and safe haven there, and was involved in planning the operation with senior elements of "Al Qaeda".

Belgian police arrested three more people on Friday as investigations into Tuesday’s suicide bombings by Islamist militants in Brussels threw up more links to killings in Paris last year.
The federal prosecutor’s office said the operation was connected to the arrest in Paris on Thursday of an Islamist convicted in Belgium last year and suspected of plotting a new attack.
Nine people in total have been arrested since Thursday in Belgium and two in Germany, as European authorities swoop on Islamic State militants they link both to the Brussels bombings that killed 31 people and to the attacks in Paris last November that killed 130.
The March 22 terrorist attack in Brussels left 31 people dead and 270 wounded. It brought international condemnation.
The Iranian resistance president-elect Maryam Rajavi who is a Muslim woman condemned the Brussels' airport and subway station terrorist attack describing it as crime against humanity.

In a historic event Radovan Karadzic, the former leader of the breakaway Serb Republic in Bosnia, was sentenced Thursday March 24 to 40 years in prison after being found responsible for genocide and nine other counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Karadžić, who had been the President of the self-styled Bosnian Serb Republic, was convicted of genocide in the area of Srebrenica in 1995, of persecution, extermination, murder, deportation, inhumane acts (forcible transfer), terror, unlawful attacks on civilians and hostage-taking.

During a trip to Argentina, President Barack Obama offered whatever help U.S. can provide to hold those responsible for the deadly 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires.
Argentinian investigators have blamed senior figures in the Iranian regime for the attack, the worst in the country’s history.
Eighty-five people were killed in the AMIA bombing, which came two years after a similar attack – also involving an explosives-laden truck driven by a suicide bomber – on the Israeli Embassy in the city left 29 people dead.
After years of inconclusive inquiries and alleged cover-ups under previous governments, President Nestor Kirchner on taking office in 2003 appointed a special prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, who after in-depth investigations determined that Iranian regime had masterminded the AMIA bombing and tasked Hezbollah to carry it out.
In 2007, Argentina asked Interpol to issue “red notices” – a rough equivalent of an international arrest warrant – for eight senior Iranian officials and a top Hezbollah terrorist suspected of involvement.
Interpol complied with the request in the cases of the Lebanese suspect and five of the Iranians. The Lebanese man, Hezbollah terror chief Imad Mughniyah, was killed in a bomb blast in Damascus in 2008.
The Iranians were Ahmed Vahidi, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Qods Force at the time (and later defense minister in the Mahmoud Ahmadinejad government); Ali Fallahian, Iran’s intelligence chief at the time of the bombing; Mohsen Rezai, IRGC commander at the time, and now secretary of an advisory council to the Iranian regime’s supreme leader; and two officials based at the Iranian Embassy in Buenos Aires at the time of the bombing, Mohsen Rabbani and Ahmad Reza Asghari. Then in early 2013 President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (Nestor Kirchner’s widow) reached a controversial agreement with Iran’s regime to establish a joint “truth commission” to investigate the AMIA bombing.
Nisman, the chief AMIA investigator, among others opposed the “truth commission” deal and in 2014 an Argentine court ruled it unconstitutional. The Fernandez government said it would appeal the ruling in the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile Nisman’s investigations revealed allegations of widespread illicit Iranian activity in Argentina and Latin America, including intelligence gathering and support for terror activities.
In January last year, a new scandal erupted when Nisman alleged that Fernandez and other officials were trying to shield the Iranian terror suspects in exchange for improved trade ties.
Fernandez denied the allegations. Four days later – one day before Nisman was due to testify before Argentina’s Congress about the allegations – his body was found in his apartment with a gunshot wound to the head. His mysterious death sparked large street protests and an investigation that is still underway.
On taking office late last year, Macri dropped his predecessor’s appeal against the court ruling that the agreement with Iranian regime was unconstitutional. He also established a special unit within the Justice Ministry to investigate the AMIA bombing.
Early this month, a former Argentine intelligence operations chief Antonio Stiuso testified that Nisman had been killed by a group with ties to Fernandez, because he refused to drop the investigation, CNSNews wrote. After Stiuso’s testimony the presiding judge ruled that the case be moved to a higher court.

The Obama administration on Thursday announced the indictment of seven Iranian hackers for a coordinated campaign of cyber-attacks on dozens of U.S. banks and a New York dam from 2011 to 2013, Reuters reported. The charged hackers are identified as Ahmad Fathi, Hamid Firoozi, Amin Shokohi, Sadegh Ahmadzadegan, Omid Ghaffarinia, Sina Keissar and Nader Seidi, all citizens and residents of Iran. They are wanted by the FBI.
The indictment, filed in a federal court in New York City, described the suspects, who live in Iran, as 'experienced computer hackers' believed to have been working on behalf of the Iranian regime. Separately, the U.S. Treasury Department blacklisted two Iranian companies on Thursday for supporting the Iranian regime’s ballistic missile program and also sanctioned two British businessmen it said were helping an airline used by the regime’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).