“long-term planning for immense, game-changing terror attacks. Luckily, someone was in the right place at the right time to issue a warning, to pass on the information and to prevent the establishment of this infrastructure.” – Israeli source
“It’s almost as if MI5 wanted a Hezbollah cell operating in London isn’t it!” 🙂
- How do Hezbollah operate in London unnoticed? (the most CCTV’d city in the world)
- How did MI5, GCHQ (MI6) not know such a large scale Hezbollah operation was taking place right under their noses? In London? (it’s almost as if they where purposely looking the other way isn’t it!)
- Where any of the suspects on MI5 radar? If not, why not? If so… how the fuck did this go unnoticed?… In London.
- IF they did know (they claim they didn’t)… why did they not share this information with Israeli security services?
- Again… IF they did know… did they share it with the CIA? (who also has a large scale Hezbollah cell operating in New York)
- Who was the foreign intelligence agency that tipped off MI5? (silly question we know… but we want YOU to state it)
- How did this foreign intelligence agency (Mossad) know such a large scale operation was taking place, in London, right under the noses of MI5? 😀 Do they have better intel in London than MI5 do?
- Why where the British public and media not made aware that such an operation had taken place? (political reasons? Iran Nuclear deal?)
- Why where the American public and media not made aware such an operation had taken place in New York? (political reasons? Iran Nuclear deal?)
- Why where UK politicians not made aware of such an operation? Top Secret? From whom? Why? (political reasons? Iran Nuclear deal?)
- Why where UK politicians STILL not made aware of the operation when UK Parliament was debating as to whether designate Hezbollah political arm a terrorist organisation?
- Where American politicians made aware of the operation? (Congress? Senate? Whatever the fuck?)
- Did Obama know?
- Why was the main ring leader of the cell arrested but not charged with terrorism offences?
- Does he now work for MI5?
- Is there any intelligence on who or what the intended targets where going to be? We assume the London cell was planning UK targets (intelligence!)… Jewish? Israeli?… we are dealing with Hezbollah here and not ‘Islamic State’ or ‘Al-Qaeda.’… they where intending for global Jewish targets in the event of Israeli war with Lebanon.
- Other European countries? Which ones? France? Germany?
- Why are they so fucking silent? (François?… Deutsche!… Netherlands? :/)
I actually only have 18 questions? Anyone else?
Jun 10, 2019, 6:25 PM
Hezbollah flag flies during an Al Quds Day parade in central London, before it was banned in 2019. (Jewish News)
Many of us have never needed convincing about just how dangerous Hezbollah is. That’s why – alongside Jewish communal organisations and colleagues from across the House of Commons – we campaigned to have this antisemitic terror group proscribed in its entirety.
Belatedly, and under much pressure, the government finally recognised in February that its attempt to maintain a distinction between Hezbollah’s political wing (which wasn’t banned) and its military wing (which Tony Blair’s administration proscribed) was a dangerous game of semantics.
Indeed, the UK was openly mocked by Hezbollah for maintain a distinction which it itself had explicitly and repeatedly denied the existence of.
I was nonetheless horrified this morning to read the Daily Telegraph’s expose of a plot by Hezbollah-linked operatives to store explosive materials in London, which was foiled by the security services in September 2015.
There was nothing small-scale about this endeavour.
The terrorists were allegedly stockpiling more ammonium nitrate than was used by Timothy McVeigh in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing in which 168 people died. And this appears to have been part of an international conspiracy stretching across several countries.
We can be sure that, without the bravery and expertise of our security services, many innocent lives would have been lost. Hezbollah’s desire to murder Jews, both in Israel and around the world, seems only to be limited by their capacity to kill.
But while we should be enormously grateful to MI5 and the metropolitan police for their efforts, I am deeply concerned that information about this plot appears to have been withheld from both the public and members of parliament.
As a former Home Office minister, I am fully aware that protecting our assets and methods in the fight against terrorism sometimes limits the release of information. However, it appears to me somewhat unusual for information about a plot of this nature to be kept top secret once investigations have been completed, the specific threat eliminated, and any resulting legal and prosecutorial process has worked its way through the courts.
The apparent withholding of this information is all the more worrying given the fact that, during this period, parliament was scrutinising ministers’ decision not to fully proscribe Hezbollah. Indeed, in January 2018, more than two years after the Home Office became aware of the existence of this Hezbollah bomb-making factory in north London, I secured a debate in the House on proscription in which Home Office ministers opposed such a step.
Unfortunately, when I brought this issue up in the House of Commons this afternoon, the response I received from the Security Minister, Ben Wallace, raised more questions than it answered. He both suggested that the question of whether Hezbollah was proscribed in its entirety was irrelevant to this plot, and that the Home Secretary’s decision in February was partly a response to it.
I have, therefore, written to the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, today to ask him to urgently address the following five questions.
First, why were the public and MPs not informed about this plot, especially in the light of the fact that Parliament was debating the nature and seriousness of the threat posed by Hezbollah both to the UK and to our allies abroad at that very moment?
Second, considering that the Government knew about this plot from September 2015, why didn’t it act to fully proscribe Hezbollah then, and, indeed, why did it continue to oppose the full proscription for a further three and a half years, most notably during the debate I organised in January 2018?
Third, given that both the Prime Minister and her predecessor were reportedly personally briefed on the plot, is it the case that nobody in Government ordered this information to be withheld from the public because of its sensitivity due to Iran’s funding and support for Hezbollah and the recent conclusion of the Iran nuclear deal?
Fourth, was the CPS’ decision not to prosecute the individual who was arrested in relation to the plot the result of the fact that, at this time, only Hezbollah’s military wing was banned in the UK?
Fifth, was the Opposition made aware by the Government of this plot after it was disrupted? This is an important question given that, in February’s debate on proscription, the Labour frontbench failed to support a ban – a position opposed by many Labour MPs and one made more worrying and incomprehensible were senior Opposition figures aware that Hezbollah was seemingly using London as a base to prepare terror attacks.
The Government resisted proscription for years, only giving way shortly before the Daily Telegraph’s investigation commenced. Given its hesitancy, and its apparent withholding of crucial information when Parliament debated the issue, we need to keep a very watchful eye on its actions going forward. I fully intend to do so.
Proscription is only the beginning of the process to counter banned terror groups in the UK. It is imperative that the UK deploys a full range of regulatory, law enforcement and intelligence measures against proscribed organisations.
That’s why I have also asked the Home Secretary to update me on the following three areas:
First, what action he is taking to stop Hezbollah funding sources and UK money flows.
Second, how the Home Office intends to tackle front organisations which assist Hezbollah in the UK.
Third, what measures the Home Office is deploying regarding UK citizens or dual UK citizens with ties to Hezbollah, and domestic Hezbollah operatives.
Those of us who fought long and hard for Hezbollah to be totally banned in the UK must now come together to ensure that our Government takes all necessary steps to ensure that this antisemitic terror group has no hiding place in the UK. About the Author Joan Ryan MP is parliamentary chair of Labour Friends of Israel.
Mossad thwarted terror group’s plans for 3.5 years
Report: Hezbollah planned huge, game-changing attacks on Israel targets globally
Israeli intel official says vast ammonium nitrate cache found in 2015 in London, as reported this week, was part of terror group’s planned ‘revenge’ against Israel in case of war
By TOI staff Today, 2:22 pm
Fighters of the Shiite Hezbollah terror group attend the funeral in the southern Lebanese town of Kfar Hatta of a comrade who died in combat in Syria, March 18, 2017. (AFP Photo/ Mahmoud Zayyat)
For three and a half years, Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency played a cat-and-mouse game with the Hezbollah terror group to stymie its efforts to establish explosives storehouses from Thailand to New York, an Israeli intelligence official confirmed this week.
The largest cache, containing some three tons of ammonium nitrate, a key ingredient for some types of explosives, was found at four locations in north London, sites raided by the Metropolitan Police in September 2015. Other caches planted by Hezbollah cells were discovered in Cyprus, Thailand and as-yet unnamed European countries, according to reports.
The Hezbollah plot to establish infrastructure in London in preparation for future attacks was revealed Sunday in the UK’s Daily Telegraph newspaper.
That report, based on sources in Britain, the US and Cyprus, noted that a foreign intelligence agency, unnamed, had tipped off Britain’s MI5 and the Metropolitan Police about the explosives.
On Monday, an unnamed senior Israeli official told Israel’s Kan public broadcaster the warning had come from the Mossad.
On Wednesday, a report in the Yedioth Ahronoth daily expanded on the revelation, citing unnamed Israeli intelligence officials offering new details about the Israeli effort to stymie Hezbollah’s activities — which police in London, Cyprus and Thailand have concluded were ultimately directed at Israeli assets in those countries.
Illustrative: Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in London. (Yossi Zamir/Flash90)
“Hezbollah is preparing for a situation in which it will decide to seek revenge, whether for something taking place between Israel and Lebanon or for an attack on Iran’s nuclear sites, and has established a network of enormous caches of advanced explosive materials” for that purpose, Yedioth quoted an Israeli intelligence official as saying.
The Mossad learned in 2014 of the plan by Hezbollah’s Unit 910, responsible for the group’s foreign operations, to develop the ability to launch massive terror attacks at will around the world.
Mossad information enabled Thai authorities to nab a cell in the country in early 2015, followed in April of that year by the arrest of Hezbollah operative Hussein Abdullah in Cyprus after his cellar was found to contain a ton of ammonium nitrate.
The Israeli source told Yedioth that the effort by the Lebanese terror group involved “long-term planning for immense, game-changing terror attacks. Luckily, someone was in the right place at the right time to issue a warning, to pass on the information and to prevent the establishment of this infrastructure.”
Mossad unveils secret Hezbollah terror network across Europe
June 12, 2019
Over the course of the past three and a half years, Israel’s Intelligence Agency, Mossad, has provided information that has led to the discovery of weapons stockpiles belonging to the Iranian-proxy Hezbollah across Europe.
According to a report that was published on the Israeli Yedioth Ahronoth daily, “the largest (weapons) stockpile, three tons of raw materials for the manufacturing bombs, was discovered in several warehouses in northwestern London.”
According to the author of the report, Ronen Bergman, who has known ties with senior Mossad officials, the multiple weapons caches that were unveiled were not limited to Europe, as “Additional stockpiles were discovered in Thailand, Cyprus and other countries.”
The reported involvement of Israel’s intelligence agency in unveiling Hezbollah’s malign activities across Europe comes just two days after the British Daily Telegraph reported that on the 30th of September, 2015, a short time after Britain played an active and supporting role in the nuclear agreement with Iran, the London Metropolitan Police raided four houses and warehouses in northwestern London, where they found three tons of ammonium nitrate, a raw material that is used to build bombs similar to the one that was used to blow up the U.S. federal building in Oklahoma City – a deadly terror attack that claimed the lives of 168 people.
According to the report, the information about that police operation was provided to British authorities by a third party, which the Israeli media report attributed to the Mossad. The Israeli Intelligence Agency informed the British authorities that members of Hezbollah‘s foreign operations unit were in the process of establishing stockpiles in various locations across the United Kingdom – information that led to an undercover operation by the British intelligence branch MI-5 and the London Metropolitan Police, an operation that culminated in the raids. The 2915 raid was deemed so very severe that Theresa May, who was the British home secretary at the time, and Prime Minister David Cameron, were informed about the operation in real time.
According to an Israeli intelligence official “Hezbollah is preparing itself for a situation in which it is going to want to go on a revenge spree, either because of (future) events between Israel and Lebanon or (potentially) because of an attack on nuclear sites in Iran.”
It is important to note that according to informed sources, “additional stockpiles were discovered (by the Mossad) in other locations across Europe,” and while Hezbollah had tried to establish a similar stockpile in the United States – it failed to do so.”