2012年8月15日水曜日

イラン核科学者暗殺者 TVインタビュー

イラン核科学者暗殺者のTVインタビューがあった。
 イランで、少なくとも4人の核科学者が暗殺された事件を巡り、イラン
国営テレビは、殺害に関与したとして逮捕された容疑者13人が、「イスラ
エルで訓練を受けた」と自白する映像を公表した。

容疑者
・男性8人、女性5人。イラン国籍
・うち1人の男性は、イラク東部やイスラエルの軍事関連施設で「車体に
 爆弾を取りつける方法などの訓練を受けた」
・30才代とみられる女性は「性的な関係を使い、情報を集めた」。

・Behzad Abdoli
 トルコ、キプロス、テル・アビブと移動。
 訓練は、米国とイスラエルによる資金支援

・Arash Kheradkish
 走行中の車体に爆弾を取りつける方法の訓練を受けた
 訓練終了後、金銭が支払われた
 イランに帰国

The assassination control room
・所在地 テル・アビブ
・ワシントンとロンドンから命令を受ける

イラン政府による国民のガス抜きとして、モサド、CIA、MI6を批判説も
ある。
作戦成功のために、実行は少数でもチームが構成されるようだから、
訓練は実行者養成したと思う。イランの諜報員もイスラエルにいるはず
だから、訓練施設は、一致するかもしれないが、訓練内容が真実か不明。
最近の暗殺は、二人乗りだったと記憶があるので、一致しないと思う。
プロパガンダがどこまでだろうか。

イスラエル 対イラン工作
ブルガリア イスラエル人標的テロか


Confessions of alledged Israeli trained terrorists released by ministry of intelligence


---イスラエルで訓練と自白…イランの核科学者暗殺---
2012年8月6日18時29分  読売新聞
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/world/news/20120806-OYT1T00991.htm

 【テヘラン=酒井圭吾】イランで2010年以降、少なくとも4人の核科学者が暗殺された事件を巡り、イラン国営テレビは5日、殺害に関与したとして逮捕された容疑者13人が、「イスラエルで訓練を受けた」と自白する映像を公表した。
 映像に出ているのは、男性8人、女性5人。いずれもイラン国籍とみられるが、当局は詳しい身元を明らかにしていない。
 うち1人の男性は、イラク東部やイスラエルの軍事関連施設で「車体に爆弾を取りつける方法などの訓練を受けた」と述べた上、核科学者を爆殺した状況を詳述した。また、30歳代とみられる女性は「性的な関係を使い、情報を集めた」と語った。
 映像では、ナレーションで「訓練は米国の資金援助で行われていた」とも断言。核開発を巡って、イラン包囲網を狭めるイスラエルや欧米を非難した。イランが映像を作成、公表した背景には、国内の不満を外部にそらす意図もありそうだ。


---Analysis: Iran's spies are losing the shadow war with US and Israel---
By The Daily Beast, Christopher Dickey
9:51PM BST 07 Aug 2012
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/journalists/the-daily-beast/9460370/Analysis-Irans-spies-are-losing-the-shadow-war-with-US-and-Israel.html

In Syria and around the world, Iran’s covert operatives are struggling.

 The powerful Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, its infamous expeditionary unit, the Quds Force, and the network of Hezbollah operatives it supports around the world are starting to look like the proverbial gang that couldn’t shoot straight. They’re still dangerous, to be sure, but a series of recent incidents widely attributed to these groups suggest that as spies, assassins and terrorists, they just aren’t what they used to be. And Tehran is getting worried.

According to sources in the Iranian capital, concerns about IRGC inadequacies are fueling the bitter infighting among Iran’s elites at a critical time: the war in Syria threatens to bring down Iran’s most vital Arab ally, the confrontation with Israel and the West over Iran’s nuclear program has provoked devastating sanctions, and a military attack on Iran by Israel still looms as a distinct possibility. This is a bad moment for the Iranians to discover their fearsome covert operatives are essentially incompetent.

Last weekend, for instance, Syrian rebels captured a group of 48 Iranians who were alleged to be IRGC members on “a reconnaissance mission” in Damascus. Rumours have circulated extensively in Tehran (a very rumour-prone city) that the head of the Quds Force, Qasem Suleimani himself, was wounded recently when his convoy was attacked in Damascus. Over the last year, at least nine apparent Iranian assassination and bomb plots around the world have failed or been thwarted. The grim attack on a bus full of Israeli tourists in Bulgaria last month, which killed seven people and wounded 30, appears to have been the exceptional “success” for these murderers rather than the rule.

 On almost every front in a wide-ranging covert war with Israel and the United States, Iran appears to be suffering major setbacks. Its nuclear program was disrupted by the Stuxnet computer worm in 2010 and at least one virus since. Its scientists have been attacked and five of them murdered. According to one source, recent leaks provided Western intelligence services with detailed information about work on the Iranian nuclear programme at the Parchin military complex, which may have encouraged the Americans and their allies to toughen their stand in the faltering talks meant to defuse the crisis.

As always in covert wars, denial is part of the picture, and sometimes a kind of perverse affirmation. The Iranian government denies any connection to the various alleged plots over the last year in the United States, Cyprus, India, Thailand and Bulgaria, even though they are widely seen as attempted retaliation for the attacks on its scientists. (Iranian state television broadcast a documentary film on Sunday, “Terror Club,” that included “confessions” by Iranians who said they had been trained in Israel to carry out the murders of Iran’s nuclear scientists. Israel has never officially acknowledged a role in the killings.) Last month, intelligence analysts at the New York City Police Department prepared a detailed chronology of nine alleged Iran-backed plots in other cities around the world this year, all of them apparently aimed at Jewish targets. The NYPD stepped up security around several similar sites in New York City.

Some of the alleged IRGC plots appear so convoluted it’s hard to believe they were ever serious, or, indeed, ever existed. Would the Iranians really have tried to hire members of a Mexican drug cartel to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington in a crowded DC restaurant last year? Mansour Arbabsiar, an Iranian-American former used-car salesman from Texas, whose lawyers say he is bipolar, is awaiting trial in New York for his alleged role as a middleman in that plot.

The Iranian government insists the Iranian citizens who are now “hostages” in Syrian rebel hands were mere religious pilgrims visiting the Shia shrine of Sayyida Zeinab in Damascus. But Tehran says it will hold the United States responsible for their treatment.

The back and forth of denial and recrimination is reminiscent of events 30 years ago in Lebanon, when Iranian agents were captured by hostile militias and the retaliation came in the form of multiple Iranian-backed kidnappings that targeted American journalists, a CIA station chief, an American colonel and other Westerners.

Back then, however, the Iranians and their agents working under the government’s Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) showed impressive, if frightening, tradecraft. Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, the Iranians pulled off a series of assassinations targeting opponents of the regime in Paris, Geneva, Rome, Vienna and elsewhere. Sometimes they used guns and sometimes car bombs, as in two attacks on Jewish targets in Argentina that took more than 100 lives in the early 1990s. On August 6, 1981, Iranian agents murdered a former Iranian prime minister, Shapour Bakhtiar, in his own heavily guarded house outside of Paris with a knife from his kitchen, then calmly walked out the front door.

In recent years, however, especially since the political upheaval following rigged presidential elections in 2009, the MOIS has been pushed aside in many areas by the separate, independent and much clumsier IRGC. “You read about ‘the elite IRGC’ and the ‘elite Quds Force,’” says a veteran American operative in the counter-terror wars. “Well, there is nothing ‘elite’ about the IRGC. It’s not the MOIS, which has a certain elegance.”

“They are using Hezbollah operatives where they can find them, or borrow them, and they are willing to use criminal elements,” says the American operative. “That’s what happens when you try to push out nine plots in six months. One maybe, or two. But nine - you get sloppy.”

According to one of our correspondents in the region who is in close contact with various governmental sources in Iran, senior leaders of the regular Iranian army, which has been sidelined for decades as the IRGC gained strength, are now accusing the IRGC of squandering precious military resources and political capital it its efforts to save the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been a major Assad supporter, according to these sources, supplying expensive military hardware to help bolster the regime. His IRGC allies advised Assad early on to hang tough and forget about reforms, much as they had done when suppressing the popular protests in Iran in 2009.

Any Iranian leadership might have taken this stand - reluctant to lose such a strategically important ally and a critical link to the powerful Hezbollah forces in Lebanon - but Ahmadinejad and Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei have become rivals, and Khamenei may use the record of IRGC failures to force out commanders who haven’t supported him in these intramural fights.

According to our correspondent, who is not named for security reasons, a “mole hunt” has begun inside the Quds Force, looking for the source or sources of mismanagement and potentially disastrous leaks to hostile intelligence forces. As in many a bureaucracy, it would be easier to blame conspirators than incompetents. Meanwhile, the deadly game of spy and counter-spy continues.


---Iran Scientist Assasinations: Confessions In Murder Of Nuclear Scientists Aired On State TV---
By ALI AKBAR DAREINI 08/05/12 05:03 PM ET
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/05/iran-scientist-assasinations-state-tv-confessions_n_1744862.html


Iran Scientist Assasinations: Confessions In Murder Of Nuclear Scientists Aired On State TV

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iranian state television on Sunday broadcast purported confessions by more than a dozen suspects in connection with the killing of five nuclear scientists since 2010.

The broadcast showed some of the suspects re-enacting the assassinations in different districts of the capital Tehran. The 14 suspects shown on TV included eight men and six women.

The TV showed pictures from a military garrison it said was a training camp outside Tel Aviv in Israel. It said the suspects took courses there, including how to place magnetic bombs on cars - the method used in the killing of the scientists.

Iran says the attacks are part of a covert campaign by Israel and the West to sabotage its nuclear program, which the U.S. and its allies suspect is aimed at producing nuclear weapons. Iran denies that.

Iran's intelligence chief, Heidar Moslehi, had promised recently to provide detailed TV pictures about the case.

Iran has blamed Israel's Mossad as well as the CIA and Britain's MI6 for the assassinations, with support from some of Iran's neighbors. The U.S. and Britain and denied involvement in the slayings. Israel has not commented.

The TV said closed circuit cameras in a Tehran street recorded one of the operations, providing clues for Iran's intelligence agencies to identify and arrest the suspects.

One of the suspects, Behzad Abdoli, claimed that he received training in Israel, along with several others.

"I entered Turkey and then was taken to Cyprus by ship. From there, I entered Israel and (then) Tel Aviv ... They (Israelis) said that this group is being supported financially by the U.S. and Israel," he said.

Another suspect, Arash Kheradkish, said he received training in attaching magnetic bombs to moving cars.

"There was a motorcycle racing complex (in Tel Aviv) where we received training. We were told we needed to improve our skills so that we would be able to attach magnetized bombs to moving cars ... We were given time bombs that we had to push the start button when we attached it," he said. "At the end of the training course, members (of the group) were given money. They arranged our return (to Iran)."

The broadcast said Jamali Fashi and Arash Kheradkish got the highest grades during training in Tel Aviv and were chosen to lead the operations.

Maziar Ebrahimi, another suspect, said there were three groups involved in the bombings: Two on a motorbike, a car driving in front to slow the target car and a third support team waiting nearby to help if necessary.

"The assassination control room was in Tel Aviv, but it was receiving the orders from Washington and London," the TV report said.

The TV report did not say if the 14 suspects have already stood trial or when they would be tried.

In May, Iran hanged Majid Jamali Fashi, 24, who was sentenced to death for the 2010 killing of Tehran University physics professor Masoud Ali Mohammadi. Fashi, who said in televised confessions that he was recruited by Mossad, was convicted last August.

At least five Iranian nuclear scientists, including a manager at the Natanz enrichment facility, have been killed since 2010.

Officials say that campaign includes the abduction of Iranian scientists, the sale of faulty equipment and the planting of a destructive computer worm known as Stuxnet, which briefly brought Iran's uranium enrichment activity to a halt in 2010.

The broadcast said Iran reserves the right to pursue the case through legal channels at international bodies.

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