Abu Hamza, who became the group’s ruler in a small community in Syria, never discovered the Iraqis’ real identities, which were cloaked by code names or simply not revealed. All of the men, however, were former Iraqi officers who had served under Saddam Hussein, including the masked man, who had once worked for an Iraqi intelligence agency and now belonged to the Islamic State’s own shadowy security service, he said.

Sly, Liz.  “The hidden hand behind the Islamic State militants?  Saddam Hussein’s.” The Washington Post, April 4, 2015.

The correspondent: Alexander, who, in your opinion, is the originator of this terrorist attack?

A. Litvinenko: You know, I have spoken about it earlier and I shall say now, that I know only one organization, which has made terrorism the main tool of solving of political problems. It is the Russian special services. The KGB was engaged in terrorism for many years, and, in mass terrorism. At the special department of the KGB they trained terrorists practically from all countries of the world; these courses lasted, as a rule, for a half-year. Specially trained and prepared agents of the KGB organized murders and explosions, including explosions of tankers, captures of passenger air liners, strikes on the diplomatic, state and commercial organizations practically worldwide.

Chechenpress Department of Interviews. “The originator of the acts of terrorism in London was standing near Tony Blair.”  Indymedia, July 19, 2005.

Additional Reference

BackChannels.  Search “Syndicate Red Brown Green”.  Live.

BackChannels.  “The Russian Section”.  Live.

Chechen Center.  “Russian FSB and Al-Qaida as Teamwork.”  April 23, 2013.

Rubin, Barry.  “The World Was Going Our Way: The KGB and the Battle for the Third World — by Christopher Andrew and Vasili Mitrokhin (New York: Basic Books, 2005).”  Book review.  The Middle East Quarterly, Spring 2006, pp. 69-71.

SANA.  “Bogdanov, PFLP-GC discuss dangers of terrorists displacing Palestinians from camps in Syria.”  March 11, 2014.  Note: BackChannels places the Bogdanov-PFLP meeting in November 2014 based on a video clip of the same (but will leave it to readers to locate that data using search string “PFLP, Moscow”).

The Saudis view the Muslim Brotherhood, which took over Egypt for a year from June 30 2012 to July 3, 2013, as a political cult, as a set of secretive revolutionary cells attempting to take over one country after another, rather as Stalinist cells took over Hungary and Czechoslovakia after the end of WW II. I.e., the Saudi leadership now looks at the Brotherhood rather as the American Right wing looked at Communism in the McCarthy period. And it looks at Qatar as the patron of the Brotherhood.

Cole, Juan.  “A New Arab Cold War: Saudi Arabia Pressures Qatar on Muslim Brotherhood, American Think Tanks.”  Informed Comment, March 10, 2014.

From 2002:

In overcoming traditional Shiite-Sunni divides, Gunaratna said bin Laden’s ability to forge relations between Shia and Sunni terrorist groups indicated what he called the terror mastermind’s “goal-oriented rather than rule-oriented doctrine.”

Iran has also been able to bridge Shiite-Sunni divisions, noted Cannistraro, citing Iranian support for Sunni Muslim-dominated groups involved in the Palestinian struggle, including Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Jacino, Leela.  “Is Iran Supporting Al Qaeda?”  ABC News, May 22, 2002.

Rafizadeh, Majid.  “Complex double game: Iran supporting Assad AND al-Qaeda?”  Al Aribya, February 14, 2014.

Rafizadeh, Majid.  “Why ‘Operation: Decisive Storm’ is Iran’s worst nightmare.”  Al-Aribya, March 28, 2015.

Tanter, Raymond.  “Tehran’s Offer to fight al-Qaeda is Like the Arsonist Offering to Put Out the Fire.”  Foreign Policy, January 9, 2014.

Related Drag-and-Drops

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2015/04/05/The-calm-that-preceded-the-Decisive-Storm-.html – 4/5/2015.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2015/04/05/How-can-an-unshackled-Iran-be-confronted-.html – 4/5/2015.

http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/5493/arabs-blast-obama-deal-with-iran – 4/4/2015.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2015/03/30/saudi-arabias-hostile-relationship-with-russia-is-leaving-egypt-stuck-in-the-middle/ – 3/30/2015.

http://en.delfi.lt/central-eastern-europe/putins-russia-do-traces-of-kgb-fsb-and-gru-lead-to-islamic-state.d?id=66856642 – 1/9/2015:

In general, the links between Chechen terrorist and Russian secret services cannot be denied even by those Western experts and commentators who tend to call these links a conspiracy theory.

The fact that the famous Shamil Basayev, Ruslan Gelayev and some others Chechen terrorist commanders began their career not only fighting on the Russian side during the Georgian-Abkhaz war, but were directly trained by the special forces of Russian military intelligence (GRU), was basically never even denied in Russia. The traces of GRU agents were not a secret as well.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/russia-threatens-to-use-nuclear-force-over-crimea-and-the-baltic-states-10150565.html 4/2/2015.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2014/03/20/saudi-arabias-muslim-brotherhood-predicament/ – 3/20/2014.

From correspondence today:

I’ve always said and continue to say that the Cold War was inf fact a “Hot” War by proxies. Also all the Third World anti-Colonialist so-called “Liberation Movements”, primarily “nationalistic” supported by Moscow and Beijing (Peking at the time) were born just before World War II and were for the great majority supported and financed by Nazi Germany in the context of the Geo-Political war (essentially for Oil and strategic positioning)) of the time. When Nazism collapsed, the Soviets took over where the Nazis left off…Aj Ali Husseini Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the PLA (founded by the remnants of the Balkan Arab SS Brigades) being examples. The Baath Parties of Iraq (Sunni) and Syria (Shiite), or the Egyptian National Party of Gamal Abdel Nasser, were all Nazi proxies before Moscow proxies. And so was the Indian National Party of Ghandi, “the prince of peace”, was financed and its military arm armed by Nazi Germany… When Hitler died Nazism morphed into Arab Nationalist movements and the PLA. Today, Hezbollah and Hamas being the spitting images of proto-Nazism, from their goose stepping to their arm stretched salutes…and anti-Semitic agenda.

The author of the above observation, Eric Claessens, grew up in Belgian family that while living in the Belgian Congo became direct witness to the ascent of Patrice Lumumba, which affair has been also back in the news of late (http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/141523/stephen-r-weissman/what-really-happened-in-congo – July / August 2014; http://www.wsj.com/articles/book-review-death-in-the-congo-by-emmanuel-gerard-and-bruce-kuklick-1428089156 – 4/3/2015).


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