Saudi master of terror Osama bin Laden is set to join Yasser Arafat’s uprising
against Israel, according to DEBKA-Net-Weekly’s counter-terrorism sources.
According to the intelligence report, the U.S. tipped off Israel last week that bin Laden’s al Qaeda cells and networks in Lebanon were complete and ready to launch strikes in Israel. They operate under the command of Imad Mughniyeh, terrorism and intelligence consultant to Iranian spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said the report. As former head of the Lebanese militant Hezbollah’s security apparatus in the 1980s, Mughniyeh was responsible for the 1993 bombing of the U.S. Embassy and Marine barracks in Beirut and the blasting of Israeli locations in Argentina.
The Bin Laden-Mughniyeh alliance for terrorizing the West is long-standing, according to the DEBKA-Net-Weekly report. It was forged in the early 1990s by the Egyptian-born former U.S. army sergeant Ali Mohamed, who, on Oct. 20, 2000, became the first of bin Laden’s associates to plead guilty in a U.S. court to conspiring with the Saudi terrorist.
Mohamed’s confession is the key to convicting the five suspects (of a list of 22) who are currently on trial before the Manhattan federal court for the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 223 people including 12 Americans. The U.S. indictment against him cites Mohamed as revealing that bin Laden and Mughniyeh carried out joint operations in the past with direct support from Iran.
Next week, Arafat has plans to attend an international conference in support of the intifada in Tehran. It is his first trip to Iran in many years. According to a report in the New York Daily News, Iranian intelligence decided recently that Arafat has “resumed the path of the people” by launching the 5-month-old intifada and by breaking off peace talks with Israel.
Arafat plans to meet with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in a trip that has been kept quiet throughout the Middle East.
The stated goal of the conference is to seek “ways to establish an independent Palestinian state from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea” – which, of course, means the elimination of the state of Israel.
Attendees at the conference include a veritable who’s who of Islamic terrorism -– representatives of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Hezbollah.
The Palestinian Authority is reportedly keeping the Iran trip quiet because of Arafat’s official renunciation of terrorism, for which he won the Nobel Peace Prize and gained recognition as a negotiating partner with Israel and the U.S.
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