Prosor: Western Africa is Hizbullah´s Power Base (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gavriel Queenann 02/22/12)
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Israel´s Ambassador to the United Nations told the Security Council
on Tuesday that western Africa has become Hizbullah’s “powerbase.”
“Israel is particularly concerned over Hezbollah´s use of the area
[West Africa] as a base of terror operations. Criminal initiatives
bolster Hezbollah´s efforts to create sleeper-cells in the area,” Ron
Prosor told the Council.
“The world can´t stand idly by – this endangers more than just Africa
but innocent lives the world over, as we have seen in New Delhi,
Tbilisi and Bangkok," he added.
Prosor told the Security Council that “Israel could play a key role
in the global fight against the infiltration of crime-backed terror
activity into Western Africa."
He also offered Israeli assistance in forming an "international
intelligence agency" dedicated to foiling terror attacks "worldwide."
Prosor´s comments came on the same day that authorities in Azerbaijan
uncovered a Hizbullah terror cell that had sought to target Israeli
diplomats and Jewish figures in Baku.
Early last week, the wife of Israel´s defense attaché in Delhi was
seriously injured in a car bombing. A similar bomb attached to an
Israeli diplomatic vehicle in Tbilisi, while the would-be bombers in
Bangkok botched their attempt.
Thai police arrested three Iranian nationals in connection with the
Bangkok attack and are looking for two more terrorists who remain at
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has openly accused Iran and its
terror confederate Hizbullah of being behind the attacks, saying it
revealed Tehran´s "true face."
Prosor lodged a formal complaint naming both Iran and Hizbullah in
the attacks with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Hizbullah denied any involvement in the string of bombing attempts,
but did indicate it planned to target senior Israeli officials. Iran
has also denied the charges.
There have been numerous reports in the media indicating Hizbullah
uses businessmen in West Africa financiers and arms smugglers.
Sources in the US intelligence community have accused Hizbullah of
trafficking in arms and drugs to finance its terror operations.
Earlier this month, Hizbullah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan
Nasrallah denied media reports that his group was involved in money
laundering or drugs trafficking to fund the group’s war against
He also denied media reports that Hizbullah was involved in any
commercial ventures in or outside Lebanon. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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