Lebanon discovered 23 Israeli cells and 6 Al Qaeda cells

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Lebanon discovered 23 Israeli cells and 6 Al Qaeda cells

More on this seemingly under reported events in Lebanon, where the Lebanese military with equipment from France have flushed out numerous spy networks.

The Lebanese army has uncovered 25 cells spying for the Israeli Mossad and arrested since early 2009 six networks belonging to Al-Qaeda, high-ranking military sources told An-Nahar newspaper in comments published on Friday. The sources said that the army arrested in the past few days a three-member network which is seen as playing a very important role in intelligence gathering and cooperating with Israel.

"The spy ring could be the most dangerous of all networks given its use of highly developed security techniques," the source told An-Nahar.

Furthermore, the army intelligence reportedly arrested a man identified as "H.S.F" from the southern town of Ain Qana on suspicion of spying for Israel. The man's arrest came after another alleged spy was seized from the same town at dawn Thursday.

The sources told An-Nahar that the army has been lately focusing on "fighting terrorism in its extremist and Israeli aspects" away from media spotlight.

"The army was able up to this date to uncover 25 cells spying for Israel and was able since early this year to arrest six very important extremist networks belonging to Al-Qaeda," the sources said.

Investigation with members of the Israeli cells represents a real challenge because the alleged spies are trained to face investigation and the rings are not connected. Another difficulty is that each person is himself a cell and more effort is required to receive information from him during questioning.

About the latest arrests of two army colonels, the sources said: "The military command worked since assuming its duties to upgrade the intelligence directorate and improve its capabilities through security equipment. As a result of improved military security work in the past few months, suspicion fell on the two colonels who were placed under strict watch until their arrest."

The sources added that Army Chief General Jean Qahwaji took a "bold decision to open the file of cooperating with Israel. He is fully aware of the dangers of investigating with any officer because of suspicion. The decision to question the officers wasn't easy for the army command because an officer cannot be bought and sold."

The army colonels are Mansour Diab and Shahid Toumiyeh. Money and sex were reportedly two factors behind their recruitment as spies.

As for the six terrorist networks, the sources said that they are dangerous because they function on the regional and international level in addition to Lebanon where they planned attacks to target stability, including in areas where UN peacekeepers are deployed.

Members of the networks are from Arab and non-Arab nationalities and the army is coordinating with their countries

By netchicken: posted on 9-6-2009

Western intelligence sources in the Middle East have disclosed to DEBKAfile that a special unit of the Russian Federal Security Service - FSB, commissioned by Hizballah's special security apparatus earlier this year, was responsible for the massive discovery of alleged Israel spy rings in Lebanon in recent months with the help of super-efficient detection systems.

Those sources report that the FSB and Hizballah have amassed quantities of undisclosed data on Israel's clandestine operations in Lebanon and are holding it in reserve in order to leak spectacular discoveries as and when it suits their purpose.

This disclosure, if borne out, would indicate that the Russian agency, which specializes in counterespionage, is engaged for the first time in anti-Israel activity in the service of an Arab terrorist organization. An Israeli security source describes this turn of events extremely grave. It also cast an ominous slant on Moscow's deepening strategic involvement in Syria.

It was generally assumed until now that new electronic devices supplied by France to the Lebanese army were instrumental in uncovering the suspected Israeli spy rings. It now transpires that the Lebanese army was not directly involved; it only detained the suspects handed over by the Shiite Hizballah.

Those same sources disclosed that FSB agents, by blanketing every corner of Lebanon with their sophisticated surveillance systems, were able to detect the spy rings one by one and additionally hack into Israeli intelligence data bases.

The Russians dated Israel's massive clandestine infiltration of Lebanon to shortly after its 2006 Lebanese conflict. The Lebanese Shiites sustained heavy casualties and, fearing an Israeli surprise attack at that point, began conscripting thousands of young Shiites as fighters pell mell, without checking their backgrounds. In their haste, they also rounded up Syrian and Egyptian migrant laborers in Lebanon.

Israel used the opportunity to recruit large numbers of agents in both these groups, especially among the conscripts sent to Revolutionary Guards camps in Iran and Syrian military facilities for training.

By netchicken: posted on 12-8-2009

Yes indeed, thanks for the update it was and is FSB. Israel not happy, oh well, they never are. It is a diaspora problem that is over 2000 years old.

By TUTUTKAMEN: posted on 15-8-2009

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