December 2, 2005
the past year, every single news excerpt that has been posted on this
site has been meticulously referenced to its original source. This
posting will not be able to do that since the source, Yedioth Ahronoth, is in Hebrew with rare translations of its content in English and Arabic. However, these items are noteworthy.
Israelis trained Kurds in Iraq Yediot Ahronot, December 1, 2005
number of Israeli companies have won contracts with the Kurdish
government in northern Iraq to train and equip Kurdish security forces
and build an international airport, Yedioth Ahronoth reports; al-Qaeda
warning of attack prompts hasty exit of all Israeli instructors from
region Anat Tal-Shir.
Dozens of Israelis with a background in elite
military combat training have been working for private Israeli
companies in northern Iraq where they helped the Kurds establish elite
anti-terror units, Israel’s leading newspaper Yedioth Ahronot revealed
According to the report, the Kurdish government contracted
Israeli security and communications companies to train Kurdish security
forces and provide them with advanced equipment.
Motorola Israel and
Magalcom Communications and Computers won contracts with the Kurdish
government to the tune of hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars.
flagship of the contracts is the construction of an international
airport in the northern Kurdish city of Ibril, a stepping stone towards
the fulfillment of Kurdish national aspirations for independence.
addition to Motorola and Magalcom, a company owned by Israeli
entrepreneur Shlomi Michaels is in full business partnership with the
Kurdish government,providing strategic consultation on economic and
The strategic consultation company was initially
established by former Mossad chief Danny Yatom (Labor) and Michaels,
yet Yatom sold his shares upon his election to the Knesset.
that’s not all. Leading Israeli companies in the field of security and
counter-terrorism have set up a training camp under the codename Z at a
secret location in a deserted region in northern Iraq, where Israeli
experts provide training in live fire exercises and self-defense to
Kurdish security forces.
Al-Qaeda warning prompts hasty Israeli exit
of equipment, including motorcycles, tractors, sniffer dogs, systems to
upgrade Kalashnikov rifles, and bulletproof vests, have been shipped to
Iraq’s northern region, with most products stamped 'Made in Israel.’
Israeli instructors entered Iraq through Turkey using their Israeli
passports, undercover as agriculture experts and infrastructure
The Kurds had insisted the cooperation projects were kept
secret, fearing exposure would motivate terror groups to target their
Recent warnings that al-Qaeda may plan an attack on
Kurdish training camps, prompted a hasty exit of all Israeli trainers
from Iraq’s northern Kurdish regions.
The Defense Ministry said in
response to the report that, "We haven’t allowed Israelis to work in
Iraq, and each activity, if performed, was a private initiative,
without our authorization, and is under the responsibility of the
employers and the employees involved."
"The Defense Ministry renews
its warning to Israeli citizens who choose to ignore our guidance and
travel to banned destinations."
MK denies connection to strategic firm
Israel said it is a U.S. company that operates in over 70 countries
throughout the world, including in Iraq where it helped set up a
cellular phone network and provided communications systems and
equipment to Iraqi security forces.
"Motorola’s global operations
are in full accordance with U.S. laws, and the laws of local
governments," a Motorola official said.
Magalcom sufficed with the
following statement: "Being a public company traded on the NASDAQ and
the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, Magalcom reports on its activities as
required by law. The company is not in the habit of disclosing
information about its customers beyond what appears in our reports."
MK Yatom said he has had no contact with the strategic consultation company since being elected to the Knesset.
"I haven’t promoted it and insisted on not receiving updates about its activities," he said.
This is a short version of the above.
Israelis training Kurds in northern Iraq - Reuters, December 1, 2005
This is a much more detailed version of the above (in Arabic), with names and dates.
يجدون صعوبة في مواصلة المسرحية. كل تلميح ولو صغير في صحيفة سعودية حول
المشاركة الاسرائيلية العسكرية في العراق، كان يثير حفيظتهم وذعرهم. هم
عرفوا أن كشف المشاركة الاسرائيلية في كردستان سيكون نهاية للتجارة
المزدهرة. وهو ايضا نهاية لحرية تجوال الاسرائيلي في شمالي العراق.عندما
دخل سنغري الى قاعدة غاضبا، بادعاء أن الاستخبارات الايرانية قد كشفت
القاعدة الاسرائيلية، رحل الاسرائيليون من هناك. ليس فورا، وليسوا كلهم،
إلا أنهم فروا. ولكن خلال شهر لم يبق أي اسرائيلي هناك. ولم تكن أي اموال
حتى لو كانت رواتب ضخمة، وحالمة، لتُبقيهم في ذلك المكان.ء
بقلم: تصادوق يحزقيلي وآخرين
يديعوت - تقرير -December 2, 2005
Mossad has had a long history with the Barazani Kurdish clan in
Northern Iraq and is documented in the book "The Mossad in Iraq" by Shlomo Nakdimon (a review of the book in Arabic). This is the book's cover:
are some pictures of the late Barazni (father of present Masoud
Barazani) with Mossad intelligence officers in the North of Iraq:
Head of Mossad delegation, Haim Libkob with Barazani-1972
Barazani (on left) with Deputy Mossad Director in Northern Iraq-1966
Maier Amit on left of Barazani and David Kron on his right-1966