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[casi] OT: How Mossad Got America To Bomb Libya And Fight Iraq

This article can easily be dismissed as part of 'Israel's to blame
for everything in the ME'. In the UK the government has managed to
avoid a proper enquiry into the intelligence and reasons for going to
war. The Kelly inquiry has proved very useful in buying time and as a
distraction - echoes of 'Yes Minister'. My hope is that if our
Governments can be shown to have lied, then that will lead to them
releasing their stranglehold over Iraq's future, more information
coming through about how damaged Iraq has been by our wars and
sanctions and then more money for reconstruction - led by Iraqi
priorities for reconstruction.

OSTROVESKY: How Mossad Got America To Bomb Libya And Fight Iraq
Dec 06, 2003
By Victor Ostrovsky and Claire Hoy

Editors Note: This article shows the tactics that Mossad use in order
to create wars. It is equally applicable to methods being currently
used to disseminate disinformation about Al-Qaida in order to keep
the "war on terrorism" alive. Victor Ostrovsky was a Mossad case
officer from 1982 to 1986 and the methods he describes are exactly
those being used today. He also knows that being famous is what keeps
him alive.

We remind our viewers that the statements, opinions and points of
view expressed in this article are those of the author and shall not
be deemed to mean that they are necessarily those of Jihad Unspun,
the publisher, editor, writers, contributors or staff.

Revealing the facts as I know them from my vantage point of four
years spent inside the Mossad was by no means an easy task.

Coming from an ardent Zionist background, I had been taught that the
state of Israel was incapable of misconduct. That we were the David
in the unending struggle against the ever-growing Goliath. That there
was no one out there to protect us but ourselves - a feeling
reinforced by the Holocaust survivors who
lived among us.

We, the new generation of Israelites, the resurrected nation on its
own land after more than two thousand years of exile, were entrusted
with the fate of the nation as a whole.

The commanders of our army were called champions, not generals. Our
leaders were captains at the helm of a great ship. I was elated when
I was chosen and granted the privilege to join what I considered to
be the elite team of the Mossad.

But it was the twisted ideals and self-centred pragmatism that I
encountered inside the Mossad, coupled with this so-called team's
greed, lust, and total lack of respect for human life, that motivated
me to tell this story.

It is out of love for Israel as a free and just country that I am
laying my life on the line by so doing, facing up to those who took
it upon themselves to turn the Zionist dream into the present-day

The Mossad, being the intelligence body entrusted with the
responsibility of plotting the course for the leaders at the helm of
the nation, has betrayed that trust. Plotting on its own behalf, and
for petty, self-serving reasons, it has set the nation on a collision
course with all-out war.

One of the main themes of this book is Victor's belief that Mossad is
out of control, that even the prime minister, although ostensibly in
charge, has no real authority over its actions .

The Mossad - believe it or not - has just 30 to 35 case officers, or
katsas, operating in the world at any one time. The main reason for
this extraordinary low total, as you will read in this book, is that
unlike other countries, Israel can tap the significant and loyal
cadre of the worldwide Jewish community outside Israel. This is done
through a unique system of sayanim, volunteer Jewish helpers.

My first six weeks were uneventful. I worked at the downtown office,
essentially as a gofer and filing clerk. But one chilly day in
February 1984, I found myself joining 14 others on a small bus. ...
This course was to be known as Cadet 16, as it was the sixteenth
course of Mossad cadets.

He walked briskly to the head of the table while the other two sat at
the back of the room. "My name is Aharon Sherf," he said. "I am the
head of the Academy. Welcome to the Mossad. Its full name is Ha
Mossad, le Modiyn ve le Tafkidim Mayuhadim [the Institute for
Intelligence and Special Operations]. Our motto is: 'By way of
deception, thou shalt do war.'

"It's the old Trojan dick trick." He lit a cigarette.

"What's that?" I couldn't help smiling; I'd never heard it called
that before.

"I knew that would get your attention," he said, grinning. "Shimon
activated Operation Trojan in February of this year."

I nodded. I'd still been in the Mossad when that order was given, and
because of my naval background and acquaintance with most of the
commanders in the navy, I participated in the planning for the
operation as liaison with the navy.

A Trojan was a special communication device that could be planted by
naval commandos deep inside enemy territory. The device would act as
a relay station for misleading transmissions made by the
disinformation unit in the Mossad, called LAP, and intended to be
received by American and British listening stations. Originating from
an IDF navy ship out at sea, the pre-recorded digital transmissions
could be picked up only by the Trojan. The device would then
rebroadcast the transmission on another frequency, one used for
official business in the enemy country, at which point the
transmission would finally be picked up by American ears in Britain.

The listeners would have no doubt they had intercepted a genuine
communication, hence the name Trojan, reminiscent of the mythical
Trojan horse. Further, the content of the messages, once deciphered,
would confirm information from other intelligence sources, namely the
Mossad. The only catch was that the Trojan itself would have to be
located as close as possible to the normal origin of such
transmissions, because of the sophisticated methods of triangulation
the Americans and others would use to verify the source.

In the particular operation Ephraim was referring to, two elite units
in the military had been made responsible for the delivery of the
Trojan device to the proper location. One was the Matkal
reconnaissance unit and the other was Flotilla 13, the naval
commandos. The commandos were charged with the task of planting the
Trojan device in Tripoli, Libya.

On the night of February 17-18, two Israeli missile boats, the SAAR 4-
class Moledet, armed with Harpoon and Gabriel surface-to surface
missiles, among other weaponry, and the Geula, a Hohit-class missile
boat with a helicopter pad and regular SAAR 4-class armament,
conducted what seemed like a routine patrol of the Mediterranean,
heading for the Sicilian channel and passing just outside the
territorial waters of Libya. Just north of Tripoli, the warships,
which were visible to radar both in Tripoli and on the Italian island
of Lampedusa, slowed down to about four knots - just long enough to
allow a team of twelve naval commandos in four wet submarines
nicknamed "pigs" and two low-profiled speedboats called "birds" to
disembark. The pigs could carry two commandos each and all their
fighting gear.

The birds, equipped with an MG 7.62-caliber machine gun mounted over
the bow and an array of antitank shoulder-carried missiles, could
facilitate six commandos each, while towing the empty plugs. The
birds brought the pigs as close to the shore as possible, thus
cutting down the distance the pigs would have to travel on their own.
(The pigs were submersible and silent but relatively slow.)

Two miles off the Libyan coast, the lights of Tripoli could be seen
glistening in the southeast. Eight commandos slipped quietly into the
plugs and headed for shore. The birds stayed behind at the rendezvous
point, ready to take action should the situation arise. Once they
reached the beach, the commandos left their cigar like transporters
submerged in the shallow water and headed inland, carrying a dark
green Trojan cylinder six feet long and seven inches in diameter. It
took two men to carry it.

A grey van was parked on the side of the road about one hundred feet
from the water, on the coastal highway leading from Sabratah to
Tripoli and on to Benghazi. There was hardly any traffic at that time
of night. The driver of the van seemed to be repairing a flat tire.
He stopped working as the team approached and opened the back doors
of the van. He was a Mossad combatant. Without a word said, four of
the men entered the van and headed for the city. The other four
returned to the water, where they took a defensive position by the
submerged pigs. Their job was to hold this position to ensure an
escape route for the team now headed for the city.

At the same time, a squadron of Israeli fighters was refuelling south
of Crete, ready to assist. They were capable of keeping any ground
forces away from the commandos, allowing them a not-so clean getaway.
At this point, the small commando unit was divided into three details
- its most vulnerable state. Were any of the details to run into
enemy forces, they were instructed to act with extreme prejudice
before the enemy turned hostile.

The van parked at the back of an apartment building on Al Jamhuriyh
Street in Tripoli, less than three blocks away from the Bab al Azizia
barracks that were known to house Qadhafi's headquarters and
residence. By then, the men in the van had changed into civilian
clothing. Two stayed with the van as lookouts and the other two
helped the Mossad combatant take the cylinder to the top floor of the
five-story building. The cylinder was wrapped in a carpet.

In the apartment, the top section of the cylinder was opened and a
small dishlike antenna was unfolded and placed in front of the window
facing north. The unit was activated, and the Trojan horse was in

The Mossad combatant had rented the apartment for six months and had
paid the rent in advance. There was no reason for anyone except the
combatant to enter the apartment. However, if someone should decide
to do so, the Trojan would self-destruct, taking with it most of the
upper part of the building. The three men headed back to the van and
to their rendezvous with their friends on the beach.

After dropping the commandos at the beach, the combatant headed back
for the city, where he would monitor the Trojan unit for the next few
weeks. The commandos wasted no time and headed out to sea. They
didn't want to be caught in Libyan waters at daybreak. They reached
the birds and headed at full speed to a prearranged pickup
coordinate, where they met with the missile boats that had brought
them in.

By the end of March, the Americans were already intercepting messages
broadcast by the Trojan, which was only activated during heavy
communication traffic hours. Using the Trojan, the Mossad tried to
make it appear that a long series of terrorist orders were being
transmitted to various Libyan embassies around the world (or, as they
were called by the Libyans, Peoples' Bureaus). As the Mossad had
hoped, the transmissions were deciphered by the Americans and
construed as ample proof that the Libyans were active sponsors of
terrorism. What's more, the Americans pointed out, Mossad reports
confirmed it.

The French and the Spanish, though, were not buying into the new
stream of information. To them, it seemed suspicious that suddenly,
out of the blue, the Libyans, who'd been extremely careful in the
past, would start advertising their future actions. They also found
it suspicious that in several instances Mossad reports were worded
similarly to coded Libyan communications. They argued further that,
had there truly been after-the-fact Libyan communications regarding
the attack, then the terrorist attack on the La Belle discotheque in
West Berlin on April 5 could have been prevented, since surely there
would have been communications before, enabling intelligence agencies
listening in to prevent It. Since the attack wasn't prevented, they
reasoned that it must not be the Libyans who did it, and the "new
communications" must be bogus. The French and the Spanish were right.
The information was bogus, and the Mossad didn't have a clue who
planted the bomb that killed one American serviceman and wounded
several others. But the Mossad was tied in to many of the European
terrorist organizations, and it was convinced that in the volatile
atmosphere that had engulfed Europe, a bombing with an American
victim was just a matter of time Heads of the Mossad were counting on
the American promise to retaliate with vengeance against any country
that could be proven to support terrorism. The Trojan gave the
Americans the proof they needed. The Mossad also plugged into the
equation Qadhafi's lunatic image and momentous declarations, which
were really only meant for internal consumption.

It must be remembered that Qadhafi had marked a line in the water at
that time, closing off the Gulf of Sidra as Libyan territorial waters
and calling the new maritime border the line of death (an action that
didn't exactly give him a moderate image). Ultimately, the Americans
fell for the Mossad ploy head over heels dragging the British and the
Germans somewhat reluctantly in with them. Operation Trojan was one
of the Mossad's greatest successes. It brought about the air strike
on Libya that President Reagan had promised - a strike that had three
important consequences. First, it derailed a deal for the release of
the American hostages in Lebanon, thus preserving the Hizballah
(Party of God) as the number one enemy in the eyes of the West.
Second, it sent a message to the entire Arab world, telling them
exactly where the United States stood regarding the Arab-Israeli
conflict. Third, it boosted the Mossad's image of itself, since it
was they who, by ingenious sleight of hand, had prodded the United
States to do what was right. It was only the French who didn't buy
into the Mossad trick and were determined not to ally themselves with
the aggressive American act. The French refused to allow the American
bombers to fly over their territory on their way to attack Libya.

On April 14, 1986, one hundred and sixty American aircraft dropped
over sixty tons of bombs on Libya. The attackers bombed Tripoli
international airport, Bab al Azizia barracks, Sidi Bilal naval base,
the city of Benghazi, and the Benine airfield outside Benghazi. The
strike force consisted of two main bodies, one originating in England
and the other from flattops in the Mediterranean. From England came
twenty-four F-111s from Lakenheath, five EF-111s from Upper Heyford,
and twenty-eight refuelling tankers from Mildenhall and Fairford. In
the attack, the air force F-111s and the EF-111s were joined by
eighteen A-6 and A-7 strike and strike support aircraft, six F\A-18
fighters, fourteen EA-6B electronic jammer planes, and other support
platforms. The navy planes were catapulted from the carriers Coral
Sea and America. On the Libyan side, there were approximately forty
civilian casualties, including Qadhafi's adopted daughter. On the
American side, a pilot and his weapons officer were killed when their
F-111 exploded.

After the bombing, the Hizballah broke off negotiations regarding the
hostages they held in Beirut and executed three of them, including
one American named Peter Kilburn. As for the French, they were
rewarded for their non-participation in the attack by the release at
the end of June of two French journalists held hostage in Beirut. (As
it happened, a stray bomb hit the French embassy in Tripoli during
the raid.)

Ephraim had spelled it all out for me and confirmed some of the
information I'd already known. He then went on. "After the bombing of
Libya, our friend Qadhafi is sure to stay out of the picture for some
time. Iraq and Saddam Hussein are the next target. We're starting now
to build him up as the big villain. It will take some time, but in
the end, there's no doubt it'll work."

"But isn't Saddam regarded as moderate toward us, allied with Jordan,
the big enemy of Iran and Syria?"

"Yes, that's why I'm opposed to this action. But that's the
directive, and I must follow it. Hopefully, you and I will be done
with our little operation before anything big happens. After all, we
have already destroyed his nuclear facility, and we are making money
by selling him technology and equipment through South Africa."

In the following weeks, more and more discoveries were made regarding
the big gun and other elements of the Saddam war machine. The Mossad
had all but saturated the intelligence field with information
regarding the evil intentions of Saddam the Terrible, banking on the
fact that before long, he'd have enough rope to hang himself. It was
very clear what the Mossad's overall goal was. It wanted the West to
do its bidding, just as the Americans had in Libya with the bombing
of Qadhafi. After all, Israel didn't possess carriers and ample air
power, and although it was capable of bombing a refugee camp in
Tunis, that was not the same. The Mossad leaders knew that if they
could make Saddam appear bad enough and a threat to the Gulf oil
supply, of which he'd been the protector up to that point, then the
United States and its allies would not let him get away with
anything, but would take measures that would all but eliminate his
army and his weapons potential, especially if they were led to
believe that this might just be their last chance before he went

Mark Parkinson

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