WSJ….More than 200 veterans and their families filed a lawsuit Monday accusing six major banks of helping Iran move tens of millions of dollars to groups targeting U.S. soldiers in Iraq during the war. Monday’s lawsuit, 11/10/2014, alleges that banks ignored the risk that some of the billions of dollars they helped Iran secretly funnel through the U.S. financial system would wind up in the hands of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps and its proxies that orchestrated attacks against U.S. troops in Iraq. The banks— HSBC Holdings PLC, Barclays PLC, Standard Chartered PLC, Royal Bank of Scotland PLC and Credit Suisse Group —declined to comment on the lawsuit Monday. The suit also names as a defendant the UK-based subsidiary of an Iranian financial institution, Bank Saderat Iran.
The suit filed Monday documents scores of attacks, including a 2007 incident in which a dozen men dressed in U.S. military fatigues breached an Iraqi headquarters in Karbala, abducted four American soldiers and executed them. Documents later retrieved from captured militants pointed to the involvement of Hezbollah and the Revolutionary Guard Corps, an elite Iranian force, the lawsuit says.
I first pointed out the Iran connection to the “KARBALA RAID” in Iraq the killed 5 US soldiers back in 2008, SEE…..Friday, August 15, 2008, Iraqi Shiite Terror Squads Receiving Training in Iran, “special group criminals” who took part in the Karbala Raid of Jan 2007. WASHINGTON — Iraqi Shiite explosive and assassination teams are being trained in at least 4 locations in Iran by Tehran’s elite Quds force and Lebanese Hezbollah. The Karbala raid in Jan 2007 was a Iraqi Shiite Terror Squad who had Trained in Iran, “special group criminals”. A senior U.S. military intelligence officer in Baghdad also said the fighters planned to return to Iraq in the next few months to kill specific Iraqi officials as well as U.S. and Iraqi forces. The intelligence officer described the information Thursday in an interview with The Associated Press. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the intelligence information.
Arrested leaders of the “Special Group Criminals” in Iraq during 2007 were Ali Musa Daqduq, Qais Khazali and Layith Khazali,(see photo above) they were the Iranian operatives who helped plan a January 2007 raid in Karbala in which five American soldiers were killed, as per a American military spokesman in Iraq.
Lebanese Hezbollah conducts much of the training in the camps because its members speak Arabic, the dominant language in Iraq. The trainees in the Iranian camps include three Iraqis already wanted by the Iraqi government for terrorist attacks: Haji Mahdi, Haji Thamir, and Baqir al Sa’idi, the officer said. He identified two Iraqi Shiite militia groups in Iran by name: “The League of the Righteous,” or “Asaib al Haq,” and the “Kataib al Hezbollah.” The “special group criminals” are offshoots of cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s Jaysh al-Mahdi militia. They spun off their own groups after al-Sadr declared a cease-fire with the Iraqi government in August 2007 and are not thought to be under his control now.
Documents seized from Qais Khazali, General Bergner said, showed that Iran’s Quds Force provided detailed information on the activities of American soldiers in Karbala, including shift changes and the defenses at the site. The U.S. military also wants the Iraqi government to take steps to protect the targets. “Wanted” posters picturing men believed to be heading the special groups are being posted around Baghdad, the military officer said.
The fighters are expected to return to Iraq between now and October, but the officer said there’s no intelligence suggesting they are actually in Iraq yet. Many of the fighters fled to Iran this spring after Iraqi government forces cracked down first on militia sanctuaries in Basra and Sadr City in Baghdad, then Amarah, and now in Diyala province, the military officer said. One of the reasons the U.S. believes the special groups moved out during that period is the sharp decline in the number of deadly roadside bombs using explosively formed penetrators. The officer said training is going on in at least four locations in Iran: Qom, Tehran, Ahvaz and Mashhad. The elite Quds Force is a branch of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. The Islamic militant group Hezbollah, based in Lebanon, is believed to receive weapons from Syria and Iran.
The number of “special group criminals” — the U.S. name for Iraqi fighters sponsored by Iran — is unknown but is estimated to be in the hundreds and possibly more than 1,000. The training includes how to conduct reconnaissance to pinpoint targets, small arms and weapons training, small unit tactics, and terrorist cell operations and communications. They are also learning how to use explosively formed penetrator bombs and other improvised explosive devices and rocket propelled grenades, including the RPG-29, a signature weapon of Lebanese Hezbollah and the Quds force. Lebanese Hezbollah conducts much of the training in the camps because its members speak Arabic, the dominant language in Iraq.
FOX NEWS Iran Commander Behind Killing of U.S. Troops Reportedly Linked to Washington Bomb Plot. A key player in the Iran-backed plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S. was a senior military commander linked to the slaughter of U.S. troops in Karbala Iraq, The Washington Post reported. Abdul Reza Shahlai is the cousin of accused plotter Mansour Arbabsiar, 56, an Iranian-American currently in custody and charged with a string of offenses including conspiracy to commit murder and an act of international terrorisn. Along with a co-conspirator who remains at large in Iran, Arbabsiar — a used car salesman (USED CAR DEALER) based in Corpus Christi, Texas — allegedly planned to bomb a Washington, D.C. restaurant where he believed Saudi Ambassador Adel al Jubeir was a regular customer.
The Treasury Department released a chart of the associates and businesses connected to the Cheaitelly/El Khansa organization. One of the businesses targeted in the action, Junior International S.A., was previously controlled by Ayman Joumaa, who was sanctioned in January under the Treasury Department’s Kingpin Act. The Kingpin Act targets the financial networks of significant foreign narcotics traffickers and their organizations worldwide. The accusations came two days after an indictment in federal court in Virginia accused fugitive Ayman Joumaa of leading a drug conspiracy that provided income for Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed Lebanese militant group that the U.S. has branded a terrorist organization. From approximately Jan. 1, 2007, to early 2011, at least $329 million was transferred by wire from LCB, the Hassan Ayash Exchange Company, the Ellissa Exchange Company and other Lebanese financial institutions, including Middle East and Africa Bank, the Federal Bank of Lebanon and BLOM Bank, to the United States (drug money) for the purchase and shipment of used cars that were shipped to the Middle East for resale and financing terrorism via Lebanese Hezbollah and the Quds force.
Bill Warner Sarasota Private Investigator, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM at www.wbipi.com