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Report: Iran Illicitly Financing War in Yemen Using German Companies

July 30, 2018

by Staff | 07.30.18 1:33 pm

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Report: Iran Illicitly Financing War in Yemen Using German Companies

{Germany’s dealings with Iran is having a direct impact on stability in the Middle East. – LS}

The Islamic Republic of Iran is using German companies to disguise their illicit support for Shiite militia forces in the fight against the internationally recognized government of Yemen, Benjamin Weinthal reported in The Jerusalem Post on Friday.

Based on interviews with U.S. Treasury Department officials, Time Magazine revealed last week that, “The IRGC had then printed counterfeit Yemeni banknotes potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars and used the bogus rials to fund its proxy war against the beleaguered pro-US government in the capital of Sanaa. German companies were being used as a cover by the Iranians to finance the world’s worst humanitarian conflict.”

Time added: “For several years, Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) had been using German front companies to buy advanced printing machinery, watermarked paper and specialty inks in violation of European export controls.”

The Jerusalem Post previously reported on German intelligence reports, which revealed extensive links between the Islamic Republic and German-based companies, including using front companies to engage in illicit procurement of nuclear and missile technology in Germany during 2017. A German intelligence report from the city-state of Hamburg charged in July that Iran’s regime is continuing to seek weapons of mass destruction.

According to Time: “The evidence, uncovered by U.S. illicit-finance investigators, was meant to sway the Germans, but not just in hopes of countering Iran’s moves on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula” but also “to convince Berlin that Tehran cannot be trusted and that the Germans should join the Trump Administration in imposing economy-crippling sanctions on Iran.”

Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported on Monday that Germany’s Ambassador to Iran Michael Klor-Berchtold told an Iranian official that Germany opposes the U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal.

The report charged that U.S. officials involved in the operation met with their German counterparts at the Federal Ministry of Finance in Berlin last April. Weeks after the meeting took place, “American officials presented their hosts with one last set of documents: detailed blueprints on how the Trump Administration was preparing to unleash financial warfare on the Iranian economy.”

The Trump administration designated the IRGC a terrorist organization in October. A U.S. State Department spokesman said in March that the U.S. expects the Europeans to “cut off funding to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps [IRGC], its militant proxies, and anyone else who contributes to Iran’s support for terrorism.”

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Israel Establishes Red Lines for Iran and Hezbollah

April 27, 2015

Israel Establishes Red Lines for Iran and Hezbollah
Posted by David Gerstman Monday, April 27, 2015 at 8:30am Via Legal Insurrection

(‘If Iran is emboldened by Obama’s nuclear negotiations, imagine how emboldened they would be with a nuclear arsenal. Then imagine what it would take to stop them at that point. – LS)

Taking a stand because Obama won’t

Yesterday afternoon Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon warned Iran not to arm Hezbollah.

“Iran continues to try and arm Hezbollah and it is striving to arm the Lebanese terror group with advanced weapons in every way it can, and by using every avenue,” Ya’alon said in a speech at Israel’s military headquarters in Tel Aviv. “We will not allow the transfer of sophisticated weapons to terror groups, and in particular Hezbollah.”

“We know how to reach [Hezbollah] and those who direct it, at any time and any place,” Ya’alon continued. “We will not allow Hezbollah to establish a terror infrastructure on our borders with Syria, and we know how to lay our hands on anyone who threatens Israeli citizens, along our borders or even far from them.”

It wasn’t clear if Ya’alon was referring to airstrikes targeting weapons depots in Syria, attributed to Israel, that occurred Wednesday and Saturday last week, or if he was threatening future action.

Subsequent to Ya’alon’s talk it appeared that he may have intended both.

First a terror cell was discovered trying to plant a bomb at the Israel-Syria border and was killed by Israel Air Force. The Times of Israel reported:

The IDF said “a group of armed terrorists” were killed by an air force craft after they were spotted crossing into Israeli territory with an explosive device late Sunday.

IDF spokesman Col. Peter Lerner said the cell consisted of four people who were “identified while clearly laying a mine and were shot by an Israeli Air Force aircraft.”

Initial reports indicated the incident took place near the Golan Heights town of Majdal Shams, on the slopes of Mount Hermon.

Overnight, attacks were reported north of Damascus, again targeting weapons systems that could have been intended for Hezbollah.

Hours after an Israeli airstrike on militants along the Syrian border, Arab news networks al-Jazeera and al-Arabiya reported a new Israeli attack in Syrian territory early Monday morning, targeting missile launchers held by Hezbollah and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

It was the third alleged Israeli strike on the Syrian front in two days.

The reported strike in the Qalamoun mountains, northeast of Damascus — also the location of alleged Israeli sorties against Hezbollah and Assad targets on Saturday — was said to cause several casualties, though the number of dead and injured was not immediately provided.

Later reports have attributed the overnight attacks to Jihadist rebels not Israel.

After the earlier airstrikes, the infiltration may well have been expected. An Israeli airstrike against a convoy in the Syrian Golan Heights near Israel, in January, that killed senior Hezbollah operatives and Iranian officers, was followed later that month by a cross-border attack thatkilled two Israel soldiers.

Israel also reportedly hit two military installations near Damascus last December.

The closer involvement of Iran with Hezbollah is likely a product of the Obama administration’s engagement with Iran. Emboldened by the rapprochement and suffering no consequences for its increased aggressiveness, Iran has been working to, in the words of Hezbollah expert Philip Smyth, “encircle” Israel.

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sees this and hears an Iranian general say that Israel’s destruction is “non-negotiable” is it any wonder that he doesn’t trust the deal that’s being worked out?