28 MAY: 12 MILLION WOULD DIE ON FIRST DAY OF INDIA-PAKISTAN WAR - CIA
An intelligence assessment produced by the US Department of Defense and the CIA, says that a nuclear exchange between Pakistan and India would result in 12 million deaths within six hours. And this does not include several million other people who would be suffer radiation sickness.
Secret intelligence reports suggest Pakistan could have double the number of nuclear warheads than first thought, matching Indias 125.
28 MAY: MOHAMED ATTA STOOD AT BASE OF WTC ON 10 SEPTEMBER
Intelligence sources in America say that documents and receipts discovered by the FBI place Mohamed Atta, lead member of the 11 September hijack gang, at the foot of the WTC just hours before the attack, where in all probability he entered the building location in global positioning system. This information supports intelligence received by Eye Spy that several of the hijackers stayed in hotels within a few hundred feet of the towers.
Full story in EYE SPY 10
26 MAY: PENTAGON SAYS NO RIFT OVER BUSH IRAQ ATTACK PLANS
Officials at the Pentagon have said they will be able to support any action that the President deems necessary to safeguard the security of the United States. Earlier, intelligence leaks suggested that a major internal rift had occurred and that President Bushs plans to topple Saddam Hussein were not being supported by the military.
The cracks developed when General Tommy Franks of US Central Command said a war involving 200,000 US troops might force Saddam into a corner where he would unleash chemical and biological weapons. This follows MI6 reports indicating Saddams nuclear and biological weapons programmes are being hastened. The CIA and MI6 believe Baghdad may be just three years away from building a crude nuclear device. Such intelligence is being used by the White House to gather support for the invasion.
See Eye Spy Nine for further information on Iraqi defectors claim to MI6
25 MAY: CIA WARM PAKISTAN AND INDIA OVER CONSEQUENCES
Officials from the CIA have warned Pakistan and India over the consequences of a nuclear war. Some 1.5m troops from either side face each other over the disputed Kashmiri area. Eye Spy has learned that Pakistan has moved several mobile nuclear missile conveys close to the border with India. MI6 has warned Downing Street that a nuclear strike is possible - though remote. Eye Spy understands high-level talks are underway.
22 MAY: AL-QAIDA TARGET STATUE OF LIBERTY AND BROOKLYN BRIDGE
The FBI has issued an obscure warning that intelligence suggests the al-Qaida network is planning to blow up the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge, linking Manhattan with Brooklyn, New York City. It is known that a number of al-Qaida suspects reside or did reside in nearby New Jersey, though the warning was made from information acquired from al-Qaida signals and phone calls intercepted by the FBI.
22 MAY: AMERICA IDENTIFIES IRAN AS KEY TERROR NATION
An intelligence report circulating around Washington has identified Iran as a huge and major player in the sponsorship of global terrorism. The new report could indicate a shift in policy towards Iraq. Eye Spy learned that efforts by MI6 and the CIA to discover the whereabouts of the construction of a nuclear device have been underway for at least three years. It is understand a Top Secret CIA report contains astonishing information about Irans nuclear capability.
Iraq may now also show flexibility towards UN weapons inspectors if the USA targets Iran. Eye Spy understands that it is likely covert talks have taken place between the West and Baghdad.
21 MAY: THE ANTHRAX SITUATION - ALARMING SCENARIO
Some officials in the British Government are allegedly nervous about recent findings inthe USA concerning the anthrax-laced letters and packages which killed five persons last year on the eastern seaboard of America. An al-Qaida cell reportedly based in New Jersey was first suspected, but information suggests that one US scientist, Professor Don Wiley may have been killed by the US Government to protect an on-going project. Mr Wiley allegedly committed suicide on 15 November last year, around the last time an anthrax letter was received. The anthrax almost certainly originated from a US facility identified and named in Eye Spy 9.
Full Story on Professor Wiley Eye Spy 10
20 MAY: US SPECIAL FORCES SOLDIER SHOT DEAD IN AFGHANISTAN
The Pentagon has announced that an American special forces soldier has been shot dead in eastern Afghanistan.
"The firefight started when enemy forces engaged the patrol on Sunday," Lieutenant Colonel Michael Humm told the Reuters news agency.
20 MAY: PRESIDENT BUSH DID NOT KNOW OF 11 SEPTEMBER ATTACK PLANS
Senior intelligence officials have come to the aid of President Bush in respect of his statement of prior intelligence. Most intelligence warnings were general a source told Eye Spy. This magazine learned of an attack planned by al-Qaida in March and details were published in Eye Spy issue one. The intelligence was supplied to the FBI by MI5, though not specific enough
20 MAY: DANIEL PEARLS BODY AND JACKET FOUND
It is believed Pakistani police have found the jacket and beheaded body of murdered US journalist, Daniel Pearl. The corpse was in a shallow grave on the outskirts of Karachi, close to the location where he was kidnapped. DNA samples are being taken.
20 MAY: NEW AL-QAIDA ATROCITY WILL HAPPEN - WHITE HOUSE
Dick Cherney told reporters that it is inevitable a new al-Qaida atrocity will take place in America. This follows further intelligence gleaned by the CIA that a US-based al-Qaida unit may take up residence in a block of flats and them blow them up.
20 MAY: EIGHT-WEEK OLD BIN-LADEN TAPE SHOWN IN LONDON
An Arabic media house based in London has shown a video tape that purports to show Osama bin-Laden in late April. Analysts who have studied the tape are unsure, though Eye Spy learned that the tape could be authentic. Skeptics say the tape was made in November or October last year.
20 MAY: RUSSIA NOT PREPARING OPERATIONS AGAINST GEORGIA
FSB director TBILISI. May 17 (Interfax) - Russia will not prepare any operations against Georgia, Director of the Russian Federal Security Service [FSB] Nikolai Patrushev has said. Patrushev so commented on recent statements by certain Georgian officials about preparations of Abkhaz armed units supported by the Russian military to invade the Kodori Gorge. "Russia is interested that Georgia be a strong and consolidated state," which meets the national interests of both Russia and other CIS states, the FSB director told a press conference in Tbilisi.
In comments on Chairman of the Russian State Duma international affairs committee Dmitri Rogozin's statement that leader of the Dagestani Wahhabite organization Rappan Khalilov and other terrorists responsible for the bombing in Kaspiisk on May 9 are currently in the Pankisi Gorge, Patrushev noted that Russian parliamentarians "make a lot of statements," which most often express only their personal opinion..
19 MAY: NEW MI5 DIRECTOR ADMIRED BY KGB DEFECTOR
Eliza Manningham-Buller, 53, who was named as the new Director-General of the Security Service, MI5 was hailed as a brilliant counterintelligence officer by the very KGB officer she helped defect. Ms Buller was just one of five people in MI5 who had intelligence that Oleg Gordievsky, perhaps the most important person ever to defect to the UK was an MI6 officer, and worked as a double agent at the Russian Embassy in England. Miss Buller checked and analysed a multitude of stories concerning Gordievsky who supplied the UK and NATO with highly important information. Mr Gordievsky said: I remember Eliza as a brilliant counter-espionage officer. She was bright, sharp and full of colour.
Eye Spy learned that Ms Buller was favourite amongst three other candidates, two of whom are serving MI5 officers.
Eye Spy issue 10 carries an indepth feature on Ms Buller.
17 MAY: NEW DIRECTOR GENERAL OF MI5 ANNOUNCED
The home secretary has appointed a new head of MI5. Eliza Manningham-Buller, is currently Deputy Director-General of the Security Service. The former teacher is the second woman to be appointed head of the service.
She will take over from the current Director General, Sir Stephen Lander, in October. Ms Manningham-Buller joined MI5 in 1974. Her early work involved Soviet espionage and she worked on the case of Oleg Gordievsky - the former KGB defector. She also worked for much of her time in counter-terrorism, both international and domestic. The day after the 11 September attacks she flew out to Washington to liaise with the US authorities.
The first woman head of the Security Service was Stella Rimington, now Dame Rimington. She sparked a row after her departure with the publication of her autobiography, in which she called for the Official Secrets Act to be radically reformed. Married Critics argued she should never have been allowed to write a book about her work. Ms Manningham-Buller has served as director for surveillance and technical operations and as director of Irish counter-terrorism. She has been the deputy director general of the Security Service since 1997. A woman who likes crosswords, she is married to husband David.
17 MAY: 45 COMMANDO KILL AL-QAIDA AND TALIBAN FIGHTERS IN FIERCE BATTLE
It is reported that over 1,000 Royal Marines from 45 Commando have clashed with a major force of al-Qaida and Taliban fighters in the Paktia area of Afghanistan. Sources say that an Australian SAS team was ambushed yesterday and that the Marines were flown in the heart of the area. It is believed that dozens of al-Qaida fighters have been killed. There are no reports of British casualties.
17 MAY: MULLAH OMAR QUOTED IN PAN-ARAB PAPER
Taliban leader Mullah Omar has been quoted in a London-based Pan-Arab newspaper. He says that Osama bin-Laden is still alive and the war in Afghanistan will continue until America burns in hell. More shortly...
FBI AND MI5 AGENT A CRIMINAL - CLAIM
See Eye Spy 1, 2 and a forthcoming feature in issue 10
16 MAY: WASHINGTON KNEW OF AL-QAIDA HIJACK PLANS BEFORE 11 SEPTEMBER
The Pentagon has admitted that it had prior 11 September knowledge of Osama bin-Ladens plans to hijack US airliners. However, it did not believe that the hijackers would use the aircraft with civilians on board as missiles and crash them into buildings.
Eye Spy learned, and published, some details way back in May 2001 - that both MI5 and the FBI had uncovered the plot possibly prior to March 2001. However, both organisations failed to learn when the atrocity was going to be committed, or indeed, where. It is still not known if the FBI via Mossad, had at least some of the hijackers under observance before the September attacks on the USA. Clearly in Europe, the case was different and the movements of some suspects via London were monitored.
16 MAY: MAJOR US OVERHAUL OF STUDENT VISAS AFTER SECURITY REVIEW
All foreign students in the United States are to be tracked by a huge Internet-based system that will monitor the students movements and work record. This follows the recent case over 120 Israeli art students (see Eye Spy 9). Similarly, three of the 11 September hijackers were in America on student visas
16 MAY: SPANISH INTELLIGENCE FOIL ETA ATTACK ON MADRID SUMMIT
Spanish security services believe they have foiled a huge attack on a Madrid summit due to take place tomorrow. Tony Blair and over 40 other government heads are due to attend the meeting.
Two suspected ETA members were arrested as they prepared a 90lb car explosive. When security officers raided their apartment, they discovered a further 400lb of high explosives, automatic weapons, false number plates and other items. The men were named as Imanol Miner Villanueva, 26, and Mikel Guillermo San Argimiro, 39.
16 MAY: AL-QAIDA LOS-ANGELES SUSPECT CLOSE TO EXTRADITION
Amar Makhlulif, 37, also known as The Doctor of Doha, has been remanded in custody in London, following a new court ruling. Mr Makhlulif, faces charges in the United States that he plotted to blow-up Los Angeles airport and sending recruits to Osama bin-LadenThe US soldiers have been patrolling the area.
16 MAY: PEARL FAMILY SLAM CBS OVER VIDEO
The distraught family of Daniel Pearl, the murdered American reporter, has criticism the US broadcasting company, CBS, for showing a video of the Wall Street employee in captivity. The tape was shown last Tuesday (14 May), after a Saudi contact approached CBS and claimed the recording was being widely shown on the Internet as a recruitment tool for Islamic extremists. In one section, Mr Pearl is heard to say, My fathers Jewish... my mothers Jewish, I am Jewish. He was certainly being threatened and under extreme duress when he made the statement.
Mr Pearl, 38, was kidnapped in Karachi in January by al-Qaida sympathizers or indeed, agents.
Though the Pearl family pleaded with CBS not to air the tape, Jim Murphy, of the company said: We felt we had a journalistic responsibility to show the tape because it was being used in a recruitment drive among the educated elite in Saudi Arabia.
The family said in a released statement, they found it incomprehensible that relatives would have to relive this horrifying tragedy and watch their loved one being repeatedly terrorized. Danny believed that journalism was a tool to respect the truth and foster understanding, not to perpetuate propaganda and sensationalize tragedy.
11 MAY: FBI AGENTS TO APPEAR AT PEARL TRIAL
At least one FBI agent is set to appear at the trial of three men accused of the kidnap and killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl who was kidnapped in southern Karachi in January and had his throat slit by al-qaida sympathisers.
9 MAY: PAKISTAN EXPLOSION WORK OF AL-QAIDA
A suicide car bomb in Karachi has killed 14 people, including 11 French engineers who were building a submarine for the Pakistan Navy. The bomb exploded next to a 45-seat bus was outside the Sheraton Hotel. French Intelligence officials believe that the bomb was the work of al-Qaida. A further 30 people were injured, 12 of them French.
General Jean-Pierre Kelche, head of the French armed forces, believes the bombers had targeted the West in general and specifically countries engaged in the US-led coalition force. Its a little early to say, but there is a significant likelihood of al-Qaida involvement in the attack.
President Jacques Chirac, said the attack was vile and France was determined to do everything possible to fight international terrorism. He said that he would send Michele Alliot-Marie, the Defence Minister, to Karachi later today.
The New Zealand and Pakistani cricket teams cancelled a five-day match that they were to start playing in Karachi today. The two teams were staying in another hotel across the road from the Sheraton. The New Zealand team has decided to return home.
Pakistan Police said that the blast appeared to have been the work of a suicide bomber. We have recovered a burnt body from a car next to the bus, said police chief, Sayed Kamal Shah, in the Sindh province. The blast left a 9ft deep crater in the road.
General Musharraf has recently banned five extremist groups. Two months later an attack on a church killed five worshippers in an Islamabad. Two of the dead were Americans.
Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped in southern Karachi in January and had his throat slit by al-qaida sympathisers.
8 MAY: SUICIDE BOMBER KILLS 15 IN ISRAEL
In the latest suicide bombing in Israel, a young Palestinian walked into a snooker hall and detonated a huge bomb attached to his body. The subsequent blast killed 15 people and injured a further 55, many seriously.
US SPECIAL FORCES ARRIVE ONE MONTH TOO LATE - AFGHANISTAN
Intelligence analysts reviewing the impact of Operation Anaconda, say that while large parts of Afghanistan have been cleared of al-Qaida and Taliban fighters, they admit far too many escaped over the border into Pakistan. Weapons and ammunition was found in Paktia area, but few prisoners were taken.
Royal Marine Commandoes and Australian SAS are continuing to search for senior al-Qaida commanders, though sources claim they too are finding little success. The threat is no longer with al-Qaida, but Afghani tribesmen who oppose the US-led coalition forces.
6 MAY: FSB INDICTS FORMER INTELLIGENCE OFFICER
The Investigative Department of the FSB has finished its investigation of the agencys former lieutenant colonel, Aleksandr Litvinenko, and handed his case over to the Military Prosecutors Office, Russian news agencies reported on 23 April. Litvinenks lawyer, Vadim Svistunov, said he will file an appeal against the FSB's motion as the Litvinenko defense was not informed about the completion of the investigation and had no access to its indictment materials.
Litvinenko, who is accused of abuse of office and theft of explosive materials, publicly stated in a press conference in Moscow in 1998 that the FSB's leadership asked him to kill media magnate Boris Berezovsky.
Following his revelations, Litvinenko was dismissed from the FSB, arrested,
and became the subject of a criminal investigation. However, in 1999,
the Moscow Garrison Military Court found him not guilty and he was released
from custody. In 2000, Litvinenko left Russia and received political asylum
in Britain, where he co-authored a book on the role of the FSB in the
apartment-building explosions in Moscow and Volgodonsk in August-September
speaking in the Duma on 22 April, Viktor Alksnis, a deputy from Regions
of Russia and known for his hard-line Communist and nationalist orientation,
proposed creating a commission to investigate the explosions in 1999,
the Agency of Russian Information reported at http://www.ari.ru on 23
Alksniss proposal got 172 votes with the Communist, Agrarian, and part of the Union of Rightist Forces faction voting for it. Some 226 votes are needed to pass the bill. It is surprising that the motion to investigate the possible role of the FSB in the explosion is coming from leftist parties, which until recently had blocked such an initiative.
AL-QAIDA PLANS TO TAKE BRITISH HOSTAGES
in the report reveal that BKA analysts believe the three men, named only
as Schah Ahmad Pergham, Rashid and Nisa, are quite prepared to die for
intelligence officers from various countries, including Britains
MI5 and Americas FBI, the BKA believe that the terrorists might
take over a shopping centre, airport or a large department store.
from the 2,500-strong BKA, whose headquarters are in Wiesbaden, were annoyed
at the leak, but tried to play down the report. But a German intelligence
expert, Udo Ulfkotte, who specialises on terrorist matters, said he had
learned from a BKA officer, that the organisation suspected that some
30 suicide-bombers (men and women), from Iraq. Iran, Yemen and Sudan have
been given orders to strike in the UK, France and Germany, seizing 300
to 400 hostages in each country.
comes only days after the FBI issued a similar alert in the United States.
A captured senior al-Qaida commander, Abu Zubaydah, codenamed The Gatekeeper,
by the CIA, and easily the most high-ranking official from the terrorist
group in US custody, said al-Qaida has the technology and means to build
and detonate a dirty bomb. Zubaydah also informed the FBI
that the group had agents throughout the world and that agents may seize
a shopping centre. Hence the alert two weeks ago.
The BKA has
liaison officers in London and Washington and it is likely that some of
the German report was basedon
information shared by the FBI.
itself, the nation is on high alert. Three terrorist organisations have
been operating in Germany, and all have been linked with Osama bin-Laden.
One was based in Hamburg and protected several of the 11 September hijackers.
Several terrorist trials are about to begin.
Meanwhile in Britain, the Security Service is well aware of the threat posed by al-Qaida. Several months ago intelligence officers were advised that the terror group was planning a huge atrocity, and that it could be centred upon a shopping centre.
5 MAY: CIA IN CHARGE OF US MILITARY IN AFGHANISTAN
It is understood that due to the secretive nature of some military operations in Afghanistan, the CIA is actually spearheading some attacks on al-Qaida positions. In a raid that took place earlier today, some eight al-Qaida suspects were detained in a village on the Afghan-Pakistan border.
5 MAY: MOSSAD CHIEF DISMISSES RIFT WITH SHARON
In a move to stave off criticism of Mossad and the Israeli Government, Mossad director, Ephraim Halevy, said that there was no conflict of interests with Ariel Sharon, the Prime Minister. A few days ago, it was reported that Sharon had drawn up a secret plan to move Halevy to Washington to take up the post of ambassador. Halevy hit back saying he was not going. However, the rift caused by the military advance in Palestinian controlled areas, appears over with both men saying that there never was a problem.
5 MAY: FBI ROUND-UP OF AL-QAIDA SUSPECTS A FAILURE
Latest information on the enormous FBI operation to detain suspected al-Qaida members in America, indicates it has been a failure. The FBI has rounded up 1425 suspects across America since 11 September, but it has been revealed that NOT ONE person has been found to have any links with terrorism.
5 MAY: MI5 SET TO ANNOUNCE NEW DIRECTOR-GENERAL
MI5, the Security Service, is set to announce its new Director General who will replace Sir Stephen Lander in Autumn 2002. Four people are in the running for the position, but favourite is Eliza Manningham-Buller, 53, current deputy to Sir Stephen. She is a career intelligence officer who once served as MI5s liaison officer at the British Embassy in Washington.
As a youngster, she once played the Fairy Godmother in the pantomime, Cinderella. He performance was described as absolutely wonderful by the plays director.
MI5 is currently reorganising, and when the new DG does take over she will have a full schedule.
Since 11 September, MI5 have recruited over 250 new officers and staff.
The modest budget for the Service has risen from £160m to close to £200m
MI5 received a further boost to its coffers when some £20m was given to its G-Branch which deals specifically with international terrorism.
MI5 is currently investigating al-Qaida sympathizers in the UK.
The Service is also assessing recent developments over moves to re-arm and mobilise IRA units.
1 MAY: RUSSIA CHARGES US-BASED EX-KGB AGENT WITH TREASON
prosecutors said on Tuesday they had filed treason charges against Oleg
Kalugin, an ex-KGB general now living in the United States who exchanged
jibes with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Chief military prosecutor
Mikhail Kislitsyn told Interfax news agency he had signed the case papers
on Monday and sent them to a Moscow court.
charged under article 275 of the criminal code with passing state secrets,
Kislitsyn said without elaborating. A one-time spymaster for the Soviet
Union in the United States, Kalugin traded insults with Putin shortly
before the latter won the Russian presidency in March 2000. Putin, himself
a former KGB intelligence officer, branded Kalugin a traitor for saying
Russia was awash in crime and corruption. Kalugin called Putin a war criminal
in an apparent reference to Russia's crackdown in breakaway Chechnya.
Russian news agencies say the Kalugin case centres on the trial of retired U.S. Army Reserve Colonel George Trofimoff, the highest-ranking U.S. military officer convicted of spying. He was jailed for life last September for selling military secrets to the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Kalugin, who had been Trofimoff's supervisor, denied he had blown Trofimoff's cover to British and U.S. intelligence.
Kalugin ignored a summons to face interrogation in Moscow by the Federal
Security Service, the main successor to the KGB. He says the charges against
him have been sparked by his criticism of the former
29 APRIL: EGYPT JAILS AL-QAIDA MAN
An Egyptian state security court sentenced Mohammed el-Sayeed Solim Youseff to ten years in prison. He was found guilty of belonging to a terrorist organisation. Youseff trained at terror camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
29 APRIL: MI6 MADE FIRST APPROACH TO KGB
A former senior Russian Intelligence officer has revealed how MI6 made the first moves to establish relations with its old rivals, the KGB, after the Cold War ended. However, Yevgeni Primakov, the former head of the SVR, the new organisation responsible for foreign intelligence, said there were many problems about spies operating in each either nation.
29 APRIL: US DRAWING UP IRAQI BATTLE PLANS
The New York Times says that the US invasion of Iraq has been put back until 2003 as military commanders and intelligence analysts need more time to organise. Similarly, some analysts have advised President Bush that an attack on Iraq made by viewed as an attack on Islam. It is known that some 250,000 US troops almost certainly supported by several thousand British soldiers will enter Iraq at some stage. Already in the UK military commanders have held a top secret summit on the invasion.
29 APRIL: ISRAELI INTELLIGENCE FOIL SKYSCRAPER ATTACK
According to sources in Israel, the security services have foiled an attempt to blow up a number of skyscrapers in Tel Aviv. Terrorists had planned to bring down the towers using carefully positioned car bombs.
29 APRIL: STAR WARS SYSTEM WOULD ENDANGER SPACE SATELLITES
A functioning star wars system would spell disaster for satellites or space stations in the low Earth orbit, creating a hazardous ring of debris according to Professor Joel Primack, of the University of California at Santa Cruz. Satellites such as the Hubble Space Telescope, and some communication network would be vulnerable to fast moving debris that would be impossible to remove. The debris would not just come from exploding weapons, but from small projectiles crashing into and fragmenting larger object, said the professor.
29 APRIL: GERMAN INTELLIGENCE DISCOVER AL-QAIDA HOSTAGE PLOT
A leaked report by the Federal Office of Criminal Investigation (BKA), Germanys equivalent of Scotland Yard, say it is urgently seeking three terrorists who plan to take hundreds of hostages in Britain, France and Germany within the next three weeks. The al-Qaida fighters have been named as Schah Ahmad Pergham, Rashid and Nisa. It is understood that the men may target a shopping complex or cinema.
29 APRIL: NEW MI5 DIRECTOR GENERAL SET TO BE NAMED
It is believed the new Director General of Britains Security Service, will be The Honourable Eliza Manningham-Buller. She will take over from Sir Stephen Lander whose tenure ends this Autumn. Miss Manningham-Buller, 53, was number two in the Service five years ago, and is believed to have been recruited in Oxford.
26 APRIL: IRA AND FARC COOPERATING - US CONGRESS
The United States Congress has severely criticized the IRA for being in collusion with FARC guerillas in Colombia - the sworn enemy of Washington. The statement comes at a time when intelligence gathered by MI6 suggests the IRA has received a huge consignment of weapons from Russia while decommissioning arms under the Good Friday Agreement.
Similarly, an alleged IRA hit list has been found and the organisation is still being blamed for the break-in at Castlereagh Police Station where a secret list of 200 British agents names was stolen.
The IRA dismiss Washingtons suggestions and say that the organisation is intent on peace and disarmament.
25 APRIL: AL-QAIDA EURO TRIAL STARTS IN FRANKFURT
Five suspected al-Qaida terrorists who were arrested in Germany following a tip-off from MI5, have gone on trial in Frankfurt, accused of plotting to detonate a huge nail bomb at Strasbourg Christmas markets in December 2000. When security services raided the flat they discovered bomb-making equipment and false documents. Some members of the gang have been connected to Essid Sami ben Khemais, now serving a five-year prison term, and the suspected leader of Osama bin-Ladens European operation.
25 APRIL: FBI ISSUE WARNING OF SHOPPING CENTRE ATTACKS
The FBI has issued a warning to American shopping centres that al-Qaida could be planning to attack locations frequented by large numbers of people. The intelligence was apparently gleaned from a captured al-Qaida commander and is deemed reliable.
Eye Spy learned six months ago that MI5 was searching for a UK-based al-Qaida cell that had allegedly planned to attack some of Britains most prestigious shopping centres, and locations, including the Trafford Centre in Manchester. It is also understood that one of MI5s biggest fears is that al-Qaida will detonate a dirty bomb in such an area resulting in a huge loss of life.
According to Eye Spy sources the threat of such an attack is highly likely.
25 APRIL: IRAQ HELPING RE-ARM AL-QAIDA FIGHTERS
British Intelligence have now reliable evidence that Saddam Hussein is indeed liaising with Osama bin-Ladens al-Qaida network. Intelligence gleaned from Iraq says members of Saddams Republican Guard have been seen in villages in Iraqi Kurdistan. Here al-Qaida fighters are known to be regrouping. The intelligence is certain to feed Washingtons desire to eliminate the Iraqi regime.
25 APRIL: AL-QAIDA HAS N-BOMB TECHNOLOGY AND DESIRE TO USE IT
Abu Zubaydah, the most senior member of al-Qaida in US custody, has told his interrogators that al-Qaida has the ability and desire to construct a dirty bomb that would cause huge devastation if detonated. US officials do not know whether to believe the man nicknamed The Gatekeeper by the CIA.
25 APRIL: US CUBAN SPY ADMITS GUILT
Ana Belen Montes, 45, Americas most senior Cuban analyst had admitted she spied on America for 15 years. The DIA employee now faces at least 25-years in prison. Eye Spy learned she betrayed the names of four undercover US agents in Cuba
MORE EYE SPY 9
25 APRIL: PEARL CASE - OMAR SHEIKH DROVE REPORTER AWAY
Omar Saeed Sheikh, currently on trial in Karachi for the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl, was seen to drive the journalist away on the day he was last seen by a taxi driver who had taken him to meet Sheikh.
25 APRIL: AL-QAIDA EUROPEAN CELL PLANNED HUGE CHRISTMAS BOMB
Five al-Qaida suspects have gone on trial in Frankfurt charged with planning a series of major strikes against European targets. MI6 and French Intelligence tipped German security official about the al-Qaida cell in late November 2000. When police raided a flat in Frankfurt they found 29kg of potassium permanganate, aluminium powder, hydrogen peroxide, acetone, sodium carbonate and boxes of nails - all ingredients for a massive nail bomb.
A video-tape recording that was found on site showed central Strasbourg and led the police to believe that the bomb was intended to go off at the citys Christmas market. A commentary says you are all doomed to rot in Hell, may God will it.
22 APRIL: US ADMIT THEY LET BIN-LADEN SLIP THROUGH NET
For the first time since US forces cleared the Tora Bora area of al-Qaida and Taliban fighters, senior Pentagon officials now acknowledge they were too slow in cutting off escape routes. Similarly, Washington has clear evidence that Osama bin-Laden gave his final orders to al-Qaida commanders in the area before escaping.
22 APRIL: BRITISH JACKAL WAS DOUBLE AGENT
Omar Sheikh, the man wanted by America for the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl, could well have been a double agent working for both Pakistans ISI agency and al-Qaida. It is unlikely that he was present when Mr Pearl had his throat cut, but Pakistani authorities are quite satisfied Sheikh instigated the execution.
22 APRIL: USS COLE SAILS AGAIN
Eighteen months after it was struck by an al-Qaida bomb and almost sunk, the USS Cole returned to sea on 19 April, following extensive repairs. Seventeen members of the Coles crew died in the attack which took place in the Port of Aden, Yemen. Security was tight at the dockyard in Mississippi and several Coast Guard vessels patrolled as the US Navy took no chances of a repeat performance by al-Qaida.
22 APRIL: ITALIAN CRASH WAS DELIBERATE
Intelligence and police investigators in Milan are working on the theory that the pilot who flew his light aircraft into the 26th floor of the Pirelli Tower in Milan, killing himself and three others, did so deliberately. The family of 67-year-old Luigi Fasulo, say he had crippling debts and that could have driven him to suicide. The security services also pointed to a number of odd coincidences including the fact that the aircraft collided dead centrally, and the floor he struck the offices of the Lombardy regional government and its President, Roberto
19 APRIL: BRITISH TRAITOR HAS NO REGRETS
George Blake, 79, said in a recent interview that he had no regrets spying on Great Britain for the Soviets during the Cold War. Blake was arrested in 1961 but escaped from prison after serving just five years of a 42-year sentence. Blake still lectures to potential Russian intelligence agents.
19 APRIL: US FAMILIES HEAR LAST MOMENTS OF FLIGHT 93
FBI Director, Robert Mueller, bowed to public pressure and authorised the release of the cockpit tape recording as one of the 11 September hijacked aircraft crashed. Relatives attended an emotional get together of the people who died when the United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania. A tape recording that graphically caught the final moments was played, and the evidence of a heroic struggle can be heard as the passengers make a determined effort to regain control of the airliner.
19 APRIL: US ADMIT THEY LET BIN-LADEN SLIP THROUGH NET
For the first time since US forces cleared the Tora Bora area of al-Qaida and Taliban fighters, senior Pentagon officials now acknowledge they were too slow in cutting off escape routes. Similarly, Washington has clear evidence that Osama bin-Laden gave his final orders to al-Qaida commanders in the area before escaping.
19 APRIL: MILAN DISASTER WAS A PURE ACCIDENT
The light aircraft which crashed into Milans Pirelli Tower was flown by a 68-year-old Italian, named Luigi Fasulo. Five people died and a further 60 were injured when the single-seat aircraft ran into trouble and smashed into the 25th floor. Initially the Italian Government believed that the crash was deliberate, but it soon became clear it was an accident.
INTELLIGENCE COMMENT: What is worrying many finance officials is that only minutes after the incident, stock markets around the world plummeted. This follows Osama bin-Ladens claim that the September 11 attacks had dealt a huge financial blow to America. Scenes of concern and the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars on the stock markets will not have gone unnoticed by al-Qaida as they plan for the future, one intelligence source told Eye Spy.
19 APRIL: UK POLITICIANS ON IRA HIT LIST
Several Conservative politicians names and the locations of British Army bases have been discovered on a republican hit list in Belfast.
list was acquired by security services after a series of searches following
a break-in at Special Branch offices in Belfast which was blamed on the
IRA. Security sources in the city confirmed that a list of names had been
recovered in the New Lodge area of the city.
Some intelligence analysts say the IRA is not to blame and have indicated that the reasons behind the break-in are very sensitive.
Sinn Fein has also denied the IRA was involved in the burglary. But security chiefs have insisted the missing documents from Castlereagh were in the possession of the Provisionals.
North Belfast MLA Fred Cobain said: If there is evidence that the Provisional IRA is targeting people, especially high level politicians in the Tory Party, then that has serious repercussions for the whole process.
Republicans know the risks of doing that. As far as our party is concerned, we have tried to be positive, allowing republicans to demonstrate they were working the process through and are committed to peaceful and democratic means.
Clearly there are doubts about that. The Ulster Unionist Party needs to reassess its relationship with Sinn Fein in this process. We cannot go on pretending things are all right when one of the parties to the peace process may be undermining it.
MORE EYE SPY 9
19 APRIL: SPY WRITER THREATENED WITH PRISON
Rupert Allison, better known as one of Britains most successful spy writers, Nigel West, has been given just 18 days to reveal details of his finances by a London judge. The matter involves £200.000 awarded to Random House publishers over a spy book
16 APRIL: HIJACKER ON BIN-LADEN TAPE IDENTIFIED
The alleged hijacker who appears on the controversial new Osama bin-Laden video acquired by Arab satellite station, Al-Jazeera, has been identified as Ahmed Alghamdi, who was on board United Airlines Flight 175 that crashed into the World Trade Center.
16 APRIL: BIN-LADEN TAPE FILMED IN 2001 - CIA
The Pentagon has dismissed the new Osama bin-Laden tape as an al-Qaida propaganda exercise that has backfired. The tape received by the respected Arab satellite station, Al Jazeera, shows Osama bin-Laden and his deputy, Ayman Zawahiri, in front of a rocky backdrop.
Intelligence analysts who have examined the clips say that it was taken between 11 September and 31 December 2001, and is not a new recording. Throughout the clips what were shown, bin-Laden looks relatively well and not in any discomfort, unlike tapes known to have been shot in October and November. Analysts also noted that the men were not concerned about the rocky terrain being identified, unlike the video footage taken of the men in October when US forces were attacking al-Qaida and the Taliban.
Al Jazeera refused to say how they acquired the tape but are showing more footage on Thursday.
45 COMMANDO IN AL-QAIDA ATTACK
SHOW NEW BIN-LADEN TAPE
Donald Rumsfeld, the US Defense Secretary speaking from the Pentagon was not impressed. CIA analysts say the tape was probably made last year and not recently.
GRAVES FOUND IN AFGHANISTAN
15 APRIL: ISRAELI INTELLIGENCE CAPTURE KEY ARAFAT AIDE
Israeli intelligence has pulled off a remarkable operation and captured Marwan Barghouti, a key Arafat aide and leader of the current uprising in the area. Mossad believe Barghouti is the successor to Arafat and want to question him on various operations. An Arafat spokesperson warned of the grave consequences if he is harmed
15 APRIL: US WARN BRITAIN OVER POSSIBLE TERROR STRIKES
The United States intelligence services have provided MI5 and Scotland Yard with information acquired from reliable sources that indicates Britain will be the target of the next big terror attack. It is possible that Scotland Yard may issue general alerts similar to those given by the FBI and the new Homeland security service in the USA.
MI6 MONITOR IRANIAN TERRORIST TRAINING CAMPS
SPECIAL FORCES KILL TERRORISTS IN AFGHANISTAN
FINANCIAL CHIEF ARRESTED IN SPAIN
MORE EYE SPY 9
MOTHER - FUNERAL BOMB PLOT FOILED
It is understood the car, found a few hours after the funeral, contained empty fertilizer bags, a key ingredient in home made explosives.
TO FORM CRACK UNIT TO HUNT TERROR MONEY
STOCKPILES TERRORIST VACCINE
Though the government say that they have no evidence of a planned attack, Whitehall has been alerted to the fact that Russia continued to develop smallpox and that some supplies of the virus may have ended up in Iraq or with al-Qaida agents.
ACCUSES US OF ATTEMPTED ESPIONAGE
AND PAKISTANS ISI IN SWOOP ON AL-QAIDA
The groups had been sheltering some 24 al-Qaida fighters who escaped the fierce fighting on the Afghan-Pakistan border.
FARC BOMB KILLS POLICEMEN
10 APRIL: 2000 DEAD IN RECENT ISRAEL-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT
United Nations officials say some 1360 Palestinians and 460 Israelis have been killed in the last 12 months as the conflict in the area shows no sign out easing.
10 APRIL: NEW YORK: FOUR ACCUSED OF HELPING AL-QAIDA
NEW YORK: Four people, including the solicitor for Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, the spiritual leader of the group who was jailed for planning the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, were charged with assisting al-Qaida.
SAYS IT WILL USE NUCLEAR WEAPONS
President Musharraf said: If Pakistan is threatened with extinction, then the pressure of our countrymen would be so big that this option, [nuclear] too, would have to be considered.
Intelligence analysts believe Pakistan has around 100-150 nuclear warheads compared with Indias 250-350. However, The Federation of American Scientists believe Pakistan has only 25 warheads.
APRIL: SINGAPORE - AL-QAIDA AIRLINE PLOT FOILED
7 APRIL: 200 BRITISH INTELLIGENCE AND POLICE OFFICERS WARNED OF SECURITY
Following a break-in at the highly fortified Castlereagh police station in Northern Ireland, and the removal of highly secret intelligence files containing the names of over 100 MI5 and intelligence agents, Scotland Yard has issued a warning about the security of up to 200 personnel.
MI5 CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE BIN-LADENS UK PHONE CALLS
APRIL : FBI
AGENT SLAMS AGENCY
Full story Eye Spy 9
APRIL : AL-QAIDA
OFFER $100,000 FOR A LIVE WESTERNER
PRESIDENT BUSH SAYS SADDAM MUST GO
Eye Spy has learned that both the USAF and RAF have stepped up joint operations.
KILLERS - SUSPECTS TRIAL BEGINS IN KARACHI
APRIL : AL-QAIDA
GATEKEEPER IN CIA HANDS
Zubaydah, who was charged by Osama bin-Laden in funneling recruits to various training camps, is the most senior al-Qaida commander in custody and is expected to be flow to Camp X-Ray on Cuba, after being debriefed by US and Pakistan intelligence.
For background on Abu Zubaydah, see Eye Spy 8.
MARCH: US SPECIAL FORCES KILL 52 AL-QAIDA FIGHTERS
MARCH: BRITISH AEROSPACE WORKER CHARGED WITH ESPIONAGE
Earlier this year, a security guard at BAe, Stanmore, London, was jailed for stealing NATO and British military secrets.
MARCH: CIA BOOBY TRAP ACCIDENTALLY KILLED PEACEKEEPERS
The incident occurred on the outskirts of Kabul, where the British Army
has established a collection point for captured munitions.
However, Eye Spy Intelligence magazine learned from a former member of Britains Special Forces, who served in the earlier Afghan conflict against the Soviets, that the men died when an unexploded US Stinger missile that had been booby-trapped by the CIAs Special Activities Division (SAD), exploded. The intelligence source, who trained the personal bodyguards of murdered Northern Alliance leader, General Ahmed Shah Massoud, was informed by members of Germanys Special Forces that they were furious about the deaths. The Germans made up about half of the 200-strong multinational force fighting alongside US and Afghanistan soldiers in the recent Operation Anaconda mission that saw over 500 al-Qaida and Taliban fighters killed in the mountains of Paktia province.
The German intelligence officer who supplied the information said the Stinger had been booby-trapped because the CIA did not want any unexploded warhead to fall into al-Qaida or Taliban hands and then be sold to foreign governments such as Iraq, Iran or China. It is known that several Cruise missiles fired by US forces in recent years against Taliban targets, failed to explode. The weapons were duly sold to China who received the technology windfall warmly in return for monies.
is interesting about the Stinger claim, is that the German chief of staff,
General Harald Kujat, said the five dead men had been preparing a controlled
explosion to destroy two SA-3 missiles captured from the Taliban.
FORMER MI5 OFFICER SHAYLER LOSES APPEAL
argued that he disclosed information about MI5 to a newspaper because
he thought it was in the public interest and that the Secrets Act was
incompatible with the Human Rights Act.
His secrets trial due to start at the Old Bailey on October 7.
"Despite the high importance attached to it, the right to free expression was never regarded domestic law as absolute," said Lord Bingham. The European convention human rights - enshrined in the 1998 Human Rights Act -also recognised it was not absolute, he said.
Lord Bingham said: "The crux of this case is whether the safeguards built in to the Official Secrets Act are sufficient to ensure that unlawfulness and irregularity can be reported to those with the power and duty to take effective action, and the power to withhold authorization to publish is notabused and that proper disclosures are not stifled."
Shayler is charged with disclosing documents and information to the press in 1997, including MI5 files on British politicians Jack Straw and Peter Mandelson, and others once considered subversive, allegations that it ran a "honey trap" operation against a potential informer, had an outdated cold war culture, and condoned alcoholism among staff.
MARCH: CIA INVESTIGATE LIMA US EMBASSY EXPLOSION
22 MARCH: PAKISTAN NOW CHARGE PEARL SUSPECTS
Omar Saeed Sheikh, a Briton, who has already been charged with hostage taking and conspiracy to commit hostage taking by the US Federal Court, has now been charged with similar offences by Pakistan. Three other men have also been charged. The case will be heard in a week or so, but it is already clear Pakistan has substantial evidence against Sheikh, who has threatened a fearsome response if he is extradited to America.
MARCH: CIA INVESTIGATE LIMA US EMBASSY EXPLOSION
MARCH: IAEA DIRTY BOMB INVESTIGATION PROVES NEGATIVE
Discovered by two men collecting firewood last December, who became dizzy within moments of touching the containers, the items are not thought to have been secured. The men, also developed burns, a clear sign the boxes contained radioactive substances.
When IAEA investigators tried to retrieve the containers, they had to turn back because of heavy snow.
MARCH 2002: FBI MOST WANTED IS NOT THE REAL ANAS AL-LIBY
MARCH: 1700 BRITISH TROOPS TO FIGHT AL-QAIDA & TALIBAN
MARCH: 1700 BRITISH TROOPS TO FIGHT AL-QAIDA & TALIBAN
MARCH: US DELTA FORCES KILL 14 AL-QAIDA FIGHTERS IN AMBUSH
MARCH: US CONFIRM 600 AL-QAIDA FIGHTERS KILLED
Analysts believe more than 4,500 al-Qaida fighters and Taliban soldiers did escape across the border into Pakistan. This prompted a huge USAF leaflet-dropping exercise urging local people not to shelter fleeing fighters.
MARCH 2002: US DIPLOMATS WIFE AND DAUGHTER KILLED
MARCH: BRITAIN REJECTS AL-QAIDA SUSPECTS LAWYERS
17 MARCH: PEARL SUSPECT THREATENS US CITIZENS WITH MORE KIDNAPPINGS
Omar Saeed Sheikh, the Briton believed to be behind the kidnapping of Wall Street journalist, Daniel Pearl, has told a court that if he is extradited to America to face charges, other US kidnappings and airliner hijacks would follow.
It is understood the CIA and FBI are closing in on many of Sheikhs colleagues. Pakistan's ISI intelligence agency say Pearl was kidnapped by a gang of at least 15 people.
17 MARCH: GERMANY WILL NOT BACK US AND UK ATTACK ON IRAQ
Gerhard Schroder, the German Chancellor, has said unless the US and UK obtain a United Nations mandate on intervention and military action against Saddam Hussein, Germany will not support its allies. Already many Germans are anxious about its troops being used to help US forces in eastern Afghanistan.
Thousands of Germans are expected to apply for conscientious objection status in the coming weeks.
17 MARCH: PENTAGON REVISE BIN-LADEN REWARD
After months of offering local Afghans a $25m reward for information leading to the arrest of Osama bin-Laden - and being fed a diet of disinformation and poor intelligence - US analysts are now offering a more logical and needy reward. Sheep, food, clothing and shelter. When Tommy Franks, overall US commander asked an Afghan farmer at Christmas what he would do with $25m, the man said the money might just pay for feeding his nine children. Clearly the financial offering was simply too much to understand for people desperately trying to cope with a multitude of hardships, said one intelligence official.
15 MARCH: MI5 AND MI6 OFFICIALS TRAIN GEORGIA SECURITY TO HELP FIGHT AL-QAIDA
MI5 and MI6 intelligence officers are helping to train Georgian security forces in their fight against al-Qaida terrorists known to be reforming in the country. Eye Spy has also learned that a number of troops belonging to US Special Forces have arrived in Georgia to track the al-Qaida fighters.
MARCH 2002: US CHARGE SUSPECT WITH PEARL KILLING
Daniel Pearl with his killers
15 MARCH: 25,000 BRITONS EARMARKED FOR IRAQI OFFENSIVE
Secret British intelligence reports indicate that the Ministry of Defence is finalizing plans for the US-led offensive against Saddam Hussein. Intelligence sources claim that two complete armoured brigades would be involved, stretching Britain's armed forces global commitments to a point many say impossible.
15 MARCH: NO INTERVENTION BY RUSSIA IF USA ATTACKS IRAQ
Igor Ivanov, Russias Foreign Minister, has made it clear Moscow will not oppose an American-led coalition strike against Saddam Hussein. But he warned that any attack would cause immense upheaval in the Middle East. He said: We would hope the US and UK do not make the same mistake again, referring to the strains placed on relations with Moscow following the 1998 air strikes by USAF and RAF fighters.
15 MARCH: US JAIL AL-QAIDA 11 SEPTEMBER HOAXER
A Saudi Arabian man has been convicted of making false allegations to FBI agents about his connections to Hani Hanjour, one of the 11 September hijackers. Faisal Al Salmi was jailed and he will be deported after serving a sentence of six months.
MARCH 2002: FBI FAIL TO LINK USS COLE ATTACK TO BIN-LADEN
15 MARCH: IRAQ AND NUCLEAR POTENTIAL - MI6 UNSURE
It is understood that following an extensive operation to glean intelligence on Iraqs nuclear capability, MI6 has concluded that Saddam Hussein could still be five years away from developing a nuclear bomb. Intelligence sources told Eye Spy that an assessment, already provided to senior British Cabinet ministers by MI6, says that Baghdad, though working on a nuclear bomb, is still some years away. However, the Secret Intelligence Service are not 100% sure, as Iraq has moved a number of former research facilities to underground locations that are well protected.
Eye Spy has learned that during the 1990s, Iraq purchased a significant amount of weapons-grade uranium on the Russian black market. This was one reason Saddam did not want United Nations inspectors examining suspected weapons factories.
MARCH 2002: EXPLOSION NEAR US EMBASSY IN YEMEN
15 MARCH: US ALLAYS RUSSIAN NUCLEAR TARGET FEARS
Donald Rumsfeld, the US Defense Secretary, has played down Russian fears that it has been identified as one of seven first strike nuclear targets. Mr Rumsfeld said that the United States and Russia are enjoying their warmest relations yet, and that Moscow was a key Washington partner in the war on terror.
15 MARCH: MANY AL-QAIDA FIGHTERS KILLED - BUT EVEN MORE ESCAPE
The fierce fighting around Shah-e-kot, in East Afghanistan, has resulted in the worst casulaties since the Taliban and al-Qaida were defeated by the US-sponsored Northern Alliance forces. At least 500 al-Qaida fighters have been killed, but US intelligence assessments suggest that over 2,000 have escaped across the border into Pakistan.
Aerial NSA satellite surveillance images indicate that a large force of al-Qaida and Taliban fighters have gathered just inside the border in Pakistan.
CIA intelligence reports say that most of the al-Qaida dead were either Chechens or Arabs.
MARCH 2002: LOCKERBIE APPEAL - DISMISSED
MARCH 2002: US AND BRITAIN TARGET SADDAM HUSSEIN
MARCH 2002: IRAQ HOLDING US PILOT FROM 1991 - CLAIM
Commander Michael Speicher crashed his F18 fighter on 17 January 1991, the first real day of combat to free occupied Kuwait. He was declared dead in May 1991, but 10 years later, the USAF reclassified him as missing in action.
Because of MI6s superb intelligence operation in Iraq, it was discovered that Mr Speicher was alive and being held. The information came from an agent of MI6, who believed he could actually pinpoint his whereabouts and obtain a photograph.
The intelligence was leaked to the media and because of this some analysts believe it is false information used to further pressurise Saddam Hussein.
26 FEBRUARY: WASHINGTON DEMANDS PEARL DETAINEE BE EXTRADITED
Washington has asked Pakistan to extradite Omar Sheikh, the head of the al-Qaida linked gang who kidnapped US journalist Daniel Pearl. The US has no extradition agreement with Pakistan and President Musharraf is worried that by simply handing over Sheikh and his two accomplices, the public may see him as bowing to US pressure.
24 FEBRUARY: BLAIR AND BUSH WILL MEET FOR WAR PLAN IN APRIL
It is understood that Britains Prime Minister, Tony Blair and US President, George Bush, will meet in Washington in early April to discuss the next phase on the war on terrorism. Tony Blair has indicated British support for an attack on Iraq.
21 FEBRUARY: INDIA BUYS US SURVEILLANCE RADAR SYSTEM
In a move bound to upset Pakistan, India is purchasing a sophisticated US surveillance radar - the first major military deal between the two nations. The system is codenamed Firefinders and could be deployed in the sensitive region of Kashmir.
8 FEBRUARY: MOD REFUSE TO CLEAR CHINOOK PILOTS
The Ministry of Defence is refusing to reverse charges against two pilots blamed for of an RAF Chinook crash in 1994, in which 29 people in total died. Despite serious doubts in the case against Flight Lieutenants Jonathan Tapper and Richard Cook, an MOD spokesman said: There is no new evidence and no new facts.
The House of Lords recently ruled that the charge of gross negligence was unjustified.
25 intelligence officers from MI5 and the Royal Ulster Constabulary died in the incident.
Eye Spys report on the case features in full in issue 7
IRAN CALLS BRITISH AMBASSADOR MI6 SPY
The British Embassy in Tehran will now be run by the second most senior diplomat, the charge d'affaires.
4 FEBRUARY: UK SECURITY GUARD JAILED FOR SPYING
Following an MI5 sting operation, Rafael Bravo, 30, was jailed for 11 years after he attempted to sell stolen UK and NATO secrets to the Russians. An MI5 officer posed as a Russian diplomat in London; Bravo handed the material to him. The documents were stolen from British Aerospace, Stanmore. The judge described Bravo as an opportunist spy. See Eye Spy 7
30 JANUARY: LOCKERBIE - LIBYA EXPECTED TO PAY £3m TO EACH FAMILY
As the appeal by Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, convicted of the Lockerbie bombing continues in Holland, intelligence sources say Colonel Gadaffi is set to admit responsibility and pay an estimated £3 million compensation to each of the victims families. Many of the relatives, however, are set to reject the money, believing the money is simply payment to allow Libya back into the diplomatic fold.
17 JANUARY: ISRAELI WEDDING HALL ATTACKED - FIVE DEAD
At least five people died and a further 30 were injured at an Israeli wedding hall in Hadera. A Palestinian suicide bomber tried to detonate explosive at the entrance to the hall, but was overpowered by guards. However, they could not stop him throwing a hand-grenade into the reception which caused mayhem.
The Al Aqsa Brigades linked to Yasser Arafats Fatah said it carried out the attack.
15 JANAURY: IRAQ CAN SEE USAF STEALTH AIRCRAFT
Middle Eastern Air Defences may have a limited anti-Stealth capability
14 JANUARY: MOSSAD DELEGATION ARRIVES IN LONDON
It is understood several senior Mossad officers have arrived at the Ministry of Defence in London today to present absolute evidence that the recent seizure of arms on a ship in the Red Sea bound for Israel (Palestinians) was purchased by Yasser Arafat from the Iranians. The information is set to cool the Wests warming relations with Teheran and heap more pressure on the Mr Arafat.
14 JANUARY: MORE CHINESE MISSILES AIMED AT USA
A new CIA report says that by 2015, China will have at least 100 long-range nuclear missiles pointing at the USA. Similarly, the CIA warn that the warheads will be mobile and difficult to find. The National Intelligence Estimate says there has been an accelerated Chinese nuclear build-up.
9 JANUARY: HITLERS ATOM BOMB GENIUS BETRAYED BERLIN IN 1941
A remarkable letter currently being examined by WWII intelligence experts, is believed to show that the scientific genius behind Hitlers atomic bomb programme, betrayed its existence four years before Hiroshima. A private account of a trip in 1941 to Copenhagen, by nuclear physicist Wernen Heisenberg, shows that he alerted his mentor, Niels Bohr to Hitlers deadly plans. Experts are divided why he should have revealed the plans, but some believe he was trying to alert Britain and America. More Eye Spy 7
7 JANUARY: MOSSAD HAVE EVIDENCE OF ARAFAT ARMS ORDER
Following the Israeli interception of the cargo ship, Karine-A in the Red Sea, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said that Yasser Arafat personally authorised the purchase of the 50 tons of weapons and explosives on board the vessel. Tel Aviv says the commando raid followed an intelligence operation. The ship and its content is being examined in the port of Eilat. The Palestinian authorities deny any knowledge of the weapons and say Tel Aviv is trying to derail US attempts to broker a new peace deal.
7 JANUARY: INDIA ARMY SHOOT DOWN PAKISTAN UNMANNED AIRCRAFT
The Indian Army says it shot down an unmanned Pakistan reconnaissance aircraft after it strayed into India airspace. The aircraft was allegedly shot down in Jamu. Pakistan says the claim was baseless and insisted it was India who had lost a spy plane.
7 JANUARY: IRISH POLICE ARREST SEVEN MEN IN ANTI-TERRORIST OPERATION
Police in the Republic of Ireland say they arrested seven men aged between 20 and 50 in an anti-terrorist operation in the town of Dundalk, close to the border with Northern Ireland. The police say an arms cashe was seized.
4 JANUARY: NSA IDENTIFY SIX IRAQI CHEMICAL FACTORIES
The National Security Agency (NSA), together with MI6, has identified six custom-built bunkers in the north of the country used to conceal chemical weapons. Following the anthrax attacks in America last year, NSA spy satellites noticed abnormal truck movements in the north. MI6 discovered at least six huge 60ft-deep holes had been used to bury the drums of chemicals - moved from the outskirts of Baghdad in early October. Analysts have linked the convoys to the death of British-born, Florida-based Bob Stevens on 5 October.
NEW KASHMIR ATTACK BY DELHI TERROR ATTACK GROUP
Sources in Pakistan claim a grenade attack today against the Kashmir Parliament Building, that left one policeman dead and 23 other people injured, was carried out by the same group that attacked the Indian Parliament last month. The group - Jaish-e-Mohammad - have released a statement that says: We are in possession of deadly weapons and these will be fully used. Both India and Pakistan are taking the claim seriously.
In recent days, Pakistan has detained over 100 people believed to be associated with terror groups.
2002 - A YEAR OF WAR?
Just what can the world expect from the New Year? In all probability more terrorist attacks and a widening of the US led war on terrorism to include Somalia, Yemen, but more importantly Iraq, and probably Iran and Syria. Countries in the Far East are likely also to be embroiled at some time, there are indeed Muslim insurgencies in Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia all with known contacts with Al Qaida and other Islamic extremist groups.
In the first reckoning of plus and minus points for 2001 the performance of the oft criticised US Military machine has been a definite positive, for although it is still top-heavy with brass-hats and equipped with vast amounts of largely unsuitable cold-war weapons, it has once again achieved a positive result in the first battles of a long war. The United States has worked hard at the basic principles of military success, the ability to hide your real intentions till the last minute, keep your enemy off balance and to be endlessly inventive and unpredictable.
There are still weak points in the US performance, but there appears to
be plenty of forthcoming opportunities to iron out the wrinkles before
the major supporters of terrorism such as Iran are tackled.
That we shall see a greater use of highly mobile forces, with a faster reaction to events and equipped with a new generation of hi-tech weapons is certain. Lighter airportable fighting vehicles with a new generation of plastic armour, increasing use of stealth helicopters, electronic warfare and a perfection of the tactics of confusion will help to ensure a leaner and meaner US armed forces. However, the need for long-range bombers, stealth technology applied to more types of combat aircraft, the continued maintenance of at least twelve Carrier groups and an even closer relationship between the intelligence community and the military have become very obviously major ingredients in future military success. What may now slowly pass into history are the heavy armoured and mechanized divisions trained and equipped to fight across the plains of Northern Europe.
Understanding terrorism-room for considerable improvement
Among the minus points has been the inability to fully understand the true nature of the new terrorism, amoral, international and sophisticated. Even now, nearly four months after the events of September 11th it is still difficult to gain a clear picture the strength of the Osama Bin-Ladens International Islamic Front For Jihad Against of the US and Israel. Just how many of them have been killed or captured during the war; how many survived and where are they now? Is their structure badly damaged or still capable of planning yet more terrorist outrages?
Kenton Keith, from the US Embassy in Islamabad at a media briefing on December 26th 2001, presented a chart showing the believed present command structure of the Al Qaida organisation. It contained 42 names, out of whom six were shown as killed in action and two under arrest. Those shown as killed were Osamas deputy Muhammad Atef, his aides Muhammad Salah, Assadullah and Tariq Anwar Fathy, the organisations operational coordinator Abu Saleh al-Yemeni and a terrorist instructor, Abu Ubaida. Those shown as arrested are Abdul Aziz and Abu Faisal, detained on December 12th and 14th respectively. The remaining 34 senior members, including Bin-Laden and his second-in-command Aiman al-Zawahiri are still at large.
Keith also distributed a list of 27 Taliban leaders, of whom one Jalaluddin Haqqani was shown as killed in action, while Muhammad Fazal and Mulla Noorullah Nori were shown as prisoners of war. Leading Indian analyst B. Raman has commented that No credible details have been forthcoming from the allies regarding the damages caused by the war on the cadres of the Al Qaida and the other components of the International Islamic Front. A mistake, which the US officials and analysts have been making from the very beginning of this war, is to treat the Al Qaida and the Front as one and the same. The Al Qaida, which is Saudi-centric, is only one of the 12 components of the Front.
He went on to add that Before the war began, the Front was assessed as having 12 components - the Al Qaeda, three each from Egypt and Pakistan, the Taliban, two from Uzbekistan and one each from Southern Philippines and Xinjiang in China. The three components from Pakistan were the Harkat-ul-Mudjahideen (HUM), the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LET) and the Sunni extremist Sipah-e-Sahaba. Details received after the outbreak of the war indicated that the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JEM) was also a component.
Research - Richard M. Bennett Associates
31 DECEMBER: FBI CRITICISED OVER US AL-QAIDA SUSPECTS ARRESTS
Since 11 September, over 1,100 people suspected of having terrorist links have been detained or arrested. 150 still remain in custody, while the remainder have been released pending further inquiries. Of those still detained, it is believed at least 20 are thought to have worked for al-Qaida in the USA or Europe. Initially the FBI were congratulated over their swift operation, however, it has become increasingly clear that following the arrests of some of the men, known associates have either fled the USA or gone underground. Some intelligence analysts believe it may have been more worthwhile to allow the suspects room to maneuver, thus revealing contacts, companies or escape corridors.
It is known that the FBI have at least 100 suspects under intense observation. Intelligence sources believe that the FBI have identified at least four sleeper cells and are allowing the suspects to move freely. Had this form of action been carried out before the huge number of arrests in September, October and November, the FBI may well have dismantled the majority of al-Qaida cells in the USA.
29 DECEMBER: ISRAEL - SENIOR INTELLIGENCE OFFICIAL SACKED
Israels High Court ruled that Ehud Yatom, a former senior intelligence official who admitted killing two Palestinians in custody in 1984, was not fit to be a security advisor to Aeriel Sharon, the Prime Minister. The complex case known as the Bus 300 affair involves Shin Bet, Israels secret security service. More - Eye Spy 7
MI6 LEARN NAME OF IRAQI DEATH SQUAD
MI6 has learned that Iraq has an elite death squad with sleeper cells around the world. The name of the organisation is called the Strikers, according to a senior Iraqi intelligence officer who has defected to Great Britain.
President Saddam Hussein
20 DECEMBER: INDIA BLAMES ISI FOR SUPPORTING ATTACK
may have no alternative but to strike back at Pakistan after New Delhi
18 DECEMBER: LOCKERBIE SOURCE INTERVIEWED BY EYE SPY
Eye Spy has made contact with a German man who believes he has evidence that links another Middle East country to the Lockerbie disaster. See Eye Spy 7.
AMERICAN IN TALIBAN: BIOLOGICAL STRIKE ON U.S. NEAR
COURTESY: THE WASHINGTON TIMES
An American Taliban fighter held captive by Marines in Afghanistan has told American officials that al Qaeda's next attack on the United States will take place in days and involve biological weapons, U.S. intelligence officials told The Washington Times.
Lindh told U.S. intelligence officials that the Ramadan attack will involve
the use of biological weapons. A third phase of al Qaeda's war on the
United States will result in the destruction of the entire country, the
Islamic convert stated.
officials said they have questioned the credibility of Mr. Lindh's claim
because of his relatively low-level position. Still, the information was
among other intelligence reports that led the Bush administration to issue
a public warning last week about a possible terrorist attack, the officials
other details were available about Mr. Lindh's debriefing. However, the
intelligence about the impending attack is an indication Mr. Lindh may
have been part of the al Qaeda network in addition to fighting on behalf
of the Taliban militia.
CIA spokesman declined to comment. Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of
the Joint Chiefs of
think the evidence is pretty strong that he was right in the middle of
it." Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz told reporters the American
had provided information that has been "very helpful" to the
United States, including information on the prisoner uprising at Mazar-e-Sharif
that led to the death of
I think anyone who knows anything about that organization is a potentially
valuable source of
Pentagon has not decided how to handle Mr. Lindh and whether he will be
charged with treason.
Lindh, 20, was videotaped as he was interrogated by the CIA officer hours
before his death at the hands of rebelling Taliban and al Qaeda prisoners
at a fortress near Mazar-e-Sharif. He initially gave his name as Abdul
Marines are using a large green metal shipping container to hold Mr. Lindh
at their base in southern Afghanistan, according to pool reports from
the base. Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Stewart Upton said he had no information
about Mr. Lindh being held in the container, which is surrounded by barbed
wire and Marine guards.
second Marine spokesman, Capt. David Romley, said later that the only
detainee at the camp was Mr. Lindh. At the Pentagon, Defense Secretary
Donald H. Rumsfeld told reporters that valuable intelligence is being
collected as U.S. and Afghan opposition forces take over areas once ruled
documentation being found and discovered and analyzed and translated,
so that each day we learn more and know more," Mr. Rumsfeld said.
"As more address books are found and phone books are found and computer
hard drives are found as people have left areas, clearly our knowledge
INTELLIGENCE REPRIMANDED OVER INTERCEPTS
The British Intelligence services have been told to improve their record in respect of official communications intercepts. In dozens of cases incorrect houses and lines had been bugged because the respective intelligence official had simply written the wrong house number or telephone. MI5 were the worse culprits in 2001, a year that saw a record rise in the number of intercept requests.
MI5 - the Securty Service headquarters
IRAN TO TURN OLD US EMBASSY INTO SPY MUSEUM
According to Eye Spy sources, the Iranian Government is considering an application to turn the former US Embassy in Tehran into a spy museum. The building was stormed by anti-Shah protesters several years ago and over a hundred US officials taken hostage.
RUSSIA TO CLOSE COLD WAR FACILITIES... 18 OCTOBER 2001: Aleksey Shcherbakov
the electronic spying facility in Lourdes in December. He told the station's
personnel that their mission was very important for his government's decision-making.
The U.S. Congress voted in May 2000 to restrict financial aid to Russia
unless it closed the Lourdes facility. The outpost has helped Russia verify
U.S. compliance with arms-control agreements, according to Russian and
ARRESTS FOLLOW AFTER THREE MEN TRY AND SELL RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS
Security services in Bosnia arrested three Bosnians and a Yugoslav man for allegedly selling explosives and radioactive materials.
US TESTING SPECIAL WEAPON
Moscow say that the USAF is conducting secret trials of Boeings
Advanced Tactical Laser (ATL) in Northern Afghanistan. Mounted in a Lockheed
AC-130 Spectre gunship, operating from a military airbase in
The ATL has a high-energy weapon-class laser that allows up to ten precision laser-shots from ten miles from the target. These can melt 16-guage steel. The accuracy of its fist-sized, contact spot ensures little or no collateral damage.
to Shut Down Base in Cuba
Moscow Times Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001 Itar-tass / AP
In an effort to raise more money for the struggling military at home, Russia will close two bases that came to be symbolic of the Cold War -- a radar station in Cuba and a naval support base in Vietnam, a top army official said Wednesday.
The surprise departure from the Cuba station -- Moscow's "listening post" on America -- signals President Vladimir Putin's readiness to ignore military hawks and forge closer ties with Washington, according to analysts. Officials described Wednesday's meeting of military brass at the Defense Ministry, chaired by Putin, as "stormy." After the meeting, they said Russia will spend nearly $1 billion more this year to purchase new weapons.
president called on us to seek ways that could save resources, including
those within [the military]," said General Anatoly Kvashnin, chief
of the armed forces' General Staff. Kvashnin
said Russia will dismantle its radar station in Lourdes, Cuba, and a navy
technical support base in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. The pullout from Vietnam
will start Jan. 1, military officials said, but no definite date was announced
for the Cuba station. The spying facility on Cuba was built in 1964, shortly
after the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, to "decide defense issues during
that period of the Cold War," Kvashnin said. "Now, the military-political
situation has changed and
station's potential is compensated by the potential of other means and
forces on the territory of Russia, including space-based ones," Kvashnin
said. He said the closure of the Cuba station would allow Russia to save
at least $200 million a year in rent and an undisclosed amount in personnel
salaries and maintenance. "With that money we can buy and launch
20 communication, intelligence and information satellites, and purchase
up to 100 sophisticated radars," Kvashnin said.
Putin visited the electronic facility in Lourdes in December, telling the station's personnel that their mission was very important for his government's decision-making. Putin said Wednesday that the decision to close the electronic intelligence center outside Havana had been reached after "deep analysis and long talks with our Cuban partners." His wording suggested that the decision to shut the huge intelligence post 150 kilometers off the Florida coast had met resistance from veteran Cuban leader Fidel Castro. But he added that the decision to dismantle bases in the former Soviet Union's traditional satellite countries did not mean that Moscow was turning its back. "We advocate the full lifting of the economic blockade against Cuba. We have large economic cooperation plans with Vietnam," Putin told the gathering.
for more money to be provided to the military to pay its personnel and
purchase modern weapons. He also noted some troubles with the military
reform efforts, saying in particular that he wanted to see more "quality"
than quantity and lashing out at the military for having its pilots fly
only 10 percent of the necessary training time. "We have to look
at our priorities as the situation in the world is changing rapidly and
we need to confront international terrorism," Putin said. "We
have to adequately respond to the international situation."
Alexei Kudrin, who also took part in the meeting, said the government
would spend an additional 27 billion rubles ($918 million) this year on
new weapons purchases, "and this amount will be growing every year."
He also voiced
hope that the legislature on Friday would give its final approval to releasing
an additional 4 billion rubles to beef up the salaries of military personnel,
a step initiated by Putin. Kept by Russia on land leased from Cuba in
exchange for crude oil and other supplies, Lourdes has long been the source
of controversy between Moscow and some political quarters in Washington.
of Representatives passed a bill last year to try to prevent the United
States from rescheduling hundreds of millions of dollars in Russian debt
unless Moscow shut it down. The decision to leave the base "is the
first real step towards a real partnership with the U.S.," said independent
military expert Alexander Golts. "If you wanted a symbol of the Cold
War, it was Lourdes. "I think it is a clear signal to the U.S. that
Russia is changing its position, that we are true allies. It is a very
important signal that continues this shift of Mr Putin towards a clear
partnership with the West." Putin has offered stalwart support to
the "war on terrorism" declared by U.S. President George W.
Bush. But his apparent abandonment of Russia's traditional "Eurasianism"
-- its love-hate relationship with the West -- has powerful opponents
who may yet try to thwart the president.
"I think the majority of the higher echelons of power do not support the president" in his overtures to the West, said Vadim Solovyov, managing editor of the Nezavisimaya Gazeta Military Review. "They would like a tougher line to achieve more concessions from the American side on resolving problems of strategic national defense," a reference to U.S. missile defense plans hitherto opposed by Moscow. Putin sweetened the pill by announcing more cash for the military, but whether he can take with him his defense minister and close ally, Sergei Ivanov, remains to be seen.
"Any further development in the partnership with the West ... moves us slowly to the underlying contradictions between Mr. Putin and those he thought were his closest allies," Golts said.
Russia to start withdrawal from base in Vietnam
MOSCOW. Oct 17 (Interfax) - The withdrawal of the Russian military base in Cam Ranh will start on January 1, 2002, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday following a conference in the Defense Ministry. This decision was made after hearing a report by the navy commander-in-chief, he said. After long negotiations, a decision has been made to pull out the Russian radio-electronic center in Cuba, Putin said. These steps do not imply phasing out Russia's cooperation with those countries, Putin said. "We advocate the lifting of the economic blockade against Cuba, and we have large plans for economic cooperation with Vietnam," he said.
Russia to offer India surveillance planes
Times of India Oct 18 NEW DELHI:
to offer India a lease on four supersonic reconnaissance aircraft as part
of a broader economic agreement to be signed next month in Moscow, PTI
reported Tuesday. PTI quoted Ilya Klebanov, Russia's deputy premier, as
saying Russia would offer the aircraft to India as part of efforts to
broaden defence cooperation. He spoke after two rounds of talks here with
India's newly reinstated Defense Minister George Fernandes.
The two countries
would sign "some very important, crucial economic documents"
next month during a visit to Moscow by Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari
Vajpayee, Klebanov told reporters after the meeting. "We are awaiting
the visit with much expectation," he added. Cooperation is expected
to focus on joint projects for commercial and transport aircraft, submarines
and ships, nuclear, thermal and hydroelectric power and oil exploration
in the Bay of Bengal.
PTI quoted Klebanov as saying terrorism would also be a key issue during Vajpayee's talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "In this matter, the positions of India and Russia are completely identical," Klebanov said. "Russia has always supported and continues to support India's positions in all regional matters." Both countries agree on the need for a broad-based, multiethnic government in Afghanistan after the Taliban, he said.
Russia has long been supporting the Northern Alliance that opposes the Taliban regime, Klebanov said. "But today, our efforts and the efforts of India are joined by other Western powers.
CIA TRIED TO ASSASSINATE OSAMA BIN-LADEN IN 1998
Former President Bill Clinton has revealed that he authorised the CIA to either capture or assassinate Osama bin-Laden as early as 1998. Intelligence sources say that a covert CIA-sponsored team liaised with a group of Afghan warriors closely linked with the fighters of the Northern Alliance. The terrain, close protection around bin-Laden and a serious lack of intelligence meant the operation had to be cancelled.
It is believed Washington afforded a huge sum of money to a unit associated with Pakistan for bin-Laden.
FATAL FLIGHT OF ZD576
an RAF Chinook helicopter crashed on the Mull of Kintyre on 2 June 1994,
killing all 29 people on board, including four crew, the authorities of
the day knew there would be serious repercussions. Notwithstanding the
fact that Whitehall had incredibly allowed 25 of the country's leading
intelligence and military figures to board one aircraft, they also had
evidence that this particular helicopter was suffering from inherent computer
THREE EYE SPY!: