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Israel in Afghanistan & Ehud Barak's $300 Million Rip-Off

April 29, 2016

In July 2015, in what was described as "a startling move," Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar of Hizb-e-Islami advised his supporters to help Islamic State (ISIS).  Since the 1980s, Hekmatyar's organization has been funded by the C.I.A. and armed and trained by Israel.  Surprise, surprise.

May 1992:  Ahmad Shah Massoud signs agreement with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the most wanted criminal in Afghanistan, in presence of their Pakistani and Arab masters. Now, consider that Hekmatyar's group was armed and trained by Israeli military intelligence.

Israel played a secret, but central role, in the Soviet-Afghanistan war, in particular by arming and training a very radical Islamic Party faction - the Hezb-e Islami of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.  As Wikipedia reports in its "Afghanistan-Israel Relations" entry:

During the 1980s, Israel provided armament and training to mujahideen forces who were fighting the Soviet-backed Afghan government. Thousands of mujahideen fighters, particularly from the Hezb-e Islami faction of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, were trained by Israeli instructors. The head of Pakistan's ISI agency, Akhtar Abdur Rahman, apparently allowed the Israeli trainers into his country.

The details of the Israeli role in arming and training radical Islamic fighters during the Soviet-Afghanistan war are generally not well known. This is largely due to the fact that "of all the members of the anti-Soviet coalition, the Israelis have been the most successful in concealing the details and even the broad traces of a training role," according to John K. Cooley, author of Unholy Wars: Afghanistan, America and International Terrorism (2000).

One reason it is important for us today to understand Israel's role then in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran, is because the radical Islamic faction, Hezb-e Islami, which was armed and trained by the Israelis, went on to become al Qaida. It is also important to note that the Israeli covert operation to arm and train Hezb-e Islami was carried out by Ehud Barak, the head of Israel's Military Intelligence Directorate, AMAN (1983–1985).

When Hekmatyar's radical "Islamic Party" lost Saudi support, after it supported Saddam Hussein; and Pakistani support after 1994, "the remainder of Hezb-i Islami merged into al-Qaida and the Taliban," as per The Columbia World Dictionary of Islamism. This is shortly before Al Qaida emerged on the world stage as the alleged source of terror atrocities in Africa and Yemen.

Ehud Barak, the former Israeli prime minister and chief of defense, also happens to be the first person on 9/11 to blame Osama bin Laden and al Qaida, something he did from the London studio of BBC World television - before the towers were even demolished. How very odd, when one considers that it was Barak himself, as head of Israeli military intelligence, who had overseen the arming and training of the Islamist group he blamed on 9/11 for the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C.

BEFORE THE TOWERS FELL - Ehud Barak was in the BBC World studio in London blaming Osama bin Laden and his Islamist group in Afghanistan - the very same radical Islamist group that Barak had armed and trained as head of Israeli military intelligence (AMAN) from 1983 through 1985. One of the last operations Barak's team in Pakistan carried out was double-dealing to Iran a $300 million consignment of weapons paid for by the U.S. and intended for the anti-Soviet Afghan 
mujahideen. Did Vice-President George Bush know that his ally in the Iran-Contra operation was ripping the U.S. off?


In 1985, when Shimon Peres was Israel's prime minister and Ehud Barak was head of the AMAN, the Military Intelligence Directorate, the Israelis pulled a fast one and sold Iran a $300 million consignment of weapons that had already been purchased for the Afghan resistance fighters. Ari Ben-Menashe, the Israeli agent on the ground in Pakistan, said the Israeli weapons were sold twice, creating a surplus in the Israeli account of $300 million.

THE TROIKA OF TERROR - Shimon Peres (left) and Ehud Barak (right) were the key players in the $300 million rip-off as they armed and trained the radical Islamist group in Pakistan that became Al Qaida.

This means that the same Israelis, Peres and Barak, who played key roles in the events of 9/11, had ripped off the U.S. government and its allies in the anti-Soviet campaign in Afghanistan for $300 million in 1985.  No wonder the Israelis have worked so hard to conceal the details of their business in Pakistan. The Israeli military could not have carried out such an outrageous operation without the knowledge and approval of both the head of military intelligence, Ehud Barak, and the prime minister, Shimon Peres.

The best information I have found about the details of Israel's double dealing in Pakistan is in A.Z. Hilali's book, US-Pakistan Relationship: Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan (2005).  The following extracts from Hilali's book provide the basics about how Ehud Barak and Shimon Peres ripped off $300 million in 1985:


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Sources:  "Afghanistan–Israel Relations," Wikipedia, April 29, 2016

"Enemy of enemy: Hekmatyar support for IS stuns observers" by Tahir Khan, Express Tribune (Pakistan), July 7, 2015

The Columbia World Dictionary of Islamism, Olivier Roy, Antoine Sfeir (2007)

Unholy Wars: Afghanistan, America and International Terrorism by John K. Cooley, Pluto Press (2000) 

US-Pakistan Relationship: Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan by A.Z. Hilali, Aldershot, Ashgate (2005) 

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