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Iranian arms cache causes diplomatic rift

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on December 20, 2010

A shipment of Iranian arms discovered in Nigeria in October and destined for Gambia, to the chagrin of neighbouring Senegal, has stirred up diplomatic troubles between Tehran, Dakar and Banjul.

“There are many things I will not say on this subject. Diplomacy does not happen in broad daylight,” Senegal’s Foreign Minister Madicke Niang told reporters in Dakar last week.

The arms cache mystery, which has strained international diplomatic ties, began in July when a ship belonging to the French group CMA-CGM docked in Lagos, Nigeria, offloading containers loaded in Iran’s Bandar Abbas port.

Officially, the shipment contained construction material, but customs discovered at least 10 containers holding grenades, mortars and heavy weapons ammunition.

The trader designated by CMA-CGM as the sender, Iranian businessman Azim Aghajani, took refuge at Iran’s embassy in Abuja but was charged along with three Nigerians on November 25 for trafficking illegal arms.

According to Nigeria, Aghajani is also a member of Iran’s ideological army, the Revolutionary Guards.

Iran’s former foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki — who was fired last week while on a trip to Senegal — initially said the arms shipment was from a “private company” selling weapons to a West African country, and was only transiting through Nigeria.

Different sources identified this country as Gambia, the smallest nation on the African continent, which is wedged into Senegal.

However the mystery arms cache has continued to have diplomatic repercussions, which began when Gambia announced on November 22 it was cutting all ties with Iran and ordered diplomats to leave the country.

On December 14, Dakar recalled its ambassador to Tehran.

“We were told that these are private Iranians (who organized the arms operation) but this cannot be done without the knowledge of an organised state,” said Niang.


Nigeria charges an Iranian and three others in arms shipment case

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on November 27, 2010

An Iranian and three Nigerians have been charged with arms trafficking in connection with last month’s seizure of a large illegal arms shipment.

The charged Iranian, Azim Adhajani, is a member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps and was identified as a businessman from Tehran.

Along with the Nigerian nationals, he was charged with exporting the illegal shipment to Banjul, Gambia, which began with last month’s seizure of 13 containers full of heavy weapons.

Nigeria’s secret service found rocket launchers, grenades and other explosives which were camouflaged as building material. They were seized in the Nigerian port of Lagos after being unloaded from an Iranian ship.

According to officials, eight camouflaged trucks and various pieces of military equipment were found hidden in a vehicle, but details of the shipment or operation were not immediately disclosed.

“Items include pistols, hundreds of ammunition, bullet proof jackets, military boots and other related prohibited items,” a spokesman for the Nigerian navy said. “Similarly, 8 heavy duty trucks painted in military camouflage were also impounded.”

Recently a massive drug seizure by Nigerian authorities yielded $9.9 million in high-grade heroin bound for Europe, Nigeria’s National Drug Law Enforcement Agency said.

The shipment was seized in the Apapa port in Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city. It was not clear when the seizure was carried out.

CNN: Guns and drugs shipped from Iran seized in Nigeria

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on November 24, 2010

Iran’s regime will to explore other regions

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on November 24, 2010

Gambia’s President Yaya Jammeh severed ties with Iran and ordered diplomats out of the West African nation, his press officer said, a week after a shipment of Iranian arms destined for the country was seized in Nigeria.

The decision by the Gambian government was “directly linked” to the arms shipment, Agence France-Presse reported, citing an unidentified official in the Gambian presidency. Seydi Mahamadou, press officer for Gambian President, said in a phone interview today from the capital, Banjul, that he didn’t know the reason for the decision.

The weapons shipment, which included small-arms ammunition, mortars and rockets, may have been destined for separatists in the southern Casamance region of neighboring Senegal, Strategic Forecasting Inc., the Austin, Texas-based intelligence group, said in an e-mailed note today.

Recently Afghan police also said they had seized 22 tons of explosives stashed in boxes marked “food, toys and kitchenware” that were imported from neighboring Iran.

Police Chief Abdul Jabar Purdel said a suspect was detained after the devices were discovered in 337 boxes in a 40-foot shipping container moved from Iran into Afghanistan over a bridge connecting the two countries, CNN reported.

High-grade heroin was bound for Europe

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on November 21, 2010

A massive drug seizure by Nigerian authorities yielded $9.9 million in high-grade heroin bound for Europe, Nigeria’s National Drug Law Enforcement Agency said Saturday.

The agency credited intelligence from the United States in helping intercept the shipment, found hidden among auto parts on a container aboard a vessel that originated in Iran.

“We sincerely appreciate the partnership with the United States as it is empowering our drug control capacity,” said Ahmadu Giade, the chairman and chief executive of the drug agency.

“The relationship has been mutually beneficial and it will be further consolidated as we plan to vitiate more drug trafficking networks globally. International partnership is crucial in winning the war against narcotics,” he said.

The shipment was seized in the Apapa port in Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city. It was not clear when the seizure was carried out.

Some arrests were made, the agency said in a statement Friday, though it did not provide any details.

Last month, Nigeria’s security service said it had seized 13 shipping containers filled with illegal weapons, including rockets, grenades and bullets — believed also to have come from Iran.

Nigeria reported Iran to the U.N. Security Council after the arms seizure.

These evidences show that Iran’s regime is systematically involving in Drug Traffic to Europe and supplying weapons to terrorists.

Dispatch: Nigeria Taking Iran to the UN Security Council?

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on November 16, 2010

Analyst Mark Schroeder examines the timing of Nigeria possibly bringing Iran to the U.N. Security Council over a weapons shipment intercepted by Nigerian authorities at the port of Lagos.

CNN: Seized weapons in Nigeria came from Iran

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on October 31, 2010

The shipping containers filled with illegal weapons seized in Lagos, Nigeria, earlier this week came from Iran, a leading global shipping company said Saturday.

Islamic Republic, Roaming in Africa

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on October 30, 2010

Iranian Majlis (Parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani said that Iran’s policy towards establishing relations with African countries is strategic, local satellite Press TV reported on Friday.

Larijani lauded the progress achieved in ties between Iran and Africa, adding “the Islamic Republic’s strategy toward African countries is to help them develop and progress and do away with the remaining impacts of colonialism.”

He called for a joint investment plan to boost cooperation between the two countries in different sectors, including energy, mining and pharmaceutical venues, according to Press TV.

For his part, the Kenyan speaker hailed his country’s ties with the Islamic Republic and expressed Nairobi’s willingness to expand mutual cooperation with Tehran in a variety of areas, including technology and industry, according to the report.

Kenneth Marende praised Iran’s technological and industrial advances, which he said would help Kenya on its path to progress.

On Thursday, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, who was visiting Burkina Faso, said in Ouagadougou that the Islamic Republic has placed a high premium on ties with Africa as part of its foreign policy approach, according to Press TV.

Mottaki also called for the activation of joint trade and economic commissions and expansion of cooperation on a variety of areas such as trade, agriculture, mining, energy, culture and science between the two nations, said the report.

Guess what?! Kenya also is pursuing the Nuclear Electricity Project, a plan to make Kenya an atomic power producer. The main problem we may face is in mining activities which may goes toward mining Uranium Ore and extracting the fissile materials from it, the same procedure Iran use currently also to make Yellowcake. Ambiguity is not just about Iran- Kenya relationship only; there are more Iranian partners in Africa which can access the Uranium Ore.

When Saddam Hossein was pursing nuclear capabilities, he’d tried to buy uranium Yellowcake from Africa (Niger).

Islamic Republic crosses The Line

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on October 29, 2010

Nigerian authorities seized 13 containers of Iranian weapons Israeli officials believed were to be smuggled to Hamas in Gaza, authorities said.

Nigeria’s secret service announced rocket launchers, grenades and explosives camouflaged as building materials were seized at the port of Lagos after they were unloaded from an Iranian ship, the Haaretz daily reported Thursday.

After unloading the weapons, the ship left the port, the Israeli newspaper said.

“On opening the first container, the service operatives discovered rocket launchers, grenades and other explosives,” Nigerian State Security Service spokeswoman Marilyn Ogar said. The paper said the Nigerian authorities had received intelligence concerning the ship’s cargo before it docked at the port.

The clearing agent in charge of unloading containers reportedly offered to bribe Nigerian customs officials to transfer the containers to a terminal for screening outside the port, the Israeli daily quoted Nigeria media reports saying.

Recently Afghan police said they had seized 22 tons of explosives stashed in boxes marked “food, toys and kitchenware” that were reportedly imported from neighboring Iran.

The discovery was made in a customs office in the western province of Nimroz on the Iranian border, deputy provincial police chief Mohammad Musa Rasouli told the AFP.

“We found these materials hidden in a 40 foot shipping container that had come from Iran. The explosives were disguised as merchandise like food, toys and kitchenware,” he said.

Iranian agents trained, armed and directed death squads in Iraq with the aim of killing senior Iraqi politicians and undermining British and US troops’ operations, according to military intelligence reports in the war logs that the Guardian has examined.

Iranian-supplied rockets containing “neuroparalytic” agents that are designed to incapacitate their victims while another warns that an armored vehicle containing chemical gas is being prepared for a large-scale offensive, backed with multiple rocket launches, against the Green Zone in Baghdad where the US and British embassies and the main Iraqi government buildings are situated.

These are just a few of them that I approached here but it is only the top of the iceberg.

Bin Laden blames French policy for Niger kidnappings

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on October 28, 2010

From France24