Netanyahu Reveals Proof of Iranian Nuclear Program Officials Warn of Hezbollah Threat to the Homeland
May 5, 2018
On April 30, the following related Flash SMS messages were sent to AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:
4/30 – Israeli PM Netanyahu media statement @ 1:00 PM ET to reveal “dramatic” info re Iran’s nuclear program. Will speak in English. See email for more info.
4/30 – Security increasing at Israeli embassies, synagogues, Jewish community centers & schools worldwide over poss of expanded mil conflict. AlertsUSA monitoring..
4/30 – Press briefing by Israeli PM Netanyahu can be viewed live via the following link: https://www.i24news.tv/en/tv/live . Link also sent via email.
What You Need To Know
On eight occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices regarding safety and security matters. Most important for this report, on Monday, subscribers were informed of a briefing to be made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu within which he presented a cache of 55,000 pages of documents and 183 CDs acquired during a daring Mossad’s operation in Tehran this past February. Described by senior Israeli officials as “the largest intelligence operation in a generation,” the documents and CD’s contained a treasure trove of information proving that Iran had for years been engaged in a secret nuclear weapons program.
Known as Project Amad, the mission statement of the program was to “design, produce and test five warheads, each with ten kiloton yield for integration on a missile.”
The cache — containing tens of thousands of pages weighing a collective half ton — was snatched by Mossad agents in a single night from a warehouse in a suburb south of Tehran, transported via trucks into Azerbaijan, and then flown to Israel.
According to Netanyahu, “Iran lied about never having a secret nuclear program. Secondly, even after the [2015 nuclear] deal, it continued to expand its nuclear program for future use. Thirdly, Iran lied by not coming clean to the IAEA,” adding that, “the nuclear deal is based on lies based on Iranian deception.”
Why is any of this of importance to AlertsUSA subscribers?
In 2015, Tehran signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, with China, France, Germany, Russia, Britain, and the United States. The deal restricts certain Iranian nuclear activities for periods between 10 to 25 years and allows for more intrusive, permanent monitoring. It also forbids Iran from pursuing nuclear weapons in the future. In exchange, Iran was relieved of crippling economic sanctions.
By law, President Trump must report to Congress every 90 days on whether Iran is complying with the deal, and if it’s in the U.S. national security interest to continue sanctions relief. In addition, the deal the President to periodically waive oil and banking sanctions — so-called “secondary sanctions” — that the agreement lifted. The next deadline for President Trump to waive the secondary sanctions is May 12.
When the President last waived sanctions on January 12, he warned it was “a last chance” to fix the deal’s “terrible flaws” through additional measures. “In the absence of such an agreement,” the President stated that “the United States will not again waive sanctions in order to stay in the Iran nuclear deal.”
The flaws in the deal of concern to the President, the intelligence community and the Defense Department include literally no provisions whatsoever for limiting Iran’s long-range missile program, the inability of international weapons inspectors to have access to Iranian military sites, as well as “sunset provisions,” which allow certain restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program to expire, rather than last indefinitely.
If President Trump does not act by that date, sanctions would resume on Iran’s oil and banking sectors. In response, Iran could retaliate in a variety of ways ranging from undermining the efforts of Washington and its allies throughout the Middle East, including in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, as well terrorist attacks against the U.S. citizens and interests worldwide, including here at home.
On Tursday, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the Islamic Republic reserves the right to respond should the US, as a party to the 2015 nuclear deal, withdraw from the agreement.
And if you think Iran-backed strikes on the homeland are far-fetched, think again.
According to Rep. Peter King (R., N.Y.), a member of the House Homeland Security Committee and chair of the subcommittee on counterterrorism and intelligence, there is mounting evidence that Iran in fact poses a “direct threat to the homeland.”
During Congressional hearings less than three weeks ago, Representative King stated a chief concern is “Iranian support for Hezbollah, which is active in the Middle East, Latin America, and here in the U.S., where Hezbollah operatives have been arrested,” referring the recent apprehension of two individuals plotting terror attacks in New York City and Michigan.
Intelligence officials and former White House officials confirmed to Congress on April 17, 2018, that “Iranian agents tied to the terror group Hezbollah has already been discovered in the United States,” and that it would be “relatively easy” for Iran to use its proxies to carry out attacks in the U.S.
During the same hearings, Michael Pregent, an adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute, a Washington D.C.-based think tank, and former U.S. Army intelligence officer, told the U.S. Congress that Hezbollah was “as good or better at explosive devices than the Islamic State,” “better at assassinations and developing assassination cells,” and “better at targeting.“
Readers are reminded that last week, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called for all Muslim nations to “stand united against America and other enemies.” Speaking on state television, Khamenei called on the Muslim world to unite against America and “other domineering powers.”
Additionally, readers are again reminded that the State Department’s annual “Country Reports on Terrorism” continues to list Iran as the world’s “foremost” state sponsor of terrorism.
Once again, AlertsUSA cautions readers that we are now entering into the warmer months which typically heralds an increased tempo of terrorist attacks in Western nations. Then there is the Muslim holy month of Ramadan which begins Tues, May 15. As previously reported by AlertsUSA, Ramadan is typically marked by scores of terrorist attacks. Last year, Ramadan terror attacks were carried out in the United States, multiple locations in Europe, Russia, Australia, Iraq, Syria, Iran, and the Philippines.
Vigilance and increased personal security awareness are urged.
AlertsUSA continues to monitor the domestic and international threat environment and will immediately notify service subscribers, via SMS messages, of new alerts, warnings and advisories or any developments which signal a change the overall threat picture for American citizens as events warrant.
OTHER SMS ALERTS FROM THIS WEEK
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5/1 – AlertsUSA Reminder: Today is May Day (Int’l Workers’ Day). Demonstrations & protests are planned for cities across the US & Canada. See email for more info.
5/2 – DoD orders global ban on phones & telecom gear by Chinese mfrs Huawei & ZTE over capacity to “steal info and conduct undetected espionage.” See email.
5/3 – Reports of shots fired, Opry Mills Mall in Nashville. At least one casualty rptd. Heavy police presence, avoid the area. Add’l alerts as warranted.
5/3 – Nashville PD report 4 people have been shot inside the Opry Mills Mall. Nearby businesses and schools on lockdown. AlertsUSA monitoring..
5/3 – Nashville PD revises casualty count in Opry Mills Mall incident to one dead male, other minor injuries resulting from evacuation. Shooter in custody.
5/5 – Multiple stabbing incident on the Johanna Westerdijkplein in The Hague. Attacker rptd to be shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ prior to being shot by police. Monitoring..
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May 5, 2018
Ex-ISIS Jihadi: Group Will Retool & Return With “Obsession” for US
Belgium native Hamza Nmeie, 27, claims, “Another group will come.” Hamza cautioned that fighters disgruntled with ISIS commanders were already in the process of planning breakaway terror groups before the fall of Raqqa, the so-called caliphate capital. A central tenet of ISIS’s brainwashing of new followers is its singular focus on the United States, Hamza said, in what he described as an “obsession” with America. Read more here.
Russia Starts Advanced Construction on New Iranian Nuke Plant
Russia has begun advanced construction on a new Iranian nuclear plant that could provide Tehran with a second, plutonium-based pathway to a nuclear weapon, according to regional reports that have rattled U.S. officials in the wake of a major disclosure showing Iran lied about its past efforts to construct nuclear warheads. Read more here.
Plano, Texas arrested in ISIS-inspired plot to commit mass shooting
A Texas high school student has been arrested on suspicion of plotting an ISIS-inspired mass shooting at Frisco’s Stonebriar Centre mall, authorities announced Wednesday. Matin Azizi-Yarand, 17, faces charges of making a terroristic threat and criminal solicitation of capital murder of a Texas peace officer. Authorities say Azizi-Yarand planned to carry out the attack in mid-May with other participants. He had sent more than $1,400 to others to buy weapons and tactical gear, they allege, and had written a “Message to America” explaining his reasons for the attack. Read more here.
U.S. Asks Foreign Airports to Strengthen Electronics Screening
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) wants foreign airports to tighten screening of U.S.-bound passengers’ carry-on electronics and adopt U.S. domestic security procedures instituted last year, according to officials and a memo to foreign airports. Amid growing concerns about the possibility of hidden explosives, TSA began stricter scrutiny of electronic devices by U.S. travelers last summer. Read more here.
Islamists with Ties to Terror Lobby Congress
For the past three years, Islamists with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and terrorist groups have come to Capitol Hill to lobby members of Congress on National Muslim Advocacy Day, an annual event organized by Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO). Last year, according to the Muslim Advocacy Day website, almost 400 participants visited congressional offices. Read more here.
Forget North Korea: The Real War Threat In Asia is over Taiwan
Chinese President Xi Jinping, in a highly-charged speech before the National People’s Congress, warned that Beijing was ready to fight its enemies in a “bloody battle” to regain its past glory and preserve its empire. Subsequently, an editorial in the Global Times, a state-owned but unofficial outlet for ideas that Beijing wishes to float for reaction, said China must prepare for a “direct military clash in the Taiwan Straits”. These are not just words. Read more here.
World News Roundup
May 5, 2018
Other Developments We Are Following
Trump: We’ve got a time and place for my summit with Kim Jong Un
With an eye on Russia, U.S. Navy re-establishing its Second Fleet
White House denies report about troop drawdown in South Korea
Mattis hints at new Navy aircraft carrier strategy to throw off Russia and China
N.S.A. Triples Collection of Data From U.S. Phone Companies
Citi: U.S. To Become World’s Top Oil Exporter
Air Force: Next-generation B-21 bomber headed to 3 bases
Here’s the latest on America’s next supercarriers
Marine Corps to Fly Osprey to 2060 – Preps Aircraft for Future Wars
Trump’s Afghanistan strategy stymied by vetting of local troops
Mounting economic chaos leaves many Venezuelans in the dark
Argentina raises interest rates to 40%
Pirates ‘massacre’ Guyana fishermen off Suriname coast.
Volcano erupts near homes in Hawaii causing evacuation of residents.
Are NBC and CNN Paying Off Top Spies Who Leaked Info With On-Air Jobs?
Outrage among Muslims over French call for deletion of Koran verses
1 in 10 German military pilots lost helicopter licenses for lack of flight time
Will Germany and France Develop Europe’s First Stealth Fighter?
Russia sees closer Iran ties if U.S. exits nuclear deal: official
Peacemakers mark end of violent Basque separatist group ETA
Advanced Kalashnikov assault rifles accepted for service in Russian troops
As Greek islands heave under influx, refugees turn to old river route
Russia says detains five Islamic State members planning attack
Alleged Isis supporter denies plotting to assassinate Theresa May
UK’s push to strengthen anti-Russia alliance
Germany vows to take tougher stance on migrant deportations
What could Iran do if Trump pulls out of nuclear deal?
US commandos help Saudis against Yemen rebels: report
The Iran-Israel Clash Is Inevitable and Coming Soon
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas re-elected as chairman of PLO
How Putin’s Syria Gambit Could End With Israel Revealing Its Military Superiority
Why Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey Are Battling Over Somalia
Despite Iran’s Threats, Israeli Army Pushes Aggressive Line
Iran vows not to renegotiate as Trump’s decision on nuke deal’s future looms
US, French troops seen conducting joint patrol in Manbij, Syria
Pentagon blows deadline to pry Iraq off US military aid
Syria rebels lay down arms under Homs withdrawal deal
U.S. freezes funding for Syria’s “White Helmets”
Palestinians gather for more protests along Gaza border
Burundi to ban BBC and VOA broadcasts
US Accuses China of Pointing Lasers at Its Pilots Over Djibouti
How China’s military has zeroed in on laser technology
China threatens Taiwan, but how far will Beijing go?
US, China in talks over THAAD withdrawal from S. Korea
Cheong Wa Dae says U.S. Forces Korea will stay even after peace treaty
What’s Behind China’s Alleged Missile Deployment in the Pacific?
China ‘deploys missiles’ in S. China Sea, US, AUS warn of consequences
Philippines ‘confident’ Chinese missiles ‘not directed at us’
No prisoner swap for bin Laden hunt doctor, says Pakistan
Afghanistan’s first female military pilot granted asylum in US death threats
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