Israeli soldiers providing Iraqi Kurds w/military training
Tue Sep 19, 2006 23:34

 
Israeli soldiers providing Kurds with military training: BBC
Turkish Press, MI - 1 hour ago
LONDON - Former Israeli commandos have been training Kurdish security forces in northern Iraq, the BBC reported on Tuesday, showing videos of the alleged ...
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Israeli soldiers providing Kurds with military training:
"Newsnight" also reported that an Israeli security firm called Interop and two Swiss-registered subsidiaries, Kudo and Colosium, were among the main contractors at Irbil airport, providing security fencing and communications equipment.

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Israeli soldiers providing Kurds with military training: BBC
Published: 9/19/2006
http://www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=142909

LONDON - Former Israeli commandos have been training Kurdish security forces in northern Iraq, the BBC reported on Tuesday, showing videos of the alleged training camps.

According to the broadcaster, over 2004 and 2005, the ex-commandos were giving training to Kurdish soldiers and left Iraq in 2005 when told by the Kurds that their location was compromised.

Israel apparently provided the training, along with quad bikes, communications equipment and security fencing through security companies.

The training covered airport security, the use of long rifles and pistols, shooting from behind doors and barricades, and how to identify a terrorist in a crowd, the broadcaster reported.

The BBC also reported that the total value of the training, and the associated equipment supplied, may have been as high as 150 million dollars (118 million euros).

Speaking to the broadcaster, an unidentified Israeli who took part in the training camps said: "Day by day, it's a bit tense, because you know where you are, and you know who you are, and there's always a chance that you'll get found out."

Spokesmen for the Israeli and Iraqi Kurdistan governments both denied having any knowledge of the training taking place.

According to the BBC, Israel is also conducting an inquiry into the issue.

The BBC's report is not the first time the issue has been raised -- the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Aharonot made similar allegations in December 2005, a charge the government of Iraqi Kurdistan denied.

At the time, the newspaper reported that, operating from a secret desert stronghold dubbed Code Z, former Israeli soldiers, all of whom have elite-unit experience, were training the Kurds in weapons, self-defence and anti-terror techniques.

As part of the programme, the Israeli firms had supplied the Kurds with tonnes of Israeli-manufactured equipment, including dozens of motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, sniffer dogs, devices for upgrading Kalashnikov rifles, flak jackets, uniforms and helmets, the paper said.

09/19/2006 22:40 GMT
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Israelis trained Kurdish troops in Iraq-BBC report
19 Sep 2006 21:51:58 GMT
Source: Reuters
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L1979854.htm

LONDON, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Former Israeli commandos secretly trained Kurdish soldiers in northern Iraq to protect a new international airport and in counter-terrorism operations, the BBC television reported on Tuesday.

Former Israeli special forces soldiers entered Iraq from Turkey in 2004 to train two groups of Kurdish troops, one of the former Israeli trainers told the BBC's "Newsnight" programme.

A spokesman for the Kurdistan regional government dismissed the Israeli ex-soldier's allegations, saying they were not new.

The former trainer, whose name was not disclosed, said Israeli soldiers trained Kurds to act as a security force for the new airport in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil.

They also trained more than 100 Kurdish "Pesh Merga" fighters for "special assignments" that included how to use rifles and how to shoot militants in a crowd, he said.

The former soldier said he believed Kurdish officials knew the trainers were Israelis although the troops did not.

"My part of the contract was to train the Kurdish security people for a big airport project and for training, as well as the Peshmerga, and the actual soldiers, the army," the former Israeli soldier told "Newsnight".

"You know, day by day it's a bit tense because you know where you are and you know who you are. And there's always a chance that you'll get revealed," he added.

Iraqi newspapers have reported that Israeli soldiers have trained Kurdish troops, but the Kurdish authorities deny allowing any Israelis into Iraq.

The Kurds' political enemies have long accused them of an alliance with Israel while Israel's critics suspect it wants to use the Kurdish region as a strategic base to get closer to its arch-enemy Iran.

Iraqi Kurdistan lies between Iran to the east and Turkey to the north-west. Both countries have significant Kurdish minorities and are worried about the prospecto f a Kurdish state emerging in northern Iraq.

"Newsnight" also reported that an Israeli security firm called Interop and two Swiss-registered subsidiaries, Kudo and Colosium, were among the main contractors at Irbil airport, providing security fencing and communications equipment.

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev told "Newsnight" that Israel had not authorised any firms to do defence work in Iraq. Companies would be prosecuted if police found they had broken export laws, he said.

Khaled Salih, a spokesman for the Kurdistan Regional Government, dismissed the former Israeli soldier's claims.

"These are not new allegations for us. Back in the Sixties and Seventies we were called 'the second Israel' in the region and we were supposed to be eliminated by Islamist nationalist and now Islamist groups," he told "Newsnight".

The former Israeli soldier said he trained Kurds in "anti-terror lessons...how to shoot first, how to identify a terrorist in a crowd. That's clearly special assignments.
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