Hezbollah’s links with Irish terror group exposed

British and Irish security services suspect the New IRA’s links may have led to an importation of arms. (File/Shutterstock)
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Updated 13 September 2020

Hezbollah’s links with Irish terror group exposed

  • New IRA suspected of procuring weapons during visit to Lebanon
  • Hezbollah has fostered ties with terror groups regionally, internationally

LONDON: Hezbollah provided the New IRA with finances and shipments of weapons, according to an undercover agent who infiltrated the Irish terror group.
Former British secret service operative Denis McFadden made the assessment after spying on the New IRA from within for more than 20 years.
Irish and British security services suspect that the New IRA’s links with Iran-backed Hezbollah may have led to the import of arms including mortars and assault rifles.
MI5 agent McFadden is now in witness protection after his work led to the arrest of 10 people in Northern Ireland on terrorism-related charges.
His operation found that Hezbollah and the New IRA opened communications around 2017. Members of the New IRA then traveled to Lebanon in 2018 to meet with Hezbollah representatives, where British security services suspect they procured the weapons.
Saoradh, the political wing of the New IRA, has been a long-time supporter of Iran, Hezbollah’s key international ally and patron.
In the aftermath of the US killing of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani in January this year, Saoradh representatives signed a book of condolences at the Iranian Embassy in Dublin.
Hezbollah is known to have fostered relationships with terrorist organizations and criminal groups across the Middle East and further afield.
The Counter Extremism Project notes Hezbollah’s extensive cooperation over the smuggling of “people and contraband” into the US with Mexican drug cartels, and their profiting off the Colombian cocaine trade.
Hezbollah also maintained a relationship with Spanish terror group Eta until it was disbanded.


Oman tells shoppers to cover knees and shoulders in malls or face jail

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Oman tells shoppers to cover knees and shoulders in malls or face jail

  • An official said wearing a veil is not mandatory “because of multiculturalism, ideologies, and religious tolerance.”
  • The new restrictions come amid rising complaints of public indecency in shops and malls in Oman

DUBAI: Shoppers in Oman’s malls face jail and fines if they breach new decency laws, national daily Times of Oman reported.

Men and women who expose their shoulders, knees or chest could face fines of up to $780 and jail terms of no more than three months.

The new restrictions come amid rising complaints of public indecency in shops and malls in Oman, apply to all people, local, resident, tourist or otherwise.
 
“The terms of dressing modestly have not been specified in great detail, but must include covering the body from the shoulder to below the knee,” Qais bin Mohammed Al-Ma’shari, the chairman of the Public Affairs Committee of the Municipal Council in the Governorate of Muscat, said.
 
He added people’s clothes must “properly cover required parts of the body, should not be revealing, and not having any sensitive drawings or illustrations on them.”
 
Al-Ma’shari however clarified wearing a veil is not mandatory “because of multiculturalism, ideologies, and religious tolerance.”
 
The recommendations will be discussed by the Municipal Council next month, and will only be in effect after an approval from the Minister of the Diwan of the Royal Court.