Covert shenanigans in Africa. The “usual suspects” are involved.
Our intelligence sources in Africa report that the recent rebellion in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by forces loyal to Jean-Pierre Bemba, the warlord who was defeated in the recent presidential election by current President Joseph Kabila, was supported by U.S. and other Western intelligence services. At least 600 people died in the violence in Congo, which was mainly centered in the capital of Kinshasa. Bemba, the leader of the Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC), took refuse in the embassy of South Africa after his rebellion was put down by the national army. Congo’s prosecutor general has indicted Bemba for treason and inciting rebellion. A search of MLC storage facilities revealed that Bemba’s supporters had been wearing new uniforms of the Congolese National Army to commit atrocities in Kinshasa that would later be blamed on Kabila.
Bemba’s asylum in the South African embassy is interesting considering what out sources have told us about South Africa’s role in the Bemba rebellion. On March 23, 2007, a massive explosion destroyed a Soviet-built warehouse in the Mozambican capital of Maputo. Over 150 people were killed in the explosion and hundreds were wounded. Debris from the explosion was found up to 1 kilometer away from the scene. The explosion was officially blamed on high temperatures in Maputo (93 Fahrenheit — not unusually hot for the Mozambican capital). However, our sources report that the explosion was set off deliberately by South African mercenaries who had been stealing weapons from the warehouse, including armored-piercing shells, for use in the Bemba coup attempt in Congo and a planned Improvised Explosion Device (IED) assassination attempt against Zimbabwe’s embattled President Robert Mugabe. The arms had been warehoused after truce between warring factions in the long Mozambican civil war.
Our intelligence sources report that before the explosion, four ex-members of the South African Defense Force, including two pilots, infiltrated Maputo and blew up the arms warehouse after they removed weapons for transport to Zimbabwe and Congo via Zambia. Two of the South Africans have allegedly been linked to the South African mercenary firm Erinys, Ltd. The firm has been contracted to the U.S. occupation forces in Iraq through SASI, a US subcontractor of Erinys Iraq, which, itself, is linked to Ahmad Chalabi and Nour USA Ltd., a firm based in northern Virginia.
The theft of weapons from arms warehouses in countries that collect such arms in post-civil war buy back programs and then blowing up the warehouses to cover up the thefts is not limited to Mozambique. WMR discovered in Cambodia a similar incident. On March 2, WMR reported on a series of warehouses in Cambodia collecting bought-back weapons from ex-members of the Khmer Rouge that have also been targeted by international arms smugglers: “Storage facilities with so-called ‘enhanced security’ were constructed in Phnom Penh (several facilities), Battambang, Pailin, Banteay Meanchey, Siem Reap, Banteay Srei, Preah Vihear, and Kampong Thom. The suspicions about Israeli involvement in smuggling stored Khmer Rouge and other weapons were heightened in 1999 after a mysterious fire destroyed the Cambodian military weapons storage facility at the Ream Naval Base near Sihanoukville. According to a New Zealand intelligence officer in Cambodia, the depot was destroyed by an Israeli squad after it was revealed they were smuggling weapons from the facility to guerrilla groups throughout Southeast Asia, including the small “Free Vietnam Movement” battling Vietnam’s central government and Hmong guerrillas battling Laotian government forces. The Vietnamese became even more suspicious about the role of the depot after weapons from the Ream warehouse were seized by Cambodian and Vietnamese police at the Bavet border checkpoint. The weapons were destined for guerrillas of the Free Vietnam Movement. WMR visited Phnom Penh, Cambodia and discovered that the Mossad and Cambodian criminal syndicate allies continue to obtain bought-back Cambodian weapons from Cambodian government warehouses and are selling them to guerrilla groups throughout Asia, including Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers, anti-Laotian Hmongs, the small anti-communist Free Vietnam Movement, and Burmese tribal guerrilla groups.”
WMR has learned from African intelligence sources that Israeli intelligence assets were also involved in the transfer of weapons from the Maputo arms warehouse to Zimbabwe and the DRC.
Note: A US State Department source has informed us that an Indian general recently confirmed our earlier report about the smuggling of arms by Israeli intelligence assets from Cambodia to the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka. Wayne Madsen