Week of May 6, 2003

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Dossier: Firas Tlas
POWERFUL ARMS DEALER WAS KEY TO ASSAD-SADDAM ALLIANCE

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Compiled by Bill Gertz

Italians confirm existence of Russian mole

Documents from Iraq's intelligence service reveal that Russia's foreign intelligence service has planted a penetration agent inside the Italian government, U.S. officials said.

The mole's existence was confirmed after the British press published a document identifying conversations between Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Nicolo Pollari, head of Italy's Intelligence and Military Security Service [SISMI], revealed the information to Italy's parliament last month after the document appeared in London's Daily Telegraph.

Pollari disclosed that SISMI had been searching for a mole in the Italian government since the 1992 defection to Britain of Vasili Mitrokhin, the KGB archivist who revealed information on KGB and Russian espionage operations in the West. Pollari identified the Italian mole as "Il Verme," or the Worm, a penetration agent who spied for the KGB, and continued to work for its successor service, the SVR.

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Iranian infiltrators target 11 Iraqi cities;
Israelis call campaign 'massive'

Some 2,000 Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and Islamic shock troops have entered Iraq and are seeking to control 11 Iraqi cities. The infiltrators included fighters, clerics and students from the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq [SCIRI] and Al-Da'wah Party. The IRGC intelligence service was able to deploy the forces from unguarded areas of the Iran-Iraq border near Al-Kut and Al-Amarah.

Shi'ite clerics demand post-Saddam Iraq be modeled after Iran
An Iraqi Shi'ite sheikh takes part in a demonstration in Baghdad on April 28 in front of U.S. troops calling for their religious leaders from Najaf, south of the capital, to be represented at a political conference,. REUTERS/Akram Saleh

Al Qaida agents in Saudi military pose threat to U.S. forces

North Korea moves jets to target U.S. reconnaissance planes

AU.S. troops using Palm Pilot-sized 'phraselators' to communicate in Iraq, Afghanistan



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