[Diary of a Vengeance Foretold] Part 174
DECEMBER 23 1988
“The PFLP-GC has returned to conducting terrorist attacks outside the Middle East. This trend began in August 1987 with an attack on a train in West Germany which the terrorists apparently believed was a duty train. In December 1988, Jibril conducted his first major international terrorist act since 1969, the bombing of Pan Am 103. At the same time, Jibril has maintained his militia force, supported Syrian military initiatives in Lebanon, and attacked Israel targets in Israel and Lebanon”
DIA Document declassified
US intelligence agencies know that, a couple of days after the downing of Iran Flight 665, Ahmed Jibril contacted Hussein Niknam to offer his services to Tehran regarding a vengeance operation against US assets in Europe.
Niknam was the Iranian charge d’affaires at the Iranian embassy in Beirut. Representatives of Iran Revolutionary Guards were ordered to act as liaison between Tehran officials and Ahmed Jibril.
A DIA memo asserts that:
“The operation was contracted to Ahmad Jibril for $1 million.”
The remainder was to be paid after successful completion of the mission. The operation was codenamed INTEKAM, which means just vengeance.
On Dec 23 1988, just two days after the downing of Pan Am 103, Israeli intelligence intercepted a phone call from Mohtashemi-Pur, the Interior Ministry in Teheran, to Hussein Niknam.
During the conversation, Niknam was congratulated for the “successful operation” and was told to hand over to the PFLP-GC the remaining funds.
The transaction – US$ 10 millions — is evidenced by a credit to a bank in Lausanne, Switzerland, and that the payment was moved from there to another PFLP-GC account at the Banque Nationale de Paris, and thence to the Hungarian development bank.
A NSA report, written during the 1991 Persian Gulf War, states:
“Mohtashemi is closely connected with the Al Abas and Abu Nidal terrorist groups. He has recently paid 10 million dollars in cash and gold to these two organizations to carry out terrorist activities and was the one who paid the same amount to bomb Pan Am flight 103 in retaliation for the US shoot-down of the Iranian airbus.”
In a phone interview conducted in French earlier this year (2008), former Iran President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr told me that in the aftermath of the Lockerbie tragedy Mohtashemi-Pur had claimed that he had personally ordered the bombing of Pan Am 103.
When Dalkamoni was arrested on Nov. 26 during Operation Autumn Leaves, the Paris account number was found in his possession. Interestingly, Dalkamoni was in possession of a genuine, yet special, Syrian passport which clearly indicates the involvement of Damascus.
In the aftermath of the bombing of Pan Am 103, Jibril had a champagne party during which he proudly declared:
“The Americans will never find out how I did it.”
In a meeting held in Tehran in May 89, Jibril proudly acknowledged to leaders of various Middle East Terrorism organizations that his group was responsible for the bombing of Pan Am 103.
Abu Talb received half a US million dollars. Talb was officially honored by the government of Iran. The citation praises him for the greatest attack ever conducted against the west.
The US $500,000 was transferred on April 25 1989 to the Degussa bank of Frankfurt and deposited on the account of Talb. In his agenda, Talb had circled the date of the Lockerbie bombing. In his apartment, police found clothes bought in Malta.
Back from his trip to Cyprus — where he met Dalkamoni — in early October, Talb shaved his head and renamed himself Abu Intekam. When asked if he considered himself a terrorist, Talb replied:
“If killing for the Palestinian cause is terrorism, I am the greatest terrorist of all.”
Like Abu Talb, Dalkamoni and his accomplice Abdel Ghadanfar were never charged for conspiracy to bomb airliners in spite of overwhelming evidence against them.
They were convicted for the bombing of two trains in Germany. Dalkamoni and Ghadanfar were sentenced to 14 and 12 years in jail. Neither served their sentences. Tehran secretly negotiated their release from Germany. Both returned to Syria after serving just a few months in prison.
CIA asset Marwan Khreesat was never charged for building bombs in Frankfurt during October. Nor was he ever indicted for the murder of a German officer who attempted to disable one of them.
Abu Elias was never arrested. (Elias is rumored to live in the Washington DC area.) The Heathrow break-in on the eve of the Lockerbie bombing was never investigated.
On Jan 11 2008, Dr Jim Swire told me what he suspects happened to Pan Am 103.
“I never doubted who ordered the bombing, why they did it and who supplied the technology.”
No one, in good faith, could.