Portrait of ex-spy said to be “close with militant Islamists”

Alastair Crooke

Alastair Crooke

By IAN ALLEN | intelNews.org |
Writing for Mother Jones magazine, David Samuels presents an interesting portrait of Alastair Crooke, a former British intelligence agent who brokered deals with the Irish Republican Army, funneled arms to the mujahideen in Afghanistan, spent time with rebel groups in the jungles of Colombia, and later served as British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s eyes and ears in the Middle East. In late 2003, after three decades as an MI6 field officer, he was called home and, in classic British bureaucratic fashion, given a royal honor for his service and then fired from his job. It was rumored in London and in Jerusalem that Crooke had alienated the British prime minister by becoming too closely affiliated with militant Islamists. He now appears to be working with Conflicts Forum, a Beirut-based group that he helped found, that hosts conferences and other events under the slogan “Listening to Political Islam, Recognizing Resistance”. But the group’s most influential function, says Samuels, is to give Western diplomats and intelligence officials the chance to meet unofficially with representatives of Iran-backed groups, such as Hamas and Hezbollah, that are blacklisted by Western governments.

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2 Responses to Portrait of ex-spy said to be “close with militant Islamists”

  1. fred lapides says:

    Meeting with those two groups will doubtless get them to change their position on Israel.

  2. Hope Israel Waits to see if There are any Positive Results before taking any Action, when they[Iranians] do, maybe it won’t be a Nuclear Holocaust! If not The End seems a Little Bit Eminent. Volunteer Intelligence

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