Iraqi agents planned to bomb US radio station, claim Czech spies


RFE old Prague HQ

Czech counterintelligence officials have alleged that Iraqi agents planned in 2000 to attack the Prague headquarters of US government-funded radio station broadcasting to Iraq, among other countries. Intelligence observers may remember that, in April of 2001, the Czech government expelled Iraqi diplomat Ahmed Khalil Ibrahim Samir al-Ani Ibrahi, who was caught photographing the headquarters of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). RFE/RL is a radio station established by the US government during the Cold War, to broadcast anti-communist messages to Eastern Europe. It began broadcasting to Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries in 1998. Now Jan Subert, a representative of the Czech Security Information Service (BIS), has alleged that Ibrahi’s expulsion was connected to a secret plan by Iraqi agents to silence RFE/RL’s Iraqi program by attacking the station with rocket-propelled grenades, hand grenades and machine guns, from an apartment building across the street from RFE/RL’s downtown Prague headquarters. But the case was foiled by BIS, said Subert, through “a source inside the Iraqi embassy”. Commenting on Subert’s allegations, RFE/RL did not dispute them, but mentioned BIS’ somewhat unreliable record when it comes to Iraqi intelligence activities in the Czech Republic, and questioned “why the Czechs waited until now to reveal the plot”. A good question, indeed.

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