Thursday, May 15, 2003


A few days ago I noted the story of the failed search for a seventh-century Talmud in Iraq which led to the discovery of important intelligence documents. Here's more on those documents:

Report: Romanian intelligence foiled attack on Israeli target (Ha'aretz)

By Yossi Melman and Amos Harel, Haaretz Correspondents, and DPA

BUCHAREST - Romanian intelligence agency SRI has reported that terrorists and staff at the Iraqi embassy in Bucharest had planned to attack Israeli and Western targets in Romania before the Iraq war, the Romanian news agency Rompres said Thursday.

Last week, The New York Times reported that American troops in Baghdad found a collection of Iraqi intelligence documents related to Israel, including maps of terrorist strikes against Israel over the last 12 years, a satellite picture of the Dimona nuclear reactor and detailed mock-ups of the Knesset, downtown Jerusalem and other official Israeli buildings.

SRI claimed that, in cooperation with foreign partner intelligence agencies, it had prevented the terrorists' plans. The terrorists would have used AG 7 grenade-launchers, which were to be supplied by a colleague employed as a spy by the Iraqi embassy.

The existence of these plans had been confirmed by documents found by coalition forces searching the information ministry in Baghdad after the fighting had ended.


Soldiers from the MET Alpha unit, the "mobile exploitation team" responsible for the search for nonconventional weapons, discovered the documents in a flooded Baghdad basement while in pursuit of an unusual quarry: a copy of the Talmud said to date from the seventh century, which would make it one of the oldest Talmuds in existence.


I guess they still haven't found that Talmud.

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