North Korea Armed Terrorists in Philippines...MILF Ordered Mini Submarine
The Word Unheard out of the Philippines is that North Korea armed the Islamic terrorist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) with $2.2 million worth of M-16's (10,000), RPGs and ammunition (surely to include explosives).
Ten THOUSAND M-16s! That's a hell of a lot of M-16s. Not AK-47s. Why not AKs? That's the question. Are the MILF terrorists intent on becoming professional marksmen rather than lead-spreaders? It is more likely that the M-16s blend in better with the American-armed Philippino forces. The two weapons sound distinctly different when fired. If intelligent offensive tactics are employed in a frenzied urban or jungle firefight environment, this would be a valuable combat advantage.
Japan's largest selling daily newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun, reported from Jakarta, Indonesia, that Philippino officers discovered the information from documents seized in a November 2004 raid after being pressured by the US to step up efforts to combat militant Islamic terrorist groups in the Philippines. (It is sad commentary that it takes pressure from another nation for Philippino security to aggressively confront active terrorism within its own borders.)
The Al Qaida organization, with direct ties both to terrorist groups in Southeast Asia and to Mideast governments, urged the sale to the MILF, finding common cause with North Korea in their mutual hatred of the United States. Al Qaida operates in Southeast Asia under the aegis of Jemaah Islamiyah, which has been involved in some of the region's bloodiest acts of terrorism.
The North Korean arms sales to the MILF coincided with rising terrorism by Islamic guerrillas, inspired and in some cases directed by Al Qaida inside the Philippines. An Al Qaida operative was arrested in the Philippines last June on charges of bringing "donations" for the MILF from Al Qaida and other radical Islamic sources.
MILF had an order placed for a mini submarine from North Korea, but it has not yet been delivered. Apparently Western intelligence learned of the order and spooked North Korea enough to withhold delivery...at least to date.
The deal was engineered by Rim Kyu-Do, a North Korean authorized to negotiate contracts on behalf of his government, and Ghazali Jaafar, MILF vice chairman for political affairs. The MILF paid $1 million but still owes another $1.2 million in the deal.
Yomiuri said North Korea had also said it would send at least one mini-submarine to the MILF, but has yet to deliver.
The submarine was to have been of the same type that was caught in the nets of a South Korean fisherman off South Korea's east coast in July 1998 and then dragged into port, where South Korean navy investigators found the bodies of nine North Koreans inside. North Korean agents had apparently killed the sailors on the sub before shooting themselves.
Imagine the horrors of terrorists with a submarine. How long would it be before one or more found their way to our shores? Think Long Beach Harbor, Port Elizabeth (NYC), Baltimore, Jacksonville, Houston...
The Axis of Evil. How the American media hated that 'cowboy' declaration. Let's tally it up for them, shall we?
North Korea arming MILF (that's one that we know of) with 10,000 M-16s (plus other goodies) and taking orders for submarines. (In case you didn't hear me, 'Stretch', I said TAKING ORDERS FOR SUBMARINES!)
Iran thumbing its nose at the West and an all-to-complacent IAEA as it continues to develop nuclear weapons while funding an Iraqi insurgency that targets civilians as agressively as troops.
Iraq (was) funding Libya to perform its nuclear weapons research while training terrorists in the art of hijackings at Salman Pak. (Sound familiar?)
(100 Word Unheard Bonus Points to the first observant Word Unheard fellow traveler who can correctly identify 'Stretch'.)
I have been trying for the past several days to get this information out hoping that it can be looked into further using resources 'beyond my pay grade.' With the notable exception of The Adventures of Chester, to date not even another blog (let alone a few MSM connections I have) has taken note or mentioned it.
For the life of me, I cannot figure out precisely why. This kind of evidence is the type of stuff that moves the earth and moon....and maybe even a US bureaucracy or two (which is infinitely more difficult). Are our ports actively defending against a mini-sub(s)? Just because North Korea did not deliver (yet) to MILF, does not mean that MILF was the only customer they catered to. It's just the only terror group we have confiscated a paper trail from.
Do you see the potential risk and threat? How is it that this critical importance is lost?
We know our ports are a target of choice.
Yet the best it seems that can be mustered up in discussion & research on this is a resounding "Well, you know how those kooky North Koreans are"? Mini-subs for terrorists, my friends. Mini-subs.
Would it have been alarmist or 'kooky' to say in November 2000 that someone named Muhammed Atta had enrolled in a Norman, Oklahoma, flight school? Likely then it would have been interpreted that way. But have we not learned that there is a definite difference between 'alarmist' and 'alert'?
Yes, the North Korean evidence story needs further verification. That is why it requires resources beyond The Word Unheard's paygrade. It is a report from a single Japanese (Yomiuri Shimbun) newspaper, referenced by one website (World Tribune) and expanded on by one (extremely) humble blog (The Word Unheard) to-date.
Could it turn out to be blustering from a country with reason to bluster about North Korea? Sure it could. However, it must be acknowledged that the report is, at minimum, very plausible.
I have found no other sources, no other stories, not even other discussions.
The Word Unheard will continue trying to track any development(s) and continue trying to get the attention of those with resources and means. Any updates readers may know of are greatly appreciated in 'Comments'. Suggestions on methods and means are also greatly appreciated.
Until then unfortunately, this story truly is The Word Unheard.
**New Post with additional information here**
**February 2003 AFP Assault on MILF Exploration (Pt. I)**