Praise for journalist from The Australian

September 4, 2017 by Michael Danby
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An Australian member of the terrorist organisation Hezbollah has been pictured fighting in the war in Syria…writes Michael Danby.

Meliad Farah, Hezbollah terrorist has been recently pictured fighting for the Iranian backed terrorists in Syria. The photos appear on the Internet and was pictured in Friday’s The Australian.

It is a fiction to say there is a distinction between an internal and external member of Hezbollah as there are thousands of fighters from Syria who come from their social organisation in Syria.

I congratulate The Australian’s Mark Schliebs who has been following the former Sydney-based terrorist and has been reporting that Farah was tried and convicted In Bulgaria for a 2012 attack on a tourist bus where 5 Israelis and the local bus driver were killed. Schliebs’ report said:

“A former Sydney used-car salesman accused of helping to blow up a busload of Israeli tourists before becoming the first Australian sanctioned as a terrorist by the EU has shared a photo of himself, purportedly on the battlefields of Syria.

Meliad Farah, a Hezbollah operative being tried in absentia in Bulgaria over the 2012 bus bombing, uploaded the photo to social media shortly after being contacted through that same account by The Australian.

The photo, which does not appear on any other website except the 36-year-old’s account — shows a man with his face obscured by goggles and a half-face mask sitting in what appears to be an Iranian-made Safir 4WD.

The man in the photo is wearing light-coloured fatigues and military webbing of the type used by Hezbollah in southern Syria.

An expert with knowledge of Hezbollah’s capability said it looked like the man was sitting in a “gun car”.

“Vehicle-mounted 106mm recoil-less rifle … you can just see the loading handle on (the) top left of (the) photo,” the expert said. “They’ve certainly been used in Syria.”

In another photo, uploaded to a Facebook account that lists Farah’s work as being “Wanted” and his location as Beirut, a man is seen with what appears to be a modified M4 assault rifle hanging off his shoulder. Hezbollah is also known to use the M4.

Farah has not responded to repeated requests for comment. The Australian revealed last year that he had been in contact with Hezbollah members fighting in Syria to help the Assad regime.

This week, Hezbollah brokered an extraordinary deal with Islamic State’s fighters who had seized towns in Lebanon. The deal saw the Islamic State fighters transported — along with their small arms — in air-conditioned buses out of Lebanon, to be taken across the entire width of Syria to be dropped off near the Iraqi border. The US military have intervened, bombing sections of the main highway.

While Hezbollah in itself is not a declared group in Australia, its External Security Organisation — which plans, co-ordinates and executes attacks outside Lebanon — is a listed terrorist organisation. Interpol has also publicly disseminated a “red notice” for Farah,who is wanted by Bulgarian authorities and declared a “designated global terrorist” by the US government.

This came after the bombing of a bus carrying Israeli tourists that had just arrived in Bulgaria from Tel Aviv in July 2012. The attack, which killed the driver and five passengers, was carried out by a suicide bomber.

Farah, a dual Australian/Lebanese citizen, left Sydney after he and his brother ripped off the Commonwealth Bank by lying on mortgage documents used in the purchase of a flat in 2005.””

Michael Danby is the Federal Labour Member for Melbourne Ports.


One Response to “Praise for journalist from The Australian”
  1. Adrian Jackson says:

    OK but what happening in our electorate of Melbourne Ports for the last 20 years with you as our MHR Mr Danby?

    The bloke pictured in the clown mask was originally from Sydney not Melbourne.

    As a backbencher you should concern yourself with Melbourne Ports and your constituents,all of them rather that 10% of them, and pretending to be a foreign affairs expert for a tiny part of the world in western Asia (the so called Middle East).

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