- - Thursday, October 4, 2012

JERUSALEM — Israeli authorities on Thursday indicted an Arab citizen of Israel on charges of spying for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, accusing him of gathering intelligence on security for Israel’s president and on army installations.

The Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency said in a statement that Milad Khatib, 26, from the northern village of Majd al-Krum, was recruited in 2009 by a Lebanese Hezbollah operative in Denmark.

He was ordered to collect information on Israeli army bases and armories, as well as details on security guards and motorcades of the Israeli president and other public officials.

In August, Mr. Khatib allegedly shadowed a visit by President Shimon Peres to his hometown, collecting information on his security detail. Authorities say he intended to pass the details to his Hezbollah operator but was arrested before he could do so.

It was unclear what information, if any, he supplied Hezbollah.


Kismayo residents fear new clan fighting

MOGADISHU — Renewed clan warfare threatens the future of Kismayo, where African Union and Somali troops earlier this week pushed out Islamic extremists.

Kismayo was the last bastion controlled by al-Shabab, the radical Islamists allied to al Qaeda that taxed goods coming into the port to fund their activities.

Al-Shabab announced their withdrawal from Kismayo, via Twitter, shortly after the Kenyan assault late last week.

But bitter clan rivalry is expected to hamper the creation of a new administration needed to run the city and port, residents say.

The clan rivalry centers on control of revenues from the port, which is one of Somalia’s most lucrative business hubs.

Recognizing the threat of renewed clan fighting in Kismayo, the top U.S. official on Africa, Johnnie Carson, this week urged the Mogadishu government and the African Union forces to “go in very quickly and establish political stability and a political system that takes into account the various clan and subclan interests.”


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