Monday, June 04, 2007

IAF Hits Terrorist Responsible for Dozens of Attacks

Aerial attack of the vehicle of an Islamic Jihad terror-operative in Khan Yunis

Friday 01/06/2007 22:55

In a joint IDF and ISA activity tonight, June 1st 2007, the IDF carried out an aerial attack on the vehicle of Fadi Abdel Kader Sliyan Abu Mustafa, a 22 year old Islamic Jihad terror-operative. Fadi Abu Mustafa, resident of Khan Yunis, was involved in terrorist activity against Israel since 2003. Between the years 2004-2005, Fadi Abu Mustafa functioned as the head of the Islamic Jihad in the region of Khan Yunis. He was involved in dozens of shooting attacks, planting of explosive devices and additional attacks. During 2003 he was involved in recruiting for Arab-Israeli cells, which acted on behalf of the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization, and operating them. Furthermore, Fadi Abu Mustafa was involved in the recruitment of operatives from within Israel during 2006.

In June 2005, Fadi Abu Mustafa was involved in sending a suicide bomber into one of the Israeli communities in Gush Katif. The suicide bombing was thwarted in advance with the arrest of the bomber.

During 2006, he was involved in planning terrorist attacks against Israeli communities along the Israeli-Gaza border and in planning attacks against Israeli security forces along the security fence on the border,

Fadi Abu Mustafa operated recently in order to execute several terror attacks. He was also involved in training suicide bombers for attacking Israeli civilians near the security fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip as well as attacks on Israeli security forces


(08:05 03/06/2007)
During the night, IDF forces arrested 4 wanted Palestinians in the region of Judea and Samaria

(08:04 03/06/2007)
During the night, a 20 centimeter-long knife was uncovered in a routine check on the person of a Palestinian who arrived at the Ein Bidan Checkpoint, East of Nablus. The man was taken for questioning by the security forces

(08:04 03/06/2007)
During the night, Palestinians hurled rocks at an Israeli vehicle near the Israeli community of Qedumim. In a subsequent search, soldiers identified a Palestinian gunman carrying a hunting rifle. The man was taken for questioning by the forces

(08:04 03/06/2007)
During the night, Palestinians hurled an explosive device and opened fire at an IDF force operating in the Jenin refugee camp, no injuries or damage caused. The force identified a Palestinian gunman, fired at him, and confirmed killing him. In subsequent searches, the soldiers uncovered an M-16 rifle where the gunman was hit


Central Command Receives New Commander

Thursday 31/05/2007 22:01

Major General Gadi Shamni was officially announced as the new head of the Central Command during a ceremony today (Thurs.) attended by Defense Minister Amir Peretz, Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi, and others from the General Staff. Major General Shamni will replace Major General Yair Naveh, who will be leaving military service soon.

Major General Gadi Shamni was born in Israel in 1959, and enlisted into the Paratrooper Brigade in 1977. He served mainly in the brigade itself as a company commander, an elite unit commander, commander of the "Af'ah" battalion, the commander of a reservist paratroops brigade, and, most recently, the commander of the Paratrooper Brigade. He also served as a commander of a battalion in the IDF Officer's School and as the commander of the 'Yehuda' regional brigade in Hebron.

In 2001 he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General, and was appointed the Chief Officer of Infantry and Paratroopers. In 2003, he became the commander of the Gaza Formation and became the head of the Operations Branch a year later. In 2005 he was promoted to the rank of Major General and was appointed the secretary of the Prime Minister at the time, Ariel Sharon.

Major General Gadi Shamni has a BA in Economics and Political Science, and an MA in National Security.

Major General Yair Naveh, who was the commander of the Central Command before being recently replaced, was born in 1957 and enlisted into the Golani Brigade in 1975. He held many positions in the brigade, from the position of company commander to that of commander of the entire brigade.

Among his many positions, Major General Yair Naveh served as the Chief of Ground Forces Structure Staff between 2001 and 2003, and as the Major General commanding the Homefront Command.

Major General Yair Naveh has a BA in History and Political Science, and an MA in Business Management. He graduated the Israeli College for Security and Investigations with distinction, and is also a graduate of the IDF Officer's School.