3420) CIA Declassifies Report On Armenian Terrorist Groups In US, Europe

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has declassified its report dated 1984 on the Armenian terrorist groups (JCAG, ASALA, etc.), which operated in the United States, Europe and worldwide under the Freedom of Information Act.

"Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia (ASALA) is a growing threat to a number of U.S. political interests. Although most of the attacks were carried out against Turks, ASALA, several facilities in Western Europe and the United States were also affected,” CIA says in its report.

In addition, a significant intensification of contacts with Libya and Syria could lead the Marxist-oriented Asala to additional anti-American influence," it says in a declassified report.

The report also said that the Armenian terrorist organization of fighters for justice for the "Armenian genocide” (Justice Commandos against Armenian Genocide, JCAG, JSAG) has focused almost exclusively on targets against the Turks.

"In a plot that has ominous implications for international cooperation in combating terrorism, some Western European countries reached agreement with ASALA, giving terrorists a freedom to prosecute Turkish targets in exchange for a promise not to attack the indigenous citizens of these countries," the report says.

According to the report, the Turks were very angry at this development and in response announced that they witness European indifference and connivance to ASALA terrorism.

Despite some setbacks, major Armenian terrorist groups have retained much of their activities. As a result of this activity ASALA and JCAG have killed 50 officials and citizens of Turkey and organized more than 200 explosions since 1975.

"Over the past four years, an indiscriminate violence by ASALA resulted in large-scale losses. The last split within ASALA and Armenian political groups, according to our estimates, increases the risk of terrorist violence, particularly in Western Europe, as various splinter groups vie for the attention of the Armenian community," the report says.

The report also provides detailed chronology of the Armenian terrorism from January 1975 to December 1983.

Full CIA report on Armenian terrorist groups in the U.S., Europe and around the world : . . .

Full Report

Source: http://www.foia.cia.gov .


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