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NEWS: US plane 'carrying soldiers' is seized in Harare

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posted on Mar, 9 2004 @ 07:57 PM
A US registered cargo plane was seized in Harre after the flight entered Zimbabwe's airspace without authority. The plane was carrying 64 suspected mercenaries of different nationalities all equipped with military gear.

Sources said members of the Zimbabwe government feared a "foreign-sponsored invasion", and the discovery prompted President Robert Mugabe to order an investigation.

A source at Zimbabwe's civil aviation authority said the flight was forced to land in Harare after it strayed into Zimbabwe's airspace without authority. He indicated that the aircraft's destination was not Zimbabwe.

posted on Mar, 9 2004 @ 08:02 PM
Zimbabwe plane mystery continues
The impounding of an aircraft, allegedly carrying weapons and mercenaries, by Zimbabwean authorities in Harare was still shrouded in mystery.

Mystery over 'mercenary' plane held in Harare
Mystery and confusion surrounded a US cargo plane seized at Harare airport on suspicion of carrying mercenaries after Equatorial Guinea said today that it had arrested a 15-man advance party linked to the impounded aircraft.

Equatorial Guinea Says Arrests 'Mercenaries'
DAKAR, Senegal (Reuters) - Some 15 suspected mercenaries have been arrested Equatorial Guinea, sub-Saharan Africa's third-biggest oil producer, after a widespread clampdown on foreign nationals, the government said Tuesday.
"Some 15 mercenaries have been arrested here in Equatorial Guinea and it was connected with that plane in Zimbabwe. They were the advance party of that group," Information Minister Agustin Nse Nfumu told Reuters.

Zimbabwe seized a U.S.-registered cargo plane Sunday evening which the government has said was carrying 64 suspected mercenaries and a cargo of military gear.

US denies Harare plane link
The United States has said it had no indication that a plane seized by Zimbabwe and described by Harare officials as carrying suspected mercenaries and military cargo was connected to the American Government.

posted on Mar, 9 2004 @ 10:11 PM
Great post Ocelot and further more, great job on the follow-up information.

All that I will comment to this is that this is what would be "termed" as "standard operating procedure" for such covert and/or clandestine efforts/operations...."IF"....
This is "if" it can be factually confirmed that the US governement or agency/department was actually involved other than unconfirmed, unsubstantiated claims, observations, or reports.

In all honesty, this would also be "standard operating procedure" for a number of major Western government's and/or agency's/departments.....not strictly limited to the US. Just a note: Any type "cargo" or for that matter, aircraft, can be labeled, purposely, with the another nation's markings, etc.

As for President Robert Mugabe, there are a number of major Western nation's, but not strictly limited to them, that would "love" to remove the gentlemen mentioned above.


[Edited on 9-3-2004 by Seekerof]

posted on Mar, 10 2004 @ 02:08 PM
Update Link
The cargo plane impounded at Harare's airport on Sunday was carrying 64 mining contractors to the Democratic Republic of Congo, their employer said today.

The British company Logo said what had been described as "military" items on board were in fact equipment such as boots, pipe-bending and wire-cutting tools.

"We can make it clear that we have no current or intended business in Zimbabwe and certainly no illegal intentions against its government and people," the company said in a statement

For 10 more variations on what happened, see this link. The whole event is a circus.
Somebody needs to get the truth of the story, or else some 64 miners are going to be executed for being mercenaries.

[Edited on 10-3-2004 by dbates]

posted on Mar, 11 2004 @ 02:21 AM
British SAS 'hired' Zim Boeing
Harare, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwean authorities alleged on Tuesday that a cargo plane impounded in Harare on suspicion of carrying 64 mercenaries was hired by a South African mercenary organisation and British special forces, state television reported.

posted on Mar, 11 2004 @ 02:25 AM
South Africa-Zimbabwe: South Africa Confirms Link Between Plane And Coup Plot
South African Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma confirmed on Wednesday that the plane held by Zimbabwean authorities and an alleged coup plot in Equatorial Guinea were linked.

"Indeed there was a link between the plane and Equatorial Guinea," Dlamini-Zuma was quoted as saying by the South African news agency (SAPA).

posted on Mar, 11 2004 @ 02:27 AM
Zimbabwe links Spain, US and UK to plane
ZIMBABWE has threatened to execute some 60 suspected mercenaries detained this week and accused U.S., British and Spanish spy agencies of involvement in a plot to topple Equatorial Guinea's government.

Equatorial Guinea, which has arrested what it called an advance party of 15 mercenaries, said on Wednesday "enemy powers" and multinational companies had been plotting against the small oil-producing central African state.

posted on Mar, 11 2004 @ 02:30 AM
Zimbabwe Says Western Agencies Aided 'Mercenaries'
HARARE, Zimbabwe (Reuters) - Zimbabwe said Wednesday U.S., British and Spanish spy agencies helped dozens of suspected mercenaries detained this week in Harare in a plot against Equatorial Guinea's government.
"They were aided by the British secret service, that is MI6, .... American Central Intelligence Agency and the Spanish secret service," Zimbabwe's Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi told a news conference, reading from a prepared statement.

posted on Mar, 11 2004 @ 05:03 AM
The mercenaries are led by an ex-SAS man, whose name eludes me, but he is around 45 years of age... He owns a 'Security' company, which offers professional training, help, etc, to legitimate governments..

posted on Mar, 11 2004 @ 07:41 AM
What is it? Amateur night in the CIA again? You would think that a son of the former CIA director would know a thing or two about espionage.... Jeez....ask your pop for some pointers Shrub....

posted on Mar, 11 2004 @ 07:59 PM
Plane Did Stop At Grantley Adams
A UNITED STATES registered plane at the centre of controversy after being detained on Monday with 64 suspected mercenaries aboard by the Zimbabwean government did stop at Grantley Adams International Airport last Saturday morning.
Informed sources told the DAILY NATION yesterday that the aircraft, a Boeing 727 (100 series), with registration number N4610, landed in Barbados shortly after midnight for refuelling before leaving around 6:30 a.m.

posted on Mar, 11 2004 @ 08:02 PM
Zimbabwe says US, UK and Spain sent mercenaries
Zimbabwe today threatened to execute some 60 suspected mercenaries detained this week and accused US, British and Spanish spy agencies of involvement in a plot to topple Equatorial Guinea's government.

Equatorial Guinea, which has arrested what it called an advance party of 15 mercenaries, said "enemy powers" and multinational companies had been plotting against the small oil-producing central African state.

The two countries, some 3200km apart, have put their security forces on high alert since Zimbabwe seized a Boeing 727 carrying about 60 men, most of them South Africans, Angolans and Namibians, on Sunday.

posted on Mar, 11 2004 @ 08:04 PM
Weapons found in seized aircraft
The department of foreign affairs says that their investigations indicate that there were weapons on board an aircraft impounded in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the foreign affairs minister, said during her address to journalists in Pretoria. She had just returned from India where she attended the India/Brazil/South Africa Summit.

posted on Mar, 11 2004 @ 08:13 PM
The bottom line: the jig is up....

posted on Mar, 11 2004 @ 08:19 PM

Originally posted by Gazrok
The bottom line: the jig is up....


posted on Mar, 11 2004 @ 09:24 PM
I'm having serious doubts and reservations as to this being a US, UK, and Spain "jig".

Anyone who is a leader of a nation can be just as paronoid, if not more, that "someone" or "somebody" is out to get them or remove them as indicated by this mentioning in this article:

"Zimbabwe says US, UK and Spain sent mercenaries"

"Yesterday, Obiang, who seized power from his uncle in 1979, said foreign countries and multinational companies had conspired to replace him with an exiled politician living in Spain."

Mind you, evidences and proofs yet to be brought forth.

How about that Moto spent the money to hire "mercs" to do the ousting?

"Severo Moto, who heads what he calls a government-in-exile in Madrid, said today he was not involved in any plot but Obiang had to go, by force if necessary.

"The people have the legitimacy to get rid of the tyrant," Moto told Reuters.

Moto was exiled to Spain for plotting a coup in his homeland, where Frederick Forsyth wrote a classic 1970s tale of mercenary skullduggery The Dogs of War."

And this comment that is indicative of "mercs" being hired to do such:

"...carrying about 60 men, most of them South Africans, Angolans and Namibians..."

In retrospect, no SAS led "operation" would be that entirely incompetent as to fly into Harare and get arrested, especially if their purpose was to take out or overthrow Mugabe. Think about it gentlemen.

And since an NewZimbabwe article was mentioned, lets add this to the 'pot':

"Mugabe officials had deal with 'mercenaries'"

You guys are aware that EXXON is already drilling in Zimbabwe, so I would surmise that it is not a 'conspiracy' to gain more OIL?

Or this article:

"Zimbabwe halts 'dogs of war' odyssey"


"A cargo plane seized at Harare airport with 64 burly men on board was last night at the centre of a peculiarly African storm of claim and counter-claim verging on the comical. First Equatorial Guinea claimed that the ageing Boeing 727-100 had been flying mercenaries from South Africa to topple its Government. Then the flight operators said that it had been flying experts to the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo to provide security and other support services to mining companies. Finally Kembo Wohabi, the Zimbabwean Minister of Home Affairs, stepped forward to claim that the men were planning to aid a Congo rebel group and had stopped in Harare to buy arms. Whatever the truth, President Mugabes beleaguered regime was taking no risks and placed the Zimbabwe Army on full alert. The saga began when the Zimbabwean authorities detained the aircraft late on Sunday and said that it had declared a false cargo and crew. Mr Wohabi claimed that on board there were 20 South Africans, 18 Namibians, 23 Angolans, two Congolese and one Zimbabwean. Their baggage, displayed on Zimbabwean state television, included a rubber dinghy, sleeping bags, satellite phones, knives, bolt-cutters, hammers, camouflage uniforms and Mace, which could be used by commandos on specialised missions. However, there were no firearms, ammunition or explosives of any sort."

Or this one:

"Zimbabwe threatens 'mercenary' journalists"

IMHO, if the US or the UK really wanted Mugabe out, a handful of MArines, SAS, or Spec Ops would be all that would be needed and be assured, they would not have landed in Harare to be taken as prisoners..... its all hogwash and too freakin' "convenient". The "jig" is far from being up.


posted on Mar, 12 2004 @ 10:28 AM
Zimbabwe to charge suspects with plotting coup

HARARE, Zimbabwe (Reuters) -- Zimbabwe said Friday it will charge dozens of mercenary suspects with trying to destabilize a sovereign state and said the suspects were talking about their purported plot to stage a coup in oil-rich Equatorial Guinea.

Zimbabwe detained more than 60 men after their Boeing 727 was seized in Harare Sunday. Equatorial Guinea detained 15 more who it said were an advance party for the group arrested in Zimbabwe. Both groups include South Africans.

[Edited on 12-3-2004 by Ocelot]

posted on Mar, 13 2004 @ 05:43 PM
Interesting read on this situation from Cathy Buckle, who wrote the bestseller Beyond Tears. She is also well versed in how politics are handled in Africa and is African herself:

"THE TRUTH ABOUT ZIMBABWE: Of bolt cutters and an orange boat"


"Events in Zimbabwe this week have left us all open mouthed and shaking our heads in disbelief, surprise and shock. Every day and every hour the talk has been of mercenaries, conspiracies, terrorists and coup plots. No one seems to be able to explain why an aeroplane landed in Harare with people, described by local television as "burly, heavily built men" of assorted nationalities. At first the talk was of 64 mercenaries, later in the week it became 67. Reports as to what these men were doing here varied from collecting mining equipment to guard mines in the DRC, to buying guns and planning to overthrow the government of Equatorial Guinea. None of the facts were clear and nothing became clearer as the week wore on.

On one day the Zimbabwe government talked of the UK, US and Spain being involved in a plot to overthrow an African government, and on another day the Minister of Foreign Affairs talked of capital punishment for the 67 men. Night after night our television screens have shown the same footage again and again of the cargo on board the aeroplane. There were radios and cellphones, loud hailers and bolt cutters, one very large sledge hammer and one very small pepper spray, sleeping bags, trousers, white shirts and something which the newsreader called a bright orange dinge. This turned out to be an inflatable dinghy and when it was all put together, it made for a most peculiar cargo for men who at first were called mercenaries and terrorists by the State media but these terms were soon preceeded by the words alleged and suspected."

Good read.


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