WikiLeaks: Peru hired Petah Tikva firm to fight guerrillas

Leaked US diplomatic cables show Peru paid $9 m. to Israeli consultants to help fight Shining Path Maoist insurgents in 2009.

December 16, 2010 02:03
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Shining Path insurgents in Peru

shining path 311. (photo credit: AP)

Peru signed a $9 million contract last year with an Israeli consulting firm for help in combating insurgents affiliated with the Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) Maoist organization, according to a diplomatic US cable published on Wednesday by Wikileaks.

The Petah Tikva-based Global CST company is headed by Maj.-Gen. (res.) Israel Ziv, a former head of the IDF Operations Directorate.

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The cable, written by the US ambassador to Peru, analyzes government attempts to combat Sendero Luminoso insurgents, who were believed in late 2009 to have received new weaponry stolen from Peruvian security forces.

The cable details efforts Lima was making to stop the terrorist attacks and how it signed a deal with an Israeli general named Baruch Ziv, “who promised to help Peru defeat SL in the Apurimac- Ene River Valley once and for all.”

The ambassador apparently confused Ziv’s first name with Baruch.

Global CST is active in close to a dozen nations on three continents. Recent news reports have put it in Mexico, Peru, Guinea and in a number of countries in Europe.

According to the cable, Ziv was to focus on training elite forces for special counterterror operations, strengthening Peruvian intelligence networks, and assisting security forces in working together to kill or capture Sendero Luminoso members.

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