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Mughniyeh paid the price of Iran, Syria role in killing Hariri PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 March 2008


Beirut- A Kuwait Newspaper Al Rai was told by its well informed European sources that the murder of Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyah in Damascus has left an impact on the relations between the Iranian and Syrian leaderships.

The murder has also impacted Syria's relationship with the Lebanon based Hezbollah militant group , a strong ally of Iran.

The sources confirmed the information about the arrest of a member of the Palestinian Hamas organization and an Iraqi on suspicion of involvement in the murder. The investigation revealed that the bomb that killed Mughniyeh was placed in a car that was parked adjacent to his car and not in the headrest of his car as was reported earlier.

The sources also revealed that the car containing the bomb was familiar to people in the Area. This has raised more suspicions by Iran and Hezbollah , about the involvement of the Syrians specially since the area where the crime occurred is one of the most guarded areas of Damascus .

The sources said this is why Hezbollah and Iran were suspicious when Syria accused Israel of being behind the murder.

The sources said " Iran, which considered the Hezbollah commander as equal to or even more important than Hezbollah Secretary general Hassan Nasrallah, has been wondering about the existence of a "missing link" . This missing link according to the sources is the role that the Syrian intelligence played in facilitating the execution of the crime , since it is extremely difficult for the Israeli intelligence to operate in the heavily guarded area without the knowledge of the Syrian intelligence.

The missing link is also creating suspicions by Iran and Hezbollah about Syria's negotiations with Israel and its willingness to use Hezbollah as a bargaining chip to reclaim the Golan Heights.

The sources claim that Iran's suspicions have led to the downgrading of Iran's representation at the Damascus summit. Initially it was widely reported that Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will represent Iran at the summit and will sit next to Syrian president Bashar al Assad as the guest of honor, but recent reports indicate that Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki will represent Iran instead.

The sources concluded that Mughniyeh paid the price of the Iranian and Syrian role in killing Hariri. The Syrian regime which has been widely accused of all the assassinations in Lebanon can now tell the International Tribunal, which is expected to try the killers of Lebanon's former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri , his companions and the other crimes that the person who did all this was Mughniyeh , who is now dead.

" The sources said that the assassination of Mughniyah will allow the Syrian regime to use him as a scapegoat and save the necks of the Syrian leaders "the paper said.

Assef Shawkat according to intelligence reports published earlier was the main suspect in Mughniyeh's murder. Shawkat , who is Bashar's brother-in-law is the head of the Syrian intelligence


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