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Hizbullah commander assassinated in Beirut

Crescent International

Failure of the foreign conspiracy to topple the government of Bashar al-Asad has resulted in fighting spilling over into Lebanon. In addition to fightnig, such as in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, assassination of Hizbullah commanders and fighters has also intensified. Hassan al-Laqqis, a prominent Hizbullah commander was the latest victim, assassinated last night as he returned home. Two gunmen shot him at close range.

Beirut, Crescent-online
November 04, 2013, 8:53 EST

Hassan al-Laqqis, a Hizbullah commander was assassinated near his house in the Hadath region of Beirut yesterday around midnight, according to a statement released by the resistance group. The statement was broadcast on al-Manar television network today. He was shot in the head by two gunmen waiting for him in the underground parking lot of his apartment building where he lived.

As shots rang out, people peered through their windows and reported seeing two men fleeing through the wasteland near the building.

In its statement, Hizbullah blamed the Zionist regime for the latest assassination. “Direct accusation is aimed of course against the Israeli enemy which had tried to eliminate our martyred brother again and again and in several places but had failed, until yesterday evening.”

The statement went on to say: “This enemy must bear full responsibility for and all the consequences of this heinous crime.”

Assassinating leaders and fighters of resistance groups is a signature mark of the Zionists. The Saudis have now joined this murderous campaign because of their failure in Syria. Lebanon has been made a special target because Hizbullah fighters had to enter the fray earlier this year to liberate Qusayr, a town near the Lebanese border, from the clutches of foreign mercenaries.

On November 19, two suicide bombers targeted the embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Beirut killing 25 people and injuring more than 150 others. Among those killed was Iran’s Cultural Attache, Shaikh Ebrahim Ansari.

The identity of the suicide bombers was quickly established through DNA samples. Investigations, however, continued to determine those behind the suicide bombers. There was strong suspicion that the Saudis and Zionists were behind the attack.

Yesterday, Hizbullah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah said Saudi Arabia was behind last month’s twin bombings. A group calling itself the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, that has close links with al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the attack.

Last night, Seyyed Nasrallah told a Lebanese TV channel that he had no doubt that Saudi intelligence agency headed by Bandar bin Sultan has close links with the Abdullah Azzam Brigades that is headed by a Saudi amir.

Saudi intelligence chief Bandar is handling the Syrian file for the regime. He has cultivated close links with the Zionists and works in tandem with them. Bandar is not only financing the terrorist groups but has also sent hundreds of Saudi criminals from prisons to fight in Syria.

These convicted criminals—murderers, drug peddlers and other assorted criminals—have been unleashed on the Syrian people. There are also thousands of other Saudis that have been sent to Syria to fight so that the Saudi regime would be spared their wrath.

Interestingly, not everyone in the kingdom agrees with this policy. One prominent critic is Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef who fears a blowback from such policy. His father had to deal with the consequences of the Osama bin Laden brigades after their fighting experience in Afghanistan against the Soviets.

Bandar, however, is desperate to see some progress in Syria. His policy is failing both at the military level but more critically at the political and diplomatic levels. International opinion is shifting towards a negotiated settlement to the three-year conflict in Syria.

There are more than 100,000 mercenaries from at least 29 countries fighting in Syria, according to a September 16 IHS Jane’s defence study in Britain. The mercenaries are split into 1,000 of groups, and most of them fight each other as much as they fight against Syrian government forces.

With their failure in Syria, Bandar and the Zionists are now targeting Lebanon. It is seen as a soft target given its potpourri of groups pursuing different agendas and operating according to plans of their foreign sponsors.


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