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Monday, December 09, 2013

Mossad agent or Mossad target?

Last Tuesday night, Hezbullah commander Hassan al-Laqqis was assassinated in Beirut.

There are two schools of thought as to who killed him and why. Hezbullah rushed to blame Israel for the assassination, and indeed a Lebanese television station is claiming that it was the Mossad that arranged to have Laqqis shot in the head at close range. But a Kuwaiti newspaper is reporting that Laqqis was an Israeli agent, and that Hezbullah itself had him killed.
According to a report by the Lebanese television station OTV claiming to be based on Western intelligence sources, Laqqis had been identified as a target for assassination by the Mossad several years ago, along with other figures in the terrorist organization. Hezbollah's military chief, Imad Mugniyeh, was killed in 2008 in Damascus when the headrest of his car seat exploded. The OTV report went on to credit the alleged Mossad hit squad for its impressive infiltration of one of the most highly guarded neighborhoods in south Beirut, a Hezbollah stronghold.
According to the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Seyassah, Laqqis was identified as working with Israeli intelligence during investigations -- conducted one year ago by security and intelligence agencies in the country -- into Lebanese citizens suspected of being Israeli collaborators.

The Al-Seyassah report went on to say that Laqqis crossed the lines and was killed by a four-man team dispatched by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.

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