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ME1 INSIGHT - Reply to questions on IM assassination

Released on 2012-03-13 17:00 GMT

Email-ID 66770
Date 2008-02-18 16:15:38
<1. How is Hezbollah reacting internally to the assassination? Do they
suspect that Iranian or Syrian intelligence was complicit in the attack in
any way? Is a lot of distrust brewing between Iran, Syria and Hez right
now? Any guesses as to where the leak came from on IM's location?>

Hizbullah does not distrust the Iranians. They distrust the Syrians. The
Syrians know it and are defensive about IM's assassination. I believe the
will put the blame of the Lebanese government. Mughniyye was scheduled to
meet in Damascus Iranian minister of foreign affairs. I am not entirely
sure who in the Syrian regime leaked information about Mughniyye, but I am
working on it. Will most likely send you something on it tomorrow.

<2. What kind of security detail did IM have when he was killed? What's
his usual opsec procedure for when he travels between Beirut, Damascus and

IM had already held meetings with Hamas people in Damasucs and was
scheduled to meet with Mottaki and Hamas people in a single meeting before
his assassination. The Iranians and Hizbullah wanted to find a way to help
beleagured Hamas in Gaza and they were aiming at finding ways to enable
Hamas to launch raids into Israel from Gaza. Hizbullah and the Iranians
are concerned that the days of Hamas are numbered in Gaza. Both see the
demise of Hamas as a prelude to the demise of Hizbullah in Lebanon.

When IM and other Hizbullah officials travel to Damscus they inform the
Syrian authorities just before they cross into the border into Syria. They
are not required to inform the Syrians in advance. Once inside Syria,
Syrian intelligence vehicles escort them to their destination. When
Hizbullah officials travel to Iran via Damascus, they board private jets
with Iranian markings.

<3. Does Hezbollah fear that there will be more targeted assassinations
against its leadership? Have they adjusted their security procedures in
any way?>

Absolutely! They have curtailed the travel of key officials to Syria at
the moment pending the investigation concerning IM's assassination. Their
security arrangements in Lebanon are already very tight.

<4. WHy would Hez all of a sudden be willing to accept Suleiman's
candidacy now? What makes them trust him now?>

They don't expect Suleiman to sack Shawqi al-Masri. For him to do so,
means to lose the support of walid Junblatt, and Fuad Seniora as well.
They do not expect Suleiman to accept their offer. Most likely they are
manuevering. Speaking of trust, nobody trusts anybody in Lebanon.

<5. Any ideas where Hez might strike in retaliation?>

Yes! Hizbullah will seek soft targets. They are most likely to find
Israeli targets in the Far East or South America. They will avoid targets
in Europe. They may hit American targets in Jordan.