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Iran: Slain Hezbollah military chief's widow points the finger at Syria




Tehran, 25 Feb. (AKI) - The wife of assassinated militant leader Imad Mughniyeh, claims that Syria was behind the killing of her husband, reported Alborz, a pro-Iranian government source.

Her husband, Imad Mughniyeh was killed in a bombing in Damascus on 13 February and Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, Syria and Iran have blamed Israel for assassinating him.

Mughniyeh was the intelligence chief of Hezbollah's secretive military wing, the Islamic Resistance.

"The Syrian traitors assisted in my husband's murder," said the wife.

Saudi daily 'Okaz' has also entertained the idea of Syria being behind the murder of Mughniyeh. It hypothesises a power struggle within Lebanese Hezbollah between those who want an alliance with Iran, and those who want to steer away from it, enjoying the support of the Syrian security forces.

"The Syrian refusal to let Iranian investigators do their job is proof of Damascus' complicity in my husband's murder," said Mughniyeh's widow.

Mughniyeh's widow, of Iranian origin, wanted to leave Syria after the assassination of her husband, and wanted to go to Lebanon or Iran, but the Iranian embassy reportedly decided to take her to Tehran away from the reach of the Lebanese media.

Mughniyeh, also called "the Shia bin-Laden", was considered the mastermind of several hijackings, suicide bombings and other terrorist acts and was on the FBI's top ten most wanted list with a 5 million dollar reward for his capture.

He was wanted by Israel and the US due to his alleged role in the bombings of the Israeli embassy and the Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires in 1992 and 1994, as well as a wave of abductions of westerners in Lebanon in the 1980s.

Mughniyeh was widely believed to be responsible for a wave of bombings, assassinations and kidnappings in Lebanon during the 1980s.




 

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