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Syria on the Hotseat

On the night of February 12, one of the most infamous resistance fighters was assassinated. For years, the Hezbollah resistance leader, Imad Mughaniyah, usually referred to as Hajj Rudwan, had been too elusive for his enemies to catch. His assassination may arrive as a surprise for many. However, this state of bewilderment may develop not necessarily for the underlying actuality of his assassination, moreover it raises the questions of how and where. Hajj Rudwan’s life was taken in an immense car bomb explosion that took place in Damascus, Syria.

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Syria has been a major ally to Hezbollah along with other Islamist and Arab resistance groups for years, but all that may now change. For an attack that powerful to target an individual as prominent and elusive as Hajj Rudwan, the Damascus-based government has a lot of explaining to do.

Although Hezbollah, Syria, and Iran are all pointing their fingers at the Zionist state of Israel’s Mossad intelligence for responsibility of the attack, it would be primitive for one to simply dismiss the idea of Syria’s contribution in the attack. The Mossad or even the United States’ CIA could have very well been behind the attacks, this may have been possible with the cooperation of the Syrian government. Israel has denied responsibility.

Imad Mughaniyah is responsible for numerous attacks including those against Israelis and Jews in Argentina; attacks against Israel; and attacks against Western personnel in Lebanon. Since he began his militant campaign against the West, like the one that killed 241 US servicemen in 1983 during the Lebanese civil war, Hajj Rudwan had been on the US most wanted list with a reward of 25 million dollars for his capture or 5 million for a tip on his whereabouts.

Although Hajj Rudwan had been protected in Syria for years, one should question whether or not the Damascus-based government engaged itself in the assassination (at least logistically) because of pressure from the United States.

Hezbollah has sent a team of investigators to Damascus to inspect the assassination of one of its most significant members. If the position of their fingers shifts in the direction of the Damascus-based government, Syria may lose the respect of Hezbollah, other resistance groups, and Iran, which may transition Syria into the chaotic disorder resembling the conditions of its Arab neighbors.

Even if Syria did not have a role in the assassination of Hajj Rudwan, the attack displays serious signs of security weaknesses in Syria, which may no longer be safe for exiled leaders and prominent militants to take refuge in.

-Ehab Z.

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