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Friday, October 19, 2012

The Wissam al-Hassan Assassination

The massive car bomb in Beirut today that killed Maj. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan, Head of the Information Section of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces, is a reminder of the volatility of Lebanese politics and, most likely, of the continuing role of Syria, though Hizbullah is another potential suspect. Hassan had been behind the earlier detention of former Interior Minister Michel Samaha, widely seen as a close Lebanese ally of Syria.

For more on Wissam al-Hassan, see this from The Washington Post and this from Qifs Nabki, who promises more later today.

Al-Monitor has a report from the scene.

1 comment:

David Mack said...

PM Najib Mikati has now offered to resign. The least he could probably do, under the circumstances. It is tempting, of course, to blame the Syrians. But how often have we found that the very civilized Lebanese are the authors of their own savagery? The default blaming of foreigners leaves me a bit uneasy. Tough spot for Obama, since it will increase the pressure from proponents of U.S. military action against the Syrian regime.