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Sunday, March 18, 2018

The expert assessed the implications of the killings in Syria, one of the leaders of “Hezbollah”

One of the leaders of the Lebanese Shiite group “Hezbollah” Mustafa badreddin was killed in an explosion in the Syrian suburbs of Damascus. This was reported by the Lebanese satellite channel “al-Manar” referring to the statement of a management of grouping. It is reported that “Hezbollah” is investigating the incident details.

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Adnan badreddin at the portrait of the murdered brother

In a statement released by the organization’s leadership reports that the explosion occurred near the international airport of Damascus. It is estimated that it could be either the airstrike or the rocket attack. Lebanese politicians and the media have managed to blame the murder of tel Aviv. The authorities themselves do not confirm Israel’s involvement in the elimination of Badreddin, while not denying that the murder of the commander was for them the good news.

Reuters notes that this is the biggest blow to Hezbollah, since 2008 – when he was killed one of its commanders, although it is known that at least four prominent military figure of the organization were eliminated starting in January 2015.

Recall that Mustafa badreddin was brother-in-law of the late leader of the military wing of grouping of Imad Mornia and was in it since 1982 – since its inception. The badreddin was convicted in Kuwait for terrorist activities and sentenced to death, but escaped from prison during the Iraqi invasion in 1990. He was one of five leaders of Hezbollah that were accused by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in the assassination of the Lebanese politician Rafik al-Hariri in 2005. The US Treasury was considering the imposition of sanctions against the Badreddin for participation in the fighting in Syria since 2011 on the side of official Damascus.

“This will not affect the General course of the hostilities and level of participation of “Hezbollah” in the war on the side of President Bashar al-Assad – said “MK” senior researcher, Institute of Oriental studies, Professor Vladimir Sazhin. – This situation will not change, but we need to remember that just a week ago, the Iranians suffered a significant defeat: according to various estimates, have killed dozens of Iranian soldiers. Iran recognizes that in Syria there are no armed forces and only military experts. Of course, it is not. Only during the fighting around the town of Hantaan killed the two generals of the Islamic revolutionary guard Corps, Colonel, major and dozens of people. The Iranian press called it a disaster.”

Interviewed by “MK” the expert recalled that “Hezbollah” is considered as primarily a creature of Iran. “They operate in Syria, hand in hand, – says Vladimir Sazhin. – If to speak about the Iranian participation, it is now in Iran there is a debate about what to do next. Over the last two years killed 11 Iranian generals in Syria. This rarely happens even if a large-scale military operations. This causes a negative reaction in Tehran. We can say that Iranian officials are not accused of something Russia, but some media in Iran say that all happened because those in the fighting, which involved Iran and Hezbollah, no air support. Were such charges, although not by official media.”

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