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Hizbullah Blames Hamas for Breach That Led To Mughniyeh Killing

Hizbullah blames Hamas leaders for security breach that allowed Western elements to kill arch-terrorist Imad Mughniyeh.
By Hillel Fendel
First Publish: 2/15/2008, 1:00 PM

Hizbullah blames Syrian-based Hamas leaders for causing a security breach that allowed Western elements to kill arch-terrorist Imad Mughniyeh.  So reported a Lebanese source close to Hizbullah to a Jordanian media outlet.

It was also reported that Mughniyeh's purpose in being in Damascus was to meet with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal.

Mughniyeh, one of Hizbullah's top terrorists, was assassinated in a car-bombing in Damascus late Tuesday night, causing shock at the breach of the intense precautions he took to preserve his safety.

The Hizbullah source said that Mughniyeh's car was blown up shortly after he visited a Hamas military base in Damascus.  The source further noted that an American itelligence officer of the CIA in Damascus was connected with the killing.

The killing of Mughniyeh has thus branched out, causing not only accusations against Israel and the US, but inter-Arab tensions and finger-pointing as well.

Hizbullah Threatens
Hizbullah leader arch-terrorist Hassan Nasrallah, still in hiding for fear of an Israeli liquidation attempt, says that Hizbullah will retaliate for Mughniyeh's death - and not necessarily inside Israel.  As a result, Israel's Anti-Terrorism Task Force released a warning to Israelis traveling abroad to keep away from large concentrations of other Israelis and beware of kidnapping attempts. This applies especially to businessmen who deal with Arab nations. 

Defense Minister Ehud Barak, as well, has ordered the IDF to raise its level of alert for possible terrorist attempts against themselves or against citizens.

Meanwhile, Mughniyeh's mother said in Lebanon that she regrets not having other sons follow in the arch-terrorist's footsteps.