How Was He Assassinated?

By: Fahed Khitan

تم نشره في Sat 14 May / May 2016. 11:12 PM
  • Fahed Khitan

Do the armed militant groups have the ability to infiltrate the stronghold of Hizbollah’s most important military leader in Syria?

The same question was posed, maybe, when the regime got to the leader of “Jaish Al Islam”, Zahran Aloush, months ago. That was before the leaders of Syrian opposition got together in Riyadh, to preface their participation in the Geneva peace talks.

Mustafa Badreldin was not just a militant fighter in the ranks of Hizbollah, but head of the Syria Sector operations, with extensive expertise in military and intelligence operations; a high ranked target for some of the world’s best clandestine devices, the Mossad primarily, and was still untouchable by them. How did a militant group, sieged by the Syrian army, driven about by Russian fighters, and shadowed by militant Iran and Hizbollah affiliate groups, manage to bomb Badreldin’s bedroom?

The ambiguous operation near the Damascus airport poses questions similar to those over the assassination of Zahran Aloush, before.

The armed masses in Syria are scattered over numerous regional and international campsites, engaging sometimes in skirmishes on their operators’ behalves, and in other occasions for Syrian considerations.

“Daesh” (ISIS) and “Nusra” lay in the heart of these conflictions, as it is confirmed that the majority of global and regional powers, the Russians included; have invested in the ISIS project to rid themselves from fugitive terrorists before the Olympic Games in Sochi. Turkey and Gulf countries did the exact same thing with Nusra and ISIS.

It was said, many times before, that assassinations among the ranks of militant groups were part of arrangements to prior the Geneva deliberations, or to redistribute regions of influence and control among opposition territories.

Does this scenario apply on the alliances of the Syrian regime? The talk about Iranian-Russian disparities is no longer whispering. And the happenings of late are not without meaning, having laid various hurtful strikes to weighed Iranian leaderships in Syria, as well as Hizbollah fighters, among other Afghani and foreign militias alongside the regime.

The Russians are busy establishing dominance over vast parts of Syria, and not the provision of protection for groups fighting for their interests. The American CNN reporter said in a journalistic tour organised by Russian command in Syria, that Syrian forces had convoyed them from the eastern ends of the country to its west, for seven hours, driving by Russian military sectors all around Syria.

Is there anything entailed in the Russian-American deliberations, regarding a permanent solution in Syria and the new constitution, that is bothering Iran?

Perhaps; as it is certain that the next few months in Syria will witness exponential developments requiring early rearrangements, while seemingly these would be the last attempts for a political resolution in Syria, or else; new rounds of attrition battles will resume. And the Russians are against that, fully.

It is unlikely, and any claim otherwise is invalid, that the assassination of Mustafa Badreldin was arranged by Syrian allies. But the question is, were the Russians informed about his whereabouts beforehand his assassination?

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