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NEWS: UN Report On The Death Of Hariri: Syria And Lebanon Involved

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posted on Oct, 21 2005 @ 05:41 AM
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The UN report into the killing of ex-Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri have found that top Syrian intelligence officials approved the assassination. The report also states that the Syrians were helped by their Lebanese counterparts. This is the first official UN report linking Damascus to the killing. The report has been shown to the UN Security Council and it is likely to be used to pressure Syria into further loosening its grip on Lebanon. Syria has rejected the report.
 



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UNITED NATIONS - Top Syrian intelligence officials approved the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and their Lebanese counterparts helped organize it, according to a U.N. probe that officially linked Damascus for the first time to the slaying of the popular opposition leader.

The exhaustive report into the Feb. 14 car bomb that killed Hariri and 20 others was issued to the
U.N. Security Council late Thursday and will almost certainly inflame tensions in the region.

The Security Council is likely to use the findings to renew pressure on
Syria to ease its continued influence on Lebanon. The council is expected to discuss the report on Tuesday, and may consider sanctions against Syria.

While the report from chief investigator Detlev Mehlis stopped short of fingering Syrian President Bashar Assad or his inner circle, it accused the regime of failing to cooperate in the probe and alleged Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa lied in a letter to the Mehlis' commission.

It also cites one witness as saying Assad's brother-in-law, who is the Syrian intelligence chief, set up a false confession.


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Not much of a surprise really. Im sure this will be used as damning evidence that the Syrian regime needs changing. Im sure it will not hurt any invasion attempt on Syria if it was to come about.




posted on Oct, 21 2005 @ 05:54 AM
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I do not think this will result in any invasion or threats of it. However, Syrias role in Lebanon will be done and I think that will be the ultimate goal of any sanctions cause by Syria's action. 3 Scenarios come to mind

Either Assad knew of and sanctioned the assasination

A rouge element within the Syrian command structure gave the go ahead

It was a false flag operation to force Syria out of Lebanon, increase international pressure on Syria, and possible have Assad removed from power.



posted on Oct, 21 2005 @ 08:11 AM
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Well its not likely this was a false flag operation since one senior Syrian official has already committed suicide over it. The U.N. will probably just slap them on the wrist and tell them to be good boys in the future. At best, the increased attention drawn to Syrian activities will cause them to go deeper underground and slow down a bit.



posted on Oct, 21 2005 @ 08:16 AM
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Originally posted by Astronomer68
Well its not likely this was a false flag operation since one senior Syrian official has already committed suicide over it.


Hmmmm perhaps or all part of the operation. The suicide is pretty fishy too IMHO. But its quite a mess and things will be changing in the region




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