Several Iranian and Hezbollah officers have been Liquidated by Israeli Helicopter Gunships in the Syrian side of the border with Israel, including Hezbollah’s commander of the Syrian Golan sector, Jihad Mughniyah – son of Imad Mughniyah who was liquidated by the Mossad in Damascus in 2008 [Link].Imad Mughniyah was the only international terrorist published in the FBI’s “most wanted list” (in September 2001) who wasn’t controlled by the CIA, but rather by the Iranian regime.
This assassination happens merely 24 hours after Hezbollah Chief Hassan Nasrallah boasted about his arsenal of Fateh 100 missiles and his ability to hit “any point in Israel. Was this a thundering answer to Nassrallah’s statement?
It also follows a series of high-profile Mossad penetrations to the Shiite intelligence apparatus and game changing assassinations of top Iranian Generals running the regime’s shadow war in Syria and Iraq, the latest of which was Qassem Suleimani, who is alleged to have been “targeted by ISIS” (probably a joint-Israeli-Saudi effort attributed for the aforementioned terrorist group for reasons of plausible deniability.
Some sources see this operation as a signal from Israel to the Iranians not to position Hezbollah forces in the Golan in order to deny them the option of using that area as a possible launchpad for the aforementioned Fateh 100 missiles in a future war with Israel.
The Israeli air defense command will not be ready to intercept such missiles before the end of 2015, when the David’s Sling system will become fully operational, and coincidentally when the prospect of a military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities will make its comeback to public debate after the predictable failure of Iran’s talks with Obama and his trilateral handlers.
So far the Shiites appear to have been thrown completely off-balance by this latest series of crushing blows inflicted on them by Israeli and Sunni intelligence. Hezbollah mouthpiece ‘Al-Akhbar’ has noted that “this blow is impossible to contain and will be followed by a retaliation as decided upon by the group’s leadership“.
Hezbollah now finds itself between a rock and a hard place. A too powerful retaliation could get it involved in a devastating full-scale war with Israel, while the Salafist militants in Syria and Lebanon are ready to strike it from the rear. On the other hand, the absence of retaliation will further degrade its image and expose it as a paper tiger. It remains to be seen what could happen in the middle east in the near future.
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