View Full Version : Hassan Lakkis, Hezbollah weapons expert assasinated

Carsten Wiethoff
12-06-2013, 11:18 AM
From http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/12/04/israels_kill_list_the_mossad_campaign_to_kill_its_ foes?page=full

"There'll be a summit conference in the sky," smiled an Israeli intelligence official Wednesday morning when he learned of the assassination of Hassan Lakkis, the Hezbollah commander in charge of weapons development and advanced technological warfare, in a Beirut suburb around midnight on Tuesday, Dec. 3. The killing of Lakkis is yet another in the latest in a long series of assassinations of leading figures in what Israeli intelligence calls the "Radical Front," which comprises two countries -- Syria and Iran -- and three organizations: Hezbollah, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and Hamas.

According to his Aman file, Lakkis was active in the radical Shiite movement since age 19, enlisting shortly after it was established. He had a certain amount of technical education at a Lebanese university, but most of his skills were acquired from his experience in developing and manufacturing weaponry. Almost from the outset he was the top procurement officer and coordinator with Iran on these matters. Thanks to his efforts, Hezbollah became the most powerful terrorist organization ever -- even more powerful than al Qaeda in many ways -- with "firepower that 90 percent of the countries in the world do not have," according to Dagan.
As early as the mid-1990s, there were Aman officers who marked Lakkis as a potential target, believing that he should be eliminated. But Hezbollah was not a preferred target at the time and was considered more of a nuisance than a strategic threat. By the time that this changed in the 2000s, he was already taking extreme precautions to protect himself.

Magda Hassan
12-13-2013, 04:52 AM
An Inside Look At the Israeli Spy Agency's Secret Kill List http://thumbs.policymic.com/vgw73xoka4xrRwP6VSiZ0BrNVGo=/25x25/smart/http%3A%2F%2Fs3.amazonaws.com%2Fpmbucket%2Fsite%2F users%2F65763%2Foriginal.png (http://www.policymic.com/profiles/65763/nina-ippolito) By Nina Ippolito (http://www.policymic.com/profiles/65763/nina-ippolito) December 10, 2013
An Inside Look At the Israeli Spy Agency's Secret Kill List Image Credit: AP (http://ap.org) Last Tuesday, a Hezbollah leader named Hussein Al-Laqis (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-12-05/who-killed-hassan-al-lakis/5138762) was shot in the head (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-25211759) at close range outside of Beirut, Lebanon, raising questions as to Israel’s role in the targeted killing.
Al-Laqis was a weapons-manufacturing expert who procured arms, computers, cameras, drones, and other high-tech gear for the militant Shi’a group, and according to Foreign Policy (http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/12/04/israels_kill_list_the_mossad_campaign_to_kill_its_ foes#sthash.HpyUqoL2.dpbs), he was part of an elite class of Hezbollah fighters with “advanced operational, organizational, and technological capabilities.”
While Israel has denied involvement in the assassination, Al-Laqis fits the profile of several other high-ranking operatives who have been picked off over the years, as investigative reporter Ronen Bergman, the author of The Secret War With Iran (http://www.amazon.com/The-Secret-War-Iran-Clandestine/dp/B002BWQ4QY), points out.
Here, then, is a comparison between Al-Laqis and several of his fellow fallen associates, which may constitute an unofficial hit list by Mossad, Israel's formidable intelligence agency.
1. Imad Mughniyeh

http://thumbs.policymic.com/Gozz3wAyTAziOwnWT9b1ScnldKI=/0x0:800x556/filters:quality%2885%29:strip_icc%281%29/s3.amazonaws.com%2Fpolicymic-images%2Fa3f49dd755bfcb163e0f738ce7432d86ad57600c1 b793ddd48b8135ebefbeca0.jpg Before he was killed by a car bomb in Damascus, Syria, in February 2008, Imad Mighniyeh (http://news.intelwire.com/2011/05/declassified-state-department-cables-on.html) was Hezbollah's top ranking military commander, had a hand in some of the group's most notorious acts of violence, and was on the United States' list of Most Wanted Terrorists. Mighniyeh was implicated in the deadly 1983 United States embassy (http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2013/04/207663.htm) and barracks (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24627182) bombings in Beiruit; the hijacking of TWA 847 (http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,142099,00.html); the kidnapping, torture, and murder of Western hostages, including a CIA station chief; the bombing of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina; and the 1996 Khobar Towers (http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/terrorists_spies/terrorists/khobar_towers/1_index.html) bombing in Saudi Arabia. He was also involved in the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers that precipitated the 2006 conflict between Lebanon and Israel. While Israel officially denies assassinating Mughniyeh, the country is widely suspected (http://content.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1712866,00.html) of it.

2. Muhammad Suleiman

http://thumbs.policymic.com/D4HXUxdeooFdU1_HBzQw2f7_YeI=/0x0:620x388/filters:quality%2885%29:strip_icc%281%29/s3.amazonaws.com%2Fpolicymic-images%2F4bb48cce092df0d7ec4a8d7c20ef40835708b269f 24fd7913546842e9b08bcba.jpg Muhammad Suleiman was a high-ranking general in the Syrian Army, and from the mid-90s until his death, he was Bashar al-Assad's go-to for everything from weapons procurement, to exporting arms to Hezbollah, to the development of what may have been a nuclear facility (http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/the-story-of-operation-orchard-how-israel-destroyed-syria-s-al-kibar-nuclear-reactor-a-658663.html). In 2008, Suleiman was shot (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/aug/05/syria.lebanon) on the beach while vacationing at his chalet. While Israel is suspected of the killing, it could also have been the result of internecine Syrian squabbling, according to a French cable (http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/wikileaks-france-doubted-israeli-role-in-syrian-general-s-assassination-1.378195) revealed by Wikileaks.

3. Hassan Tehrani Moghaddam

http://thumbs.policymic.com/-30ZNNRppyL4zbshuNLHIvfRYEQ=/0x0:600x418/filters:quality%2885%29:strip_icc%281%29/s3.amazonaws.com%2Fpolicymic-images%2F8f1066f0b04358e324d8cb52f76bddb506ff2f079 e2cff4db9e1d3bdeaddc48b.jpg A general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, Hassan Tehrani Moghaddam (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/15/world/middleeast/iran-mourns-missile-commander-killed-in-blast.html) helmed Iran's missile program from 1983 onward, and refined the country's long-range ballistics capabilities. He was killed in a November 2011 explosion that could be felt 30 miles away, and which falls into a pattern of bombings and shootings of Iranian scientists involved with the country's nuclear program.

4. Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh http://thumbs.policymic.com/2tbaakZuZPd-pbiGSSbqBwPCqVY=/9x9:550x367/filters:quality%2885%29:strip_icc%281%29/s3.amazonaws.com%2Fpolicymic-images%2Fb30ee39c7a99f6b854ca34ec959ed13f710c78ff9 42d8580806f6129d87c59d7.jpg Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8523093.stm) was a senior military commander of Hamas who was responsible for procuring weapons and maintaining ties with Iran, and may have been behind the 1989 kidnapping and murder of two Israeli soldiers. In 2010, Al-Mabhouh was drugged and suffocated in a luxury hotel room in Dubai, leading to an international scandal, as it came to light that several dozen Mossad agents had traveled to the United Arab Emirates using fake European passports (http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/an-eye-for-an-eye-the-anatomy-of-mossad-s-dubai-operation-a-739908-3.html), ostensibly in order to monitor and kill Al-Mabhouh.

5. Hussein Al-Laqis http://thumbs.policymic.com/O7lkU57JIZDIN-jhVL_aHafmDgs=/201x41:656x545/filters:quality%2885%29:strip_icc%281%29/s3.amazonaws.com%2Fpolicymic-images%2F35ce6e13d4d69ad3edcebc5fdb5bc2f39e0919925 98da489cb119a162ffa53b0.jpg Which brings us back to last week's targeted killing of Al-Laqis. While several unknown groups attempted to claim responsibility (http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.561638) for the assassination on Twitter, Hezbollah was quick to blame Israel for the killing, and Israel was equally quick to deny any involvement. It is possible that another group was responsible; the Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/possible-culprits-in-hezbollah-commanders-killing/2013/12/04/b4ec5caa-5d06-11e3-8d24-31c016b976b2_story.html)suggests that Syrian rebels, Al-Qaeda linked groups, and even Saudi Arabia could be behind the murder of Al-Laqis. However, it seems equally likely that Al-Laqis' death comes as part of a concerted effort to dismantle the networks responsible for bringing arms into Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine.