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March 12, 2005

Syria and terrorism: Syria moves intel headquarters to Hizbullah sector in Beirut

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

And Syria claims it doesn't support terrorism! How about moving their intelligence headquarters into a Beirut neighborhood controlled by Hizbullah, is that not just a little revealing?

Lebanese opposition sources said the Syrian military moved office in Lebanon from the so-called Beaurivage to southern Beirut. The sources said the transfer was completed over the last week as part of an effort to lower the Syrian profile in Beirut and central Lebanon.

The sources said Syria maintains up to 50,000 intelligence agents "both Lebanese and Syrian" to ensure its control over its western neighbor.

[In Brussels, the European Parliament voted in a non-binding resolution to deem Hizbullah a terrorist group, Middle East Newsline reported. But the parliament rejected a motion to include Hizbullah on the EU's list of terrorist organizations.]

"The Syrians aren't going anywhere," an opposition source with connections in Lebanese intelligence said. "They are fusing with Hizbullah while pretending to pull out some troops from Lebanon."

The Hizbullah-controlled neighborhoods in southern Beirut have been off-limits to Lebanese troops or police. The neighborhoods served to conceal U.S. nationals abducted by Hizbullah in the 1980s.

Looks as though Syria is still in the business of subterfuge and terrorism. Bashar Assad is not going to leave Syria without more pressure from the world community. Syria has very strong financial interests in Lebanon, plus it's long-term political and military ties.

Posted by Hyscience at March 12, 2005 3:21 PM

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