Who is Behind the Assassination of Syrian Nuclear Engineers?

Who Is Killing Syrian Nuclear Engineers?
TEHRAN (FNA)

It’s a question many people in Syria – and those who watch the country closely around the world – were asking on Sunday, November 9: Who is killing nuclear engineers in Syria?

Obviously, the terror network of foreign intelligence agencies – that in a covert war continues to target Iranian nuclear scientists, technicians, nuclear/military plants, and computer systems – is at it again: This time in Syria.

The intelligence agencies are the key suspects in the assassination of five Syrian “nuclear engineers” in Damascus. The incident has removed any doubts whatsoever about their terror network, designed to ratchet up pressure on Syria, blunt its nuclear program, slow down its technological progress, and distract its attention from reaching self-sufficiently in all scientific spheres through its own abilities and work.

Reports say the engineers were assassinated near a research center in the northern part of the Syrian capital. They were all shot dead when their bus was ambushed on the way to the nuclear research center. Syrian officials have made no comments on the incident. But Hezbollah’s Internal Security officials in Lebanon say, “The assassination was carried out by Israel in a joint program to hurt the ‘Axis of Resistance’ i.e., Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah.”

They cite the assassination in December 2013 of Hassan Laqqis, a high-ranking official, who was tied to Hezbollah’s technical programs, including advanced drone and missile technology.

An internal Hezbollah and Lebanese Army investigation later determined the assassins had infiltrated the country by sea, staked out the parking lot of his apartment complex, shot dead Laqqis at close range, and departed the country within hours – a hallmark of similar assassinations attributed to Israel. Hezbollah’s Internal Security officials say this time, however, that militants working for Israel carried out the November 9 attack in Damascus.

It’s a sign that those responsible for the attack might be more than just one foreign intelligence agency or militant group opposed to the government in Syria. While Israel has maintained its policy of ambiguity, Mossad is very likely involved in this joint venture with foreign intelligence agencies.

Judging by the sophistication, the number of events, and the widespread terror networks throughout Syria and the region, it makes sense to see the Sunday attack as a combined operation. The attacks are meant to strike fear among nuclear workers who risk their lives by working in the program, deter potential recruits, and land a blow to the prestige of the Syrian leadership – Israel’s number one enemy.

In previous years, key figures from other organizations that are enemies of Israel have also been assassinated under a fog of plausible deniability. In 2008, Hezbollah military chief Imad Mughniyeh was assassinated in Damascus. In 2010, Hamas military chief Mohmoud Mabhouh was assassinated in Dubai – whose police chief accused the Mossad and cited foreign passports. The Mossad agents have dual nationality. So the reality is that behind the scenes, there are intimate connections between the Mossad and other intelligence agencies, mainly the CIA and Britain’s MI6.

For instance, after Mossad’s botched 1997 assassination attempt against Hamas political leader Khaled Mashal in Jordan, Israel’s role became public when it was compelled to provide an “antidote” to the nerve toxin it had used against Mashal. The prime minister who ordered the assassination at the time was Benjamin Netanyahu, who has since returned to the job and argues for strong action to thwart the nuclear programs of Iran and Syria, as well as the missile programs of Hezbollah and Hamas.

Sadly, the international community remains soundless to these outrageous actions, even though the covert campaign to murder Syrian nuclear workers goes against international law. Likewise, the silence of governments in the West is questionable: It clearly shows their calls on defending democracy and human rights, or global fight against state terrorism are but a political weapon and a lie; hence, null and void.