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SCOOP: Mossad Failed Assassination Against Lebanese Security Chief with Suspected Hezbollah Links

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Truck used by Lebanese policeman in failed suicide attack against Lebanese security chief.

My Israeli source tells me that the Mossad perpetrated today’s bombing at a security checkpoint entering the Bekaa Valley.  The target of the failed assassination attempt was Lebanon’s security chief, Abbas Ibrahim, who is a Shiite with close connections to Hezbollah (at least this is what Israeli intelligence believes).  Ibrahim himself told Lebanese media that he suspected the Mossad of involvement.  In a separate report in Reuters, Ibrahim blamed Sunni extremists.  The bombing followed by one hour Lebanon’s arrest of Sunni militants inside a Beirut hotel who were suspected of plotting terror attacks.  I don’t know whether these arrests are connected to the bomb plot and/or the Mossad itself.

My source confirms that Mossad intended the attack as a reprisal for the assassination of two Israeli intelligence agents, Miriam and Emanuel Riva in Brussels several weeks ago.  Israeli intelligence blames Hezbollah’s Unit 133 for that attack, as I’ve reported here.

Another signature of the Mossad, as my source explains, is that only a few hours before the assassination attempt, the Daily Star published an item leaked to it by sources with some connection to Israeli intelligence, which claimed Sunni jihadists were behind the plot.  This could’ve been a red herring meant to divert Lebanese investigators from the real perpetrators.  Though the source would not confirm a collaboration between the Israelis and the jihadists, that too remains a possibility.  The Mossad is known for such coordination in similar assassinations in Iran, in which it worked with both Sunni dissidents and the MeK in killing Iranian scientists and orchestrated other acts of terror.

The Mossad is not known for suicide assassinations.  But Sunni Islamists are.  This might be another piece of evidence pointing to collaboration.

Another possibility is that the Mossad sought to point the finger at the Sunnis when they weren’t involved at all.  This would deflect attention from Mossad involvement.  This is what happened just before Israel’s 1995 assassination of Islamic Jihad leader, Fathi Shikaki, when false information was leaked claiming a violent internal split with IJ.  This allowed Israel to claim he’d been murdered by his fellow militants.

Hezbollah itself tried to divert attention from its alleged role in the Riva attack, when media reported that the suspected killer traveled to Syria to fight with Sunni insurgents there.  This report was apparently false.

What’s especially dangerous about this attack if it was a Mossad operation, is that the Israelis usually target officials of Islamist militant groups like Hezbollah or Hamas.  They rarely target officials of foreign governments.  When they do, it’s usually military officials (or in Iran’s case, nuclear scientists).  I can’t recall any previous example of Israel trying to kill a Lebanese government official.  In any case, this attack, if the work of Mossad, is a blatant violation of international law and a blatant example of state terror.

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  • Lou June 20, 2014, 11:25 PM


    “A suicide bomber killed one person and wounded 37 in an attack at a security checkpoint in Lebanon on Friday that narrowly missed a top security official who said he had been told Islamist militants wanted to assassinate him”

    So Mossad is dispatching suicide bombers? Okay.

  • Oui June 20, 2014, 11:44 PM
  • Oui June 20, 2014, 11:46 PM

    Julie Abou Araj, an Israeli reporter, denied obtaining information from the Israeli Mossad on an assassination bid targeting General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim, questioning the timing of the report hours ahead of Dahr al-Baydar blast.

    A ‘suicide’ car bomb isn’t the modus operandi of the Israel Mossad. Perhaps a prepared car or truck could be used in a high-profile assassination.

    It appears the real target was politician Nahim Berri expected to attend a meeting at the UNESCO Palace in Beirut.

  • Oui June 21, 2014, 12:41 AM

    Lebanese army seized top al Qaeda-linked militant Naim Abbas, linked to booby-trapped cars in Beirut – Feb. 12, 2014.

    The latest event has many of the hallmarks of the piggy-back Saudi-Israel relationship in the Hariri assassination of 2005. Mossad gains intelligence of the car bombing by Salafist militants and manipulated evidence and the investigation to point fingers at the Syrian government. The Bush-Cheney administration was complicit to play-out the neocon playbook for the Middle East.

  • גיא June 21, 2014, 1:07 AM

    ממתי המוסד שולח מתאבדים בדיוק? זוהי דרך הפעולה של המוסד?
    וברור, רק לך המקור הבכיר יספר…
    אין שום אינטרס לחסל את אותו לבנוני. לך יש אינטרס להאשים את מדינת ישראל וזרועותיה בכל דבר שקורה.

    • Oui June 21, 2014, 2:42 AM

      The Mossad, or whatever assassin institute the state of Israel runs, usually sends and packs the explosives and detonate these by remote control. Covering its tracks and manipulating evidence is part of the deceit. In the end, terror begets more terror.

      • גיא June 21, 2014, 1:10 PM

        שלא תבין שלא נכון – המוסד עושה פעולות כאלו, וטוב שכך. כל מה שכתבת נכון, ואני כישראלי מתגאה בכך. כך בדיוק צריך לפעול ארגון שכזה – לחסל אוייבים ולהגן על המדינה. אני רק מציין, שזו דרך פעולה שאיננה אופיינית למוסד ןה”מקור” לפי מה שמופיע באתרים אחרים, הוא הקולנל שניצל מחיסול. אז להגיד שזה מגיע ממקור בטחוני ישראלי, זה פשוט לא נכון. ואגב, לא צריך להאשים בהכל את המוסד. כפי שאתה בוודאי יודע, את חרירי חיסל החזיבאללה בשירות סוריה – וזה כבר מוכח, ואם נסתכל על מה שקורה בסוריה, עיראק, לוב, מצריים, ואפילו בלבנון, נוכל לראות כי פלגים כאלו או אחרים בעולם הערבי מנסים לחסל זה את זה, טובחים זה בזה, ושחטים זה את זה. ולגבי המשפט האחרון שלך – את צודק במאה אחוז. הפיתרון הוא אחד – שהמדינה הזאת לא תתקיים במזרח התיכון. כל עוד מדינת ישראל חיה וקיימת – נצטרך להילחם על חיינו.

  • Ron Temis June 21, 2014, 6:48 AM

    A source high enough to know what the Mossad is doing on extremely sensitive cases and he runs to some anti-Zionist in Seattle and no one in Mossad has figured out who this is. RIGHT

    • Pat Nyguyen June 21, 2014, 1:27 PM

      [comment deleted: You’re already moderated. Any future comment rule violation could lead to losing your comment privileges completely.]

    • Hey June 21, 2014, 1:41 PM

      I would be careful questioning the source – the blog owner seems to take very personally any questions.
      But just to add to your inquiry, have you noticed how this alleged source suffers not from the confines of compartmentalized information, one of the basic tenets of security organizations? It knows everything about assassinations, UAVs, internal government politics, military maneuvers, etc etc etc. It is as if God himself was reaching out to enlighten Seattle.

      Of course, without any proof but with repeated failures. But we are not supposed to discuss that, lest we be moderated. Free speech be damned…

      • Richard Silverstein June 21, 2014, 7:34 PM

        @ Hey: You are a “bear of very little brain.” There are thousands of official Israeli sources for information of this kind. Some in the intelligence agencies, some in the IDF. My information comes from someone who knows hundreds of such officials and gleans the information from all over. He offers information that his official sources want to tell him. He’s not Edward Snowden. Not even Daniel Ellsberg. He doesn’t steal anything. He doesn’t report anything his source don’t want him to report.

        What I do is shape what I’ve been told, add my own research, and produce work that amplifies what my source tells me.

        • Hey June 22, 2014, 7:23 AM


          Sure.Everyone is an idiot but you – it is *clear* that your source is the headmaster of the Israeli Plumbing Union, since ‘hundreds’ of leakers know his contact information but those charged with preventing leaks do not.

          If that’s what you need to tell yourself…

          Now a procedural question: does your ‘amplificating work’ necessitate proof or is that a detail left aside in the interest of amplificating your ‘work’ ?

          Inquiring minds want to know.

          • Richard Silverstein June 22, 2014, 7:06 PM

            @Hey: Before I called you “of very little brain.” Now you’ve progressed to idiot, I’m afraid. NO ONE in Israel’s intelligence community prevents leaks the intelligence community (or elements within it) wants leaked. Clearly, they want this information to leak. Now, you may fret and gnash your teeth wondering why in heavens name they’d leak to someone like me. But you’ll have to get over it I’m afraid. Because, it’s happening whether you like it or not.

            amplificating work

            Could you use spell check or some form of English language aid. This neologism of yours was painful to read. It’s “amplification.” Amplification involves adding my own interpretation of the data provided me. If I have questions about the information, disagree with the spin I’ve been given by my source, or do research that amplifies the small amount of data leaked to me–that is “amplification.” Again, just because you don’t like what I write & resent an Israeli official leaking to me, doesn’t rebut the fact that the relationship exists. Boohoo is all I can to you.

            Your mind is not “inquiring.” It is closed like the wall at the Hoover Dam.

    • Richard Silverstein June 21, 2014, 7:28 PM

      @ Ron Temis: I’m not an anti-Zionist. But YOU are moderated for breaking a major comment rule.

      I wonder why you empty-headed hasbarists haven’t figured out that whoever provides my source information wants my readers to know the information being leaked. The Mossad leaks just like every other Israeli government agency does.

  • Lou June 21, 2014, 8:47 PM

    I wonder if the suicide bomber was a Jew, and if he wasn’t, what motivated him to die for Israel?

    • Richard Silverstein June 22, 2014, 2:24 AM

      @ Lou: Read my comment rules. YOu may think you’re being smart & witty. But if your questions come across as snark, they don’t amuse me in the least, nor are they smart or witty. Instead they come across as obtuse & stupid.

      • Lou June 22, 2014, 11:36 AM

        And your conclusion that Mossad is dispatching suicide bombers in Lebanon is neither obtuse nor stupid?

        • Richard Silverstein June 22, 2014, 7:00 PM

          @Lou: Right, my source with information provided to him by Israeli military or intelligence (NOT “my conclusion” as you falsely claimed) is neither ‘obtuse’ nor ‘stupid.’ In fact, it’s just one of 100 or more scoops he’s provided me, with a batting average of .900+. Not bad by major league baseball standards.

  • Hey June 24, 2014, 6:15 AM


    Seriously? Are you going to point out my English to try and avoid the hard points? Shall i bring out your repeated and documented lack of basic Hebrew understanding?
    But i wouldn’t. Unlike you, I’m not desperate for attention.

    Enjoy your ‘source’, Richard Silverstein, may you and it enjoy peace and health for 120 years to see how Israel flourishes.

    • Richard Silverstein June 24, 2014, 1:41 PM

      @ Hey: I think smug, self-satisfied Israel apologists deserve to have their linguistic errors noted.

      When you volunteer to translate articles from Hebrew for me, then you can criticize my errors. BTW, there are so many pro-Israel readers of this blog that if I ever made an error, they would point it out. If I ever do make a mistake in future do point it out to me. I believe in correcting mistakes when they’re made.

      • Hey June 25, 2014, 7:08 AM

        [Comment deleted-comments must offer proof rather than state unfounded opinions]

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