NI2According to Lebanese media sources a Lebanese Judge has indicted two men for planning to assassinate Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt at the behest of a Syrian intelligence agent.

In May 2015 Walid Jumblatt testified before the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) at The Hague which is investigating the assassination in 2005 of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.

Jumblatt and Hariri were close political allies and Jumblatt has had a tumultuous relationship with the Syrian leadership for years, worsened by the assassination of Hariri and the subsequent investigation.

His evidence to the tribunal was described as clear, straightforward and precise. He accused the Syrian regime, and more specifically Assad, for orchestrating the killing of Hariri.

Jumblatt is no stranger to the Syrian campaign of assassinations in Lebanon. His own father Kamal Jumblatt, was murdered in 1977, less than a year after the military intervention of Bashar al Assad’s father Hafez al-Assad’s army in Lebanon.

The Druze leader stressed in The Hague that the Syrian regime was behind the assassination of Hariri. He also referred to the series of “mysterious and sudden deaths” of senior Syrian officers. Jumblatt said these “political liquidations” specifically targeted the officers who served in Lebanon or were linked to the Lebanese file and who received their orders from Bashar al-Assad.

At least half a dozen Lebanese politicians and journalists were liquidated by Syrian agents including Samir Kassir a journalist killed on 2nd June 2005. George Hawi, a former Communist Party leader and anti-Syrian politician, was killed by a bomb planted under his car in June 2005. May Chidiac, prominent TV anchor-woman, of the leading anti-Syrian TV station LBC lost an arm and a leg from a bomb placed under her car in the same year.  Pierre Gemayel, the industry minister and a prominent Christian politician, was shot dead by gunmen in a Beirut suburb the following year.

The Head of Lebanon’s internal intelligence Wissam al- Hassan was murdered in 2012. In December 2013 Mohamad Chatah, a fierce critic of Assad, was killed along with at least 4 others. Chatah, a Sunni Muslim, opposed to Hezbollah’s political and military role in Lebanon, was on his way to attend a meeting when the explosion occurred.

The common link between these victims and many others was that all of them were opposed to the Syrian regime.

Many observers in the Middle East, believe that the Syrian regime will continue its campaign of assassinations in Lebanon to destabilize the country. It has tried but so far failed to destabilize Jordan and Turkey.

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6 Comments on "Walid Jumblatt: Next On Assad’s List?"

  1. mahatmacoatmabag | 20th September 2016 at 12:54 pm | Reply

    Assad’s regime is the real Murder Incorporated of the Mid-East. Assad & his thugs are gangsters in charge of a state. Obama will be remembered as the worst president in the history of United States for among other disasters he has caused by neglect, incompetence or deliberate mischief making such as the Arab Spring, the other throw of Mubarak , Qaddafi , failure to leave troops in Iraq & the failure 4 years ago to stop the murdereous Assad regime from turning Sunni civil disobedience into the wholesale slaughter of the Sunni majority. Add to that Obama allowing Iran to go nuclear & along with allowing Iran, Assad and Hezbollah turning much of the Mid-East into a Shia versus Sunni war zone with no end insight & now Russian involvement too. I have no doubt that Assad intends to eliminate Lebanese leaders such as Jumblatt as he has eliminated already scores of Lebanese political & religious leaders, military officers & media people. Assad is unlikely ever to be brought to trial for his crimes at best we can hope he is killed by his own people but this is unlikely since his supporters are no better than him & if Clinton becomes the next POTUS there will be no resolution of the wars in the Mid-East because she is even more useless than Obama in dealing with dictatorial regimes.

  2. Thanks Mahatmacoatmabag I agree entirely as regards Obama, the Assad regime, Iraq and Iran. As for Clinton I don’t wish to pre-judge her as she has not been elected and may not be elected.

  3. Not every misfortune in the Middle East is the fault of the United States and the following players (in no particular order) have also played their part

    Shia vs Sunni Islam
    The French
    The Iranians
    President Assad
    The Italians
    The British
    The Russians
    The United Nations / League of Nations
    Turkey
    Israel
    Oil
    Religion
    The PLO
    Hamas

    In short, the whole situation is a mess and blaming it all on President Obama is stupid. As for Walid Jumblatt I’m surprised that he’s still alive, I was in Beirut in the 1980’s whilst the civil war was taking place and I remember him being mentioned on the news.

  4. Thanks Peter for a comprehensive list. You did not include the Chinese who used the veto at the UN Security Council to protect the Assad’s regime on at least two occasions.

  5. And thank you for the addition to the list, any more will be welcome. Fortunately I was a neutral party in 1980’s Beirut, my fool of a boss sent me there to repair some equipment after arranging kidnap insurance. I fixed the fault and three weeks after my visit the building containing my customer was demolished in a direct hit.

    C’est la vie

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