Hezbollah blames killing of top commander in Damascus on insurgent shelling

Adnan (C-L) and Hassan Badreddine (C-R), brothers of slain top Hezbollah commander Mustafa Badreddine who was killed in an attack in Syria, mourn next to his casket during the funeral  in the Ghobeiry neighbourhood of southern Beirut on May 13, 2016. Hezbollah announced that Badreddine had been killed in an attack in Syria where the Shiite militant group has deployed thousands of fighters in support of the Damascus regime. The group said it was still investigating the cause of the blast near Damascus airport but it did not immediately point the finger at Israel as it did when the commander's predecessor was assassinated in the Syrian capital in 2008. / AFP / ANWAR AMRO
Hezbollah announced that Badreddine had been killed in an attack in Syria where the Shiite militant group has deployed thousands of fighters in support of the Damascus regime. / AFP / ANWAR AMRO

Hezbollah says its top military commander was killed in Syria by insurgent shelling.

Mustafa Badreddine died in an explosion in Damascus, Lebanon’s Iran-backed militant group said Friday. He was leading Hezbollah’s effort to help Syrian President Bashar Assad fight off militant groups trying to overthrow him.

Badreddine’s death may be considered the most serious loss to the militant group since the 2008 assassination of Imad Mughniyeh, who was his cousin and predecessor. Mughniyeh was killed in a joint operation by the CIA and Israel’s Mossad spy agency, reports said.

The group says the blast that killed Mustafa Badreddine near the Damascus International Airport was caused by artillery shelling by “takfiri” groups, a term Hezbollah uses to refer to Sunni extremists.

The group said in a statement Saturday that Badreddine’s killing will only boost Hezbollah’s “will and intention to continue fighting these criminal gangs.”

Hezbollah has sent thousands of fighters to Syria to back President Bashar Assad’s government against militants trying to remove him from power.

The views expressed in Op-Ed pieces are those of the author and do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of Libyan Express.
How to submit an Op-Ed: Libyan Express accepts opinion articles on a wide range of topics. Submissions may be sent to oped@libyanexpress.com. Please include ‘Op-Ed’ in the subject line.
Azara Media Azara Media
You might also like

Submit a Correction

For: Hezbollah blames killing of top commander in Damascus on insurgent shelling

Your suggestion have been successfully submitted

There was an error while trying to send your request. Please try again.

Libyan Express will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing.