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Iran Brig. Gen. Hassan Shateri killed in last Israeli bombing in Syria?
This is about the twelfth story we've had sent to the Burg in the last few days about Shateri. May I ask that future posts and referrals focus on anything new that comes up?
The Free Syrian Army, one of the main rebel forces battling to topple Assad's minority Alawite regime, claimed Thursday that Shateri, along with several aides, was killed in Israel's Jan. 30 airstrike on Jamraya, near Zabadani.

There were unconfirmed reports at the time that there had been Iranian casualties in the air raid but FSA officials said the death of Shateri and his officers weren't disclosed at the time because to have done so would have had "consequences."

This wasn't explained but the Israelis claimed they blasted a convoy that was transporting Syrian-provided, Russian-built SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles to Lebanon for Hezbollah which would have directly challenged Israel's long-held absolute air superiority over Lebanon for the first time.

Direct Iranian involvement in that alleged operation would have raised the stakes in the 22-month-old Syrian civil war to dangerous levels, that could trigger an Iranian response against the Jewish state at a time when the two rivals were locked in a potentially explosive confrontation over Iran's nuclear program.

It's not clear whether the FSA's purpose on this is to emphasize the extent of Iran's involvement in the war in hopes of persuading the reluctant Americans and their European allies they must drop their refusal to intervene militarily to support the rebel campaign to oust the 43-year Assad regime.

But the welter of often contradictory reports concerning the slaying of Shateri reflects the increasing complexity of the Syrian civil war.

It also sheds a glimmer of light on the clandestine nature of the conflict that many believe threatens a regional sectarian war and the subterfuge that permeates it.

For one thing, the killing shows Shateri's security was penetrated by his enemies, a serious setback for the Iranians.

The one sure thing that seems to be emerging in the aftermath of Shateri's assassination, although it's still not clear who was behind it, is that he was a man of importance in Iran's efforts to retain its power and influence in the Levant through Syria and Hezbollah.
Posted by:Water Modem

#12  In Tehran, the influential IRGC preacher, Hojjat-ol-Eslam Mehdi Ta’eb, declared Wednesday in a sermon that Syria’s importance to the Islamic Republic is greater even than the oil region of Khuzestan in southern Iran.
Posted by: Water Modem   2013-02-17 22:37  

#11   LINK Debka is saying the IRGC is vowing "Dire Revenge".
Posted by: Water Modem   2013-02-17 22:34  

#10  ....or in my case, multiplication and division.
Posted by: Besoeker   2013-02-17 16:21  

#9  Heck. I would have been a civil engineer if it hadn't been for the calculus. Or maybe the algebra.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey   2013-02-17 16:16  

#8  Snark o'the Day to Frank G. Even if, possibly, it's not snark at all.
Posted by: trailing wife   2013-02-17 16:04  

#7  Serpentine Hassan! Serpentine!

whoops, nvr mnd.
Posted by: Shipman   2013-02-17 15:05  

#6  This. This is what happens to those pretending to be Civil Engineers. The penalties are .....stiff
Posted by: Frank G   2013-02-17 14:44  

#5  It's either the Mossad or Uncle Vinny, if you owe Vinny money, he'll find you, you owe the Mossad ANYTHING they will find you.

Too bad some field officer didn't get to do the honors with a skull tap. That sends a more subtle and disturbing message than an air strike that oh by the way happened to whack this guy.
Posted by: Bill Clinton   2013-02-17 14:40  

#4  More good details about the gentleman at the link. He was a senior Al Quds officer, a member of Hizb'allah's Revolutionary Council as Iran's "Special Representative of the President of the Islamic Republic." since 2006, and controlled a budget of US$200 million/year....pretending to be a civil engineer.

I wonder If Israel had his cell phone bugged? Goodness knows they found him easily enough...
Posted by: trailing wife   2013-02-17 13:37  

#3  “The trick is not to get killed. That's really the key to the benefits program.” Vincent Riccardo, CIA

The late Peter Falk as Vincent Riccardo: The In-Laws.
Posted by: Besoeker   2013-02-17 11:47  

#2  Sniff. I love a story with a happy ending.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia   2013-02-17 11:39  

#1  ...Shame about the General. Popcorn, anyone?

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski   2013-02-17 11:30