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Beirut – The so-called Hezbollah, based in Lebanon, recently accused “radical extremists” groups of standing behind the assassination of one of its protuberant leaders, Mustafa Badreddine, in Damascus.

The self-styled Hezbollah group spoke of an alleged shelling which targeted one of its central locations near the Damascus International Airport; fingers were being kept from pointing towards Israel on Badreddine’s death.

Instead, the group promoted for a different scenario, which steers clear from Israel’s involvement, and accounts Syrian Opposition factions responsible for the operation.

However, none of the Syrian Opposition members claimed the operation. Moreover, the fact that the capacities of the Syrian Opposition are knowingly insufficient, which also at closest are located 12 kilometers away from the airport, makes it unfeasible for any of the factions to carry out such an operation.

The breach through the tough security measures established by militant Hezbollah groups would require more than what the average Syrian Opposition armed group is capable of. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed that all claims raised against the Syrian Opposition are false and has urged the so-called Hezbollah to reveal real conditions and details on Badreddine’s death in Syria.

On the other hand, Syrian Opposition groups had different analysis on the truth behind the killing of the highly controversial Hezbollah leader. Syrian Opposition groups suggested that Badreddine’s death is a clear inner take-out operation reflecting the flurry raging among Russians and Iranians in Damascus.

Stories told by Hezbollah officials on Badreddine’s death did not fall in line with each other, especially during the first few hours post the “Ghost”, another name which Badreddine went by, was announced dead. Intertwining information enhances the odds on the Russian-Iranian internal razes actually being the play behind Badreddine’s death.

A.F.P., an international news agency headquartered in Paris, also reported a Syrian security source confirming that the blast which allegedly killed Badreddine occurred on Thursday, late evening.

However, no fly over sounds were heard prior to the explosion, in addition to no one being able to verify Badreddine’s presence at the setting, the source added.

In 2011, Badreddine and other three people were charged for involvement in the assassination of former Lebanon Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL).

Badreddine was specifically accused of planning and supervising the assassination by the tribunal. Accusations about him and other three Hezbollah members were based on mobile phone evidence. Hasan Nasrallah, Secretary General of the so-called Hezbollah, threatened the tribunal upon its declaration. Since then, Badreddine and the others have disappeared and allegedly fled to Iran.

Badreddine was put to the list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists by the US Treasury Department in 2012 due to his alleged role as top military commander, replacing Mugniyah, another commander of the so-Hezbollah who died in 2008.

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