Al Jazeera: Iran behind PAN AM bombing over Lockerbie


lockerbie wreckThe disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jet, along with new revelations about the Pan Am 103 bombing over Lockerbie, are chilling reminders of the risks involved in flying

It is a gruesome coincidence that a new development in the case of Pan Am 103, the airliner blown up over Lockerbie in 1988, should arrive just as the world is transfixed by another aviation disaster, in the shape of a missing Malaysia Airlines jet. Yet it is oddly apt, too. It was that act of aggression, which killed 270 people, that did most to draw our attention to the vulnerabilities of air travel, and to institute the tightening of security checks – which were further strengthened after the 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington.

Now, an Al Jazeera investigation appears to have established that the Pan Am bombing was organized by the Iranians. This had long been suspected – but the new evidence seems to confirm that Tehran conspired with Syrian-linked terrorists to target the American airliner in revenge for the accidental shooting-down of an Iranian plane by the USS Vincennes in the Persian Gulf earlier in the year.

It may therefore be possible that the only man to be jailed for the bombing, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, a Libyan security officer, was innocent of planting the device – as his defence team consistently claimed before he was controversially released from prison on compassionate grounds. The investigation indicates that while Col Gaddafi’s regime may have been involved in the planning, Libya accepted responsibility and paid compensation in order to get sanctions lifted.

Had Pan Am 103 exploded over the Atlantic as planned, rather than over land, its fate could well be as mysterious as that of Flight MH370 currently is. Both events, however, are reminders of the need for vigilance – not least, in the current instance, over how two people with stolen passports managed to get on board. Flying is still safer than it has ever been. But it takes great efforts to keep it so.

The Telegraph



4 responses to “Al Jazeera: Iran behind PAN AM bombing over Lockerbie”

  1. nagy_michael2 Avatar

    So Al Jazeera found the evidence but CIA and FBI didn’t? or did the American gov’t concealed the evidence and never mentioned it. If its true that Iran was behind it, let’s the chicken Obama will do about it.

    1. wargame1 Avatar

      In the year 2000 a senior Iranian intelligence service defector Ahmad Behbahani has said that Iran, not Libya, masterminded the Lockerbie bombing and it had Syrian regime connection too.

      Ahmad Behbahani also said that Iran was responsible for the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community centre in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires. Mr Behbahani – who was interviewed in Turkey – told CBS’s 60 Minutes programme that until recently he had been responsible for all “terrorist” operations carried out by the Iranian Government beyond its borders. Mr Behbahani confessed that he himself had first suggested the plan to bomb the Pan Am flight to Ahmad Jibril, who heads a Syrian-backed armed group, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command.PFLP-GC
      NOW that terrorist Ahmed Jibril , a former captain in the Syrian army is PFLP-GC leader.On June 5, 2011 the 44th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of Syria’s southern Golan Heights, the PFLP-GC, a faction long allied with the Assad regime, helped organize hundreds of Palestinians from Yarmouk to travel to the Golan Heights. When Palestinians attempted to cross the border fence, 20 were shot dead and some 270 others wounded by Israeli soldiers, the second such incident within that month, prompting global headlines. The shootings were all filmed live by state-run Syria TV. Never before had the Syrian regime allowed Palestinians, Syrians or any Arabs to attempt to cross its border with Israel.
      attempted to make a speech lambasting Israel at the funerals in Yarmouk, enraged mourners threw stones at him, accusing Jibril of manipulating the Palestinian cause to serve the Assad regime. Protesters then attacked the PFLP-GC’s
      headquarters in Yarmouk with stones, prompting guards to open fire, killing 11 young Palestinian men
      There is unconfirmed evidence that the carefully orchestrated move to allow Palestinian protesters to cross the border with Israel came from the highest ranks of the regime. An allegedly leaked memo from the office of the Mayor of Quneitra, the closest Syrian town to the Golan border, describes how Assef Shawkat, President Assad’s brother-in-law, the former chief of military intelligence and the current deputy head of the armed forces, ordered a military intelligence captain to assist protesters to cross the fence.
      for more information please google search Palestinians turn against Syrian regime

      1. nagy_michael2 Avatar

        I would not be surprised if Iran was behind the bombing or at least orchestrating it. I have a deep convictions that Iran has orchestrated the disappearance of Imam Mussa Al Sadr because he was nationalistic and could not afford him to be the leader of the Shiites community. The main reason he didn’t suit their agenda. they needed someone like Hezbollah which led them to Nassrallah. If the Imam was so loved and would not listen to orders from Outside like Nassrallah, then he would better off dead for them. Iran hardly voiced loudly to Libya the Imam disappearance and neither did Syria and after Hezbollah. It was only the Amal movement that did all the protesting. But on the other hand Ahmed Jibril was definitely Syrian stooge and he would do anything for them. He deserve where he is now and i hope if he is not dead he will be killed by his own people. he is the scum of the earth and low life. Iran do not forget any acts committed against it. if they kill innocent people in the process so be it. But if America did it even it was by mistake God help them.
        I have a feeling that the US choose Libya for the bombing only in order to avoid conflicts with Iran. but I am surprised this news release is only here on Ya Libnan and nowhere else??

  2. Hannibal Avatar

    Hmmmmmm… We accused Qaddafi wrongly? Poor guy, he was a scapegoat after all… 🙂

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