The widow of slain intelligence chief Wissam al-Hassan refused to shake hands with Iranian ambassador to Lebanon when she was receiving condolences in Tripoli for the assassination of her husband.
Al Mustaqbal newspaper quoted Lebanon Prosecutor General Judge Hatem Madi as saying that the FBI team has completed its investigation of the assassination of Internal Security Forces intelligence chief Wissam al-Hassan, but he did not reveal their findings.
The Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah has spent months trying to tread a narrow line, balancing its support for the Syrian government with its responsibilities as Lebanon’s dominant political force. But increasing tensions inside Lebanon have underscored obstacles to having it both ways.
Lebanon’s prime minister says his resignation is “out of the question” after raising the possibility following the assassination of a top intelligence official last week. Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s comments come at a time of growing political and sectarian tensions caused by the civil war in neighboring Syria.
Lebanon Justice Minister Shakib Qortbawi told OTV on Friday that that the FBI team is in Lebanon to assist the Lebanese security forces in their investigation the assassination of Internal Security Forces intelligence chief Wissam al-Hassan and their “role will be strictly technical ”
MP Mohammad Tabbara responded to Progressive Socialist party leader MP Walid Jumblatt by saying:” Kamal Jumblatt was also the martyr of Lebanon but also was the martyr of the Druze community”, adding : “We demand a neutral cabinet that represents all the Lebanese people”..
Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt said in an interview on LBC TV Thursday evening that in order to avoid a political vacuum in Lebanon his ministers will not quit from the current government . “I will not resign from the cabinet and let the country face a political vacuum,”
Gen. Wissam al-Hassan, the head of Lebanon’s national police intelligence unit who was killed in a car bombing last Friday, gave The Washington Post a grim and prophetic assessment of the Syrian civil war on a visit to the U.S. late August. From The Post:
Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea told Saudi daily Al-Watan in remarks published on Thursday that the Internal Security Forces intelligence chief Wissam al-Hassan was assassinated by the Shiite group Hezbollah under orders from its Syrian and Iranian backers
Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdel-Karim Ali denied on Wednesday that his country had anything to do with the assassination of Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan who was killed in a car bomb in Ashrafieh last Friday, National News Agency reported.