Hidden Goals Behind Terrorist Attacks in Beirut

Friday, November 22, 2013

An Aggressive Attempt to Rekindle War of Embassies

Mohammad Ali Mohtadi
Middle East Analyst

Two terrorist bomb attacks targeted the Islamic Republic of Iran's Embassy in the Lebanese capital city of Beirut on Tuesday, claiming 23 lives and leaving more than 150 others wounded while causing substantial damage to buildings around the embassy. The twin blasts have raised several questions among analytical circles which this article tries to give answers to.

Firstly, who has assumed the responsibility for designing and implementing the terrorist operations? The method used to carry out the attacks is evidence enough to make analysts point an incriminating finger at the terrorist Al-Qaeda group as well as other people and groups affiliated with Takfiri currents who undertook these operations in order to destroy the Iranian Embassy and kill its staff. In the first step of the operations, a man, who had wrapped an explosive belt around his body, approaches the iron gate of the Iranian Embassy and explodes himself. Immediately after that, an SUV vehicle carrying GMC brand with dark windows, which had been waiting close by, starts to move. The driver had apparently planned to ram through the embassy gate, which he thought had been demolished by the first blast, enter the premises of the embassy and explode the car there. However, a strange turn of events followed. A pickup truck carrying barrels of drinking water stopped in the street and blocked the road. The embassy guards, who had already noticed the suspicious SUV, fire at it. The driver, who could find no way to go further, set off the explosives inside the vehicle as a result of which a great number of passers-by and passengers in nearby cars were killed and severe havoc was wreaked to the buildings in the vicinity of the blast. This is how the terrorist plan for the total demolition of the Iranian Embassy in Lebanon and the massacre of the ambassador and other embassy staff actually failed.

A few hours after the attacks and using the social networking website, Twitter, a group known as “the Hussein bin Ali cells” affiliated to the Al-Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades, assumed responsibility for the terrorist operations. Sheikh Abdullah Azzam was a Palestinian figure who graduated from King Saud bin Abdulaziz University of Jeddah. He left his country for Afghanistan in 1982, where he joined the Al-Qaeda and launched a new department known as the “Services Office (Maktab al-Khadamat)” which was meant to recruit “Arab mujahedeen” in the Pakistani city of Peshawar. Later on, due to differences with the then leader of the Al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, and his deputy, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, he became target of an assassination operation in 1989. In reality, however, the terrorist operations against the Iranian Embassy in Beirut has nothing to do with the ideas and tenets of Sheikh Azzam and his group, but has been designed and carried out by certain intelligence and secret services run by regional Arab countries. The planners, however, have chosen the name of the responsible group and its operational branch in such a way that it would impart a certain spiritual dimension to the operations and have a powerful spiritual impact on certain communities in the region. Those simpletons, who carry out these suicidal operations on the vain hope of ending up in the Heaven, do not know that they are in reality just playthings in the hands of secret services that use them to achieve their inhumane political goals. A lot of research has been carried out on how the secret services affiliated to the Zionist regime of Israel and certain Arab countries in the region have penetrated these radical groups. Among their findings is that Israel, the United States and many Arab countries have each worked out terrorist outfits which they call Al-Qaeda. Interestingly enough, none of these Al-Qaeda groups have so far carried out even a single operation against Israel in Palestinian territories, including in Al-Quds, and have not fired even a single bullet toward Israel. On the contrary, their wounded operatives in Syria have been sent to Israeli hospitals through the occupied Golan Heights for treatment.

At any rate, the intelligence service of the Lebanese army, which has extensive experience in busting Israeli spy networks in Lebanon, has undertaken investigations on various aspects of this criminal attack. At the same time, the CCTVs of the Iranian Embassy have recorded the whole attack and, therefore, when the investigations are complete, the main elements behind planning and implementing the twin attacks are sure to be identified and made known to public.

The second and a more important consideration is about the timing of the operations. It is usual for such operations to be planned and implemented with the goal of achieving specific political results. As a consequence, a special time, which is set in relation to the ongoing political developments, is set for them. From this standpoint, it should be noted that the twin terrorist blasts targeting Iranian Embassy in Beirut were carried out at a sensitive juncture when two important developments were under way or imminent. The first important development was the recent advances made by the Syrian army against the foreign-backed militants in the strategic city of Al-Qalamoun, which is close to the Syrian border with Lebanon. The development came about following the earlier liberation of Qara town. Before long, and after complete liberation of Al-Qalamoun, the Syrian army will be able to block all crossing points which are used by the militants to smuggle arms and ammunition into Syria and which are also used for the transit of Takfiri militants between Lebanon and Syria. This will be a drastic blow to Takfiri groups and countries supporting them. The second important development, which was in the offing, was the beginning of the second round of nuclear negotiations between the delegates of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the representatives of the P5+1 group of world powers, in the Swiss city of Geneva. Without a doubt, those who had planned these criminal operations have been seeking to create an atmosphere which would negatively impact both developments by stopping the advances of the Syrian army as well as obliterating any hope for reaching a deal over Iran's nuclear issue. This is why in a statement that was released following the operations, the protagonists of Beirut attack announced that Iran should take Hezbollah forces out of Lebanon. This comes despite the fact that Hezbollah forces have played no role in the Syrian army’s operations in Al-Qalamoun and the Syrian military has been implementing its operations against militants on its own. This is a fact that is apparently impossible for the Takfiri forces to believe.

As for the first development, general remarks made by the military and civilian officials of Syria show that such terrorist operations will have no effect on the resolve of the Syrian army for purging the country from Takfiri militants and the army’s operations will continue as planned. In the second case, that is, the unclear negotiations in Geneva, most analysts and experts believe that the result will be quite to the opposite of what the protagonists of such terrorist operations are looking forward to. They argue that as the wave of condemnation and denunciation for the terrorist attacks comes from political figures and circles in Lebanon and elsewhere in the region, it would become clear that the Islamic Republic of Iran is not only a victim of terrorism, but also at odds with Takfiri and terrorist groups, which are affiliated to the Al-Qaeda. Therefore, any attempt on the part of the Western negotiators to put further pressure on the Iranian negotiators in Geneva, will be construed as a sign of their support for the Al-Qaeda and international terrorism. It is interesting to know that in addition to various statements of condemnation for Beirut terrorist attacks from Lebanese political figures and parties, the US ambassador in Lebanon, for the first time, has also issued a statement condemning the terrorist attacks against the Islamic Republic of Iran's Embassy. It seems that by doing so, the US ambassador has been trying to help his country to distance from other countries that are apparently supporting terrorism in this specific case and to show to the world that the incident has had nothing to do with the United States.

Last but not least, interviews carried out by various satellite networks in Syria, have shown that most people in this country believe that the attack against Iran's Embassy in Beirut were aimed to deal a blow to the resistance axis in the region. In Lebanon, however, the majority of political figures have noted that the main goal of Iran Embassy attack was to undermine the peace and stability in Lebanon and to get the country engaged in sectarian strife and insecurity. It is imaginable that those who planned these botched attack were sure about their success. As a result, they believed that after the demolition of the embassy building and the assassination of the ambassador and the embassy staff, a hysterical wave of attacks will be launched on other embassies in the Lebanese capital. This would have led to a repetition of the war of embassies in the 1980s in Beirut and would have paved the way for Israel to attack Lebanon. They had ignored the fact that the axis of resistance will never forget about human dignity and will never seek tribal savage revenge. The axis of resistance, however, will give a proper answer to such crimes by struggling with honor in the scene of all kinds of military and political confrontation.

Key Words: Hidden Goals Terrorist Attacks, Beirut, War of Embassies, Iran, Lebanon, Al-Qaeda, Abdullah Azzam Brigades, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, Takfiri Forces, Mohtadi

Source: Iranian Diplomacy (IRD)
Translated By: Iran Review.Org

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