Saturday, October 20, 2012

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Six Afghan police killed in insider attack

"Six Afghan policemen were killed in Helmand province in a so-called "insider" attack involving a rogue Afghan policeman and a chef, local officials said on Saturday.

The Taliban took responsibility for the attack, saying they had despatched a "mujahid who had infiltrated and penetrated the police ranks", spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said.

The policeman and chef working for the officers approached a police checkpoint in Helmand's Grishk district on Friday where they opened fire and shot dead two of their colleagues, the provincial governor's office said in a statement."

"First the cook poisoned his comrades and then he joined the Taliban and decided to shoot them instead,"

Said Farid Ahmad Farhang, a Helmand police spokesman.

The policeman was arrested but the cook, who had previously attempted to poison the officers, remains at large.

Elsewhere in Helmand, two officials in Sangin district were ambushed and killed by fighters as they drove car to a tribal elders' meeting, the provincial governor's office said."

"People on the street tell us that armed men on motorcycles were shooting in the air, warning shopowners that they must stay shut today,"

"All of Lebanon, which Wissam al-Hassan protected from the plots of Bashar al-Assad and Ali Mamlouk ... exposing himself so that you would not be blown up."

The car-bomb explosion that left at least eight dead in the heart of Beirut on Friday is the most recent testament to the destabilizing influence of the crisis in neighboring Syria

"Accordingly, many have laid blame on Bashar al-Assad’s regime and its allies; a member of the Lebanese parliament said: “It is clear that the Syrian regime is responsible for such an explosion. . . . It is such a big explosion that only the Syrian regime could have planned it.” The New York Times goes on to quote another Lebanese MP"

“This is a big, big, big event, and one cannot begin even to think through the repercussions,” a Lebanese political adviser said"

Here are the essential details on Hassan, his role in the region, and what his killing could mean if suspicion of Syrian involvement proves to be true.

• Enemy of Hezbollah: Hassan was “renowned,” Sly writes, for leading an investigation into Hezbollah’s alleged role in the 2005 assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq al-Hariri. Former Israeli intelligence officer Michael Ross tweeted, “Hezbollah has wanted Wissam al-Hassan for a long time. #Syria just gave them the excuse.”

• Enemy of Syria: Hassan helped lead the politically disruptive arrest of Michel Samaha, a former Lebanese politician believed to have ties to the Syrian government, on charges of planning to detonate Syrian explosives in Lebanon. Al-Jazeera’s Rula Amin called Hassan “a key figure in supporting the armed opposition in Syria.”

• Hezbollah serving Syria at Lebanon’s peril: A report by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, released just yesterday, cited “credible” reports that Hezbollah, which is also a political party with seats in the Lebanese government, was fighting in Syria on behalf of President Bashar al-Assad. Ban warned that Hezbollah’s alleged militant activities in Syria “contradict and undermine the dissociation policy of the government of Lebanon, of which Hezbollah is a coalition member.” He added: “I am increasingly concerned that the increasing number of reports of activities in Syria by Hezbollah, a member of the governing coalition, could jeopardize this policy and ultimately Lebanon’s stability.”

• Sectarian tensions within Lebanese security services: Elias Muhanna, a Brown University professor and blogger on Lebanese politics, wrote after Samaha’s August arrest: “There seems to be a hidden war taking place between Lebanon’s military-intelligence branches. So far, there have been few public casualties of that war, but if the stakes keep rising as they did today, that may change rapidly.” He called it “a sectarian rumble looming in Lebanon’s security services.”

• Syrian war spreads: If speculation turns out to be accurate that the Syrian government was behind the blast, and that it killed Hassan intentionally, it would mark an escalation and a small degree of internationalization of the Syrian conflict. This would be a not-shocking but still geopolitically significant increase in the war’s impact on the broader region. This in turn risks increasing neighboring countries’ exposure to the conflict and thus their interest in controlling it. 

“I wonder how [Saudi Arabia] will react,” Brookings Doha director Salman Shaikh asked on Twitter. “I suspect regional proxy war just got a little hotter.” The stakes would seem to be rising."

"The assassination of Hassan, the head of the Information Branch, the intelligence wing, of the Internal Security Forces, is probably the most significant political killing in Lebanon since 2005"

Despite his relatively low public profile. It will create significant reverberations in Lebanon, a country torn down the middle over the conflict in neighboring Syria and fearful of Syria’s violence, which has split the country along sectarian lines, spilling over the border."

"The murder of the Lebanese anti-Syrian terror crusader demonstrated that hopes in the West and Israel of the Syrian conflict eventually sundering the Tehran-Damascus-Hizballah axis were no better than pipedreams, just like the belief that liquidating Iran’s nuclear scientists or cyber warfare would turn Tehran back from its march towards a nuclear weapon."

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