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Tue Aug 7, 2018, 07:20 AM

A Top Syrian Scientist Is Killed, and Fingers Point at Israel

Source: The New York Times



By David M. Halbfinger and Ronen Bergman
Aug. 6, 2018
9:53 PM

JERUSALEM — Aziz Asbar was one of Syria’s most important rocket scientists, bent on amassing an arsenal of precision-guided missiles that could be launched with pinpoint accuracy against Israeli cities hundreds of miles away.

He had free access to the highest levels of the Syrian and Iranian governments, and his own security detail. He led a top-secret weapons-development unit called Sector 4 and was hard at work building an underground weapons factory to replace one destroyed by Israel last year.

On Saturday, he was killed by a car bomb — apparently planted by Mossad, the Israeli spy agency.

It was at least the fourth assassination mission by Israel in three years against an enemy weapons engineer on foreign soil, a senior official from a Middle Eastern intelligence agency confirmed on Monday. The following account is based on information provided by the official, whose agency was informed about the operation. He spoke only on the condition of anonymity to discuss a highly classified operation.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/06/world/middleeast/syrian-rocket-scientist-mossad-assassination.html

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Reply A Top Syrian Scientist Is Killed, and Fingers Point at Israel (Original post)
DonViejo Aug 2018 OP
Archae Aug 2018 #1
7962 Aug 2018 #3
7962 Aug 2018 #2
Fred Sanders Aug 2018 #4
MosheFeingold Aug 2018 #5
pecosbob Aug 2018 #6
hack89 Aug 2018 #7
LanternWaste Aug 2018 #8
hack89 Aug 2018 #9

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Aug 7, 2018, 07:24 AM

1. How do we "know" it was Mossad?

Easy answer: We don't, yet.

Some unknown "official" says so, so it gets reported IMMEDIATELY as "fact."

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Response to Archae (Reply #1)

Tue Aug 7, 2018, 07:40 AM

3. No proof required when Israel is involved! nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Aug 7, 2018, 07:39 AM

2. regardless of who was responsible, its an improvement in security for the region

Other "scientists" may take note and change fields of work.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Aug 7, 2018, 08:56 AM

4. Criminal killings are OK as long as Israel does it, am I right?

"A Top Israeli Nuclear Arms Scientist Is Killed, Fingers Point To Syria" would be outrageous....

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Response to Fred Sanders (Reply #4)

Tue Aug 7, 2018, 11:15 AM

5. True

The Iranians who are really in charge of Syria generally prefer to kill Israeli women and children.

They'd be outraged at merely killing some old scientist.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Aug 7, 2018, 11:57 AM

6. If a Syrian or Iranian rocket engineer suddenly dies, who else you going to suspect?

Just like Russian journos falling out of windows...you know who's responsible.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Aug 7, 2018, 11:59 AM

7. Some people just need killing.

he was one.

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Response to hack89 (Reply #7)

Tue Aug 7, 2018, 12:30 PM

8. Same was said about Werner von Braun.

Sentiment changed only after he moved to the other side of an imaginary red and blue line on a map with better commercial branding available to it.

The important thing though, is we maintain the pretense of absolute knowledge in the face of that which we know so very little of. Good job on that.

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Response to LanternWaste (Reply #8)

Tue Aug 7, 2018, 01:00 PM

9. During the war he was a legitmate target - as was Aziz Asbar.

Israel and Syria(and their masters Iran) are at war.

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