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Hezbollah Top Military Commander Killed in Syria 

An Israeli’s sponsored terrorist attack near the Syrian capital, Damascus, has claimed the life of a top military commander of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement.

Mustafa Badreddine was killed in the attack near Damascus International Airport on Friday, Lebanese al-Mayadeen television channel reported.

Badreddine was the commander of Hezbollah’s military arm, its chief of intelligence, and adviser to the movement’s Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah.

He was the cousin and brother-in-law of the top Hezbollah commander, Imad Mughniyeh, who was likewise assassinated by the Israeli regime in Damascus in 2008. Israel’s spy agency, Mossad, killed Mughniyeh by remotely detonating a bomb planted in the spare tire of a parked SUV in the Syrian capital.

Lebanon’s Hezbollah has confirmed the death of its top commander, Reuters report.

Pro-Hezbollah activists on the social media were paying homage to the commander. Mughniyah’s son, Jihad, was also killed in an Israeli airstrike in Syria in January 2015.

Israel is widely known for its support for terrorists trying to topple the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. According to Israel’s Channel 2 television, the number of militants having been treated by Israeli medical staff since 2011 has reached 2,100.

In December 2015, the British newspaper Daily Mail said the Israeli regime had saved the lives of more than 2,000 Takfiri militants since 2013.

The Syrian army has repeatedly seized sizable quantities of Israeli-made weapons and advanced military equipment from militants in the Arab country.

Lebanon has been sporadically affected by the foreign-backed militancy that has been taking its toll for the past five years.

Hezbollah has frequently announced that its military role in Syria is aimed at preventing the spillover of the Syrian crisis into Lebanon.

Commander death bolsters Hezbollah anti-Israel resistance: Iran

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the death of Hezbollah’s military chief will certainly stiffen the Lebanese resistance movement’s determination to fight the Israeli regime and terrorism.

In a message to Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Friday, Zarif expressed the Islamic Republic’s condolences on the killing of Mustafa Badreddine by the Israeli regime.

The Iranian minister said Badreddine was “all passion and devotion” in defending the ideals of Islam and the resistant Lebanese people and in fighting terrorism.

In a statement on Friday, Hezbollah said it is investigating to find out whether a blast which claimed the life of its top military commander was caused by an airstrike, missile attack or artillery.

Mustafa Badreddine

Top military commander of the Lebanese Resistance Movement, Hezbollah, Mustafa Badreddine

The Lebanese resistance movement added that initial information indicates Badreddine was killed in a big explosion at one of its bases near Damascus Airport in Syria.

Early reports had suggested that the commander, 55, was assassinated in an Israeli airstrike.

He was the commander of Hezbollah’s military wing which is helping the Syrian government drive out foreign-backed Takfiri terrorists from the country.

Badreddine also directed military operations against the Israeli invasion of Lebanon and was a frequent target of attempts by Israel, the US and its allies in the Middle East to assassinate or capture him.

Israel is widely known to have been supporting terrorists fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Funeral held for Commander Badreddine

A funeral was held in the Lebanese capital Beirut on Friday afternoon for the assassinated commander.

A funeral procession is held for top military commander of the Lebanese Resistance Movement, Hezbollah, Mustafa Badreddine, in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, May 13, 2016.

A funeral procession is held for top military commander of the Lebanese Resistance Movement, Hezbollah, Mustafa Badreddine, in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, May 13, 2016.

Addressing the mourners, Sheikh Naim Qassem, Hezbollah’s deputy secretary general, said the resistance movement will “continue the path” of Commander Badreddine.

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Sheikh Naim Qassem, Hezbollah’s deputy secretary general, delivers a speech at the funeral ceremony of top military commander of the Lebanese Resistance Movement, Hezbollah, Mustafa Badreddine, in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, May 13, 2016. 

He said there are various hypotheses regarding the death of Badreddine, adding that Hezbollah will not announce how the commander was killed before the end of the investigations.

Qassem added that his party will determine the nature of the blast and the identity of the perpetrators within hours.

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