Tuesday, February 19, 2008
"Senior Syrian officials will hold a press conference in the coming days in order to present progress in the investigation into the assassination of Hezbollah's deputy leader Imad Mughniyah, who was killed last week in a Damascus blast, a Lebanese newspaper reported Tuesday.
The Hezbollah-linked Al-Akhbar said Syria has decided not to make the details of the investigation public at this time, until the investigation progresses and is able to clarify who was responsible for the attack.
The paper added that the decision was made in part due to preparations for the Arab League summit scheduled to take place in the Syrian capital in late March.
The report essentially hints that Arab states' security services were involved in the assassination, and the newspaper's editor wrote a separate article Tuesday accusing Jordanian intelligence officials of gathering information on the activities of Palestinian terrorist organizations in Syria, which were the targets of assassination attempts.
Al-Amin reiterated that Hezbollah is likely to retaliate against Israel, in a manner that breaks the rules of the game employed by the sides in their conflict thus far. Al-Amin quoted a senior Beirut figure as saying the region was entering a new era. "It is difficult to anticipate what is in store in the short and medium term, but what is certain is that what happened before Mughniyah's situation does not resemble what will happen after it," the figure said."