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Akhbar’s Ibrahim Amin on the Maghsal capture operation at Beirut airport – details are actually fairly clear

A critical piece we translated the other day – I don’t understand why analysts are still wondering about some details in the operation that seem pretty clear here in Beirut… especially when you hear Ibrahim say it from a pro-Hezbollah perspective.

The key section for me – if he is correct (and he seems outraged enough to believe his narrative) – is: “On August 8, 2015, Lebanese security elements who turned out to belong to the Information Branch at the Internal Security Forces, stormed into the Beirut International Airport and arrested a traveler who was coming to Lebanon from Iran. The man was quickly transferred to their headquarters. Less than 12 hours later, they drove him back to the airport where a Saudi private jet transferred him to Al-Riyadh…”

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On August 27, Ibrahim al-Amin wrote the following piece in Al-Akhbar daily: “The Kingdom of the Saud family has not modified its criminal ways. For long decades, it has worked on using criminal gangs covered with the name of some forces, parties, or even security services, in order to settle its scores with its opponents. Beirut has always played a part in this criminality. On December 17, 1979, a gang kidnapped Saudi oppositionist, Nasser al-Said, from Hamra Street in Beirut. The kidnappers were members of the Palestinian military security service headed by Maj. Gen. Atallah Atallah, a.k.a. Aboul Zaim. As for the coordinator and funder of the operation, this was the then Saudi Ambassador, Ali Shaer.

“There was talk about ten million dollars paid in return. Hours following the kidnapping, a coffin arrived from the Saudi embassy to the Beirut Airport to be shipped on board of a private jet headed to Al-Riyadh. The Saudi documents claimed that the coffin contained the body of the daughter of the Kingdom’s ambassador to Damascus, Abdul Mohsen al-Zayd, and that the body needs to be transferred back to KSA. Then, Nasser al-Said vanished.

“On August 8, 2015, Lebanese security elements who turned out to belong to the Information Branch at the Internal Security Forces, stormed into the Beirut International Airport and arrested a traveler who was coming to Lebanon from Iran. The man was quickly transferred to their headquarters. Less than 12 hours later, they drove him back to the airport where a Saudi private jet transferred him to Al-Riyadh. The man is Ahmad Ibrahim al-Maghsal, the Saudi oppositionists who has been on the run for twenty years since Al-Riyadh as well as the USA accused him of staging the famous Al-Khobar bombing.

“In this new case, there’s no need to ask about the operator or the sum that has been paid. The operator is of course Saudi and perhaps the present ambassador, Ali Awad al-Osseiri, the man with the security background. As for the money, this has been paid in advance through the unofficial funding received by the Information Branch from Saudi Arabia not because this is a Lebanese security service but rather because this is the security arm of Saudi Arabia and the March 14 forces in Lebanon.

“How can this be happening? In a country preoccupied with files pertaining to the people’s daily livelihoods, there’s no room for any kind of accountability. This is further the case when an official militia that enjoys a ministerial and judiciary official political cover carries out the kidnapping. This militia has never coordinated any of its “security services” with any other body in Lebanon… Tomorrow, Ahmad al-Maghsal will be executed and his family will not be allowed to bury him. Many will be punished for charges of collusion on hiding him. In Lebanon, silence will prevail unless the parties who must act do act in order to halt this chaos, which aims at turning us all into mere garbage with no one to collect it from the street!” – Al-Akhbar Lebanon, Lebanon

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Written by nickbiddlenoe

August 28, 2015 at 11:02 am

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