Israel Has Been Accused of Assassinating a Top Syrian Scientist
Aziz Asbar was one of the country's most important rocket scientists.
Aziz Asbar was one of Syria’s most important rocket scientists, according to The New York Times, and he was set on amassing an arsenal of precision-guided missiles that could be launched with pinpoint accuracy against Israeli cities hundreds of miles away. Asbar led a top-secret weapons-development unit called Sector 4 and was working on building an underground weapons factory to replace on that was destroyed by Israel last year. He had free access to the highest levels of Syrian and Iranian governments, as well as his own security detail.
Israel’s Mossad may be behind car bombing that killed top Syrian rocket scientist: report https://t.co/oWeXs5smD4
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 7, 2018
On Saturday, he was killed by a car bomb. The Times reports that the bomb was apparently planted by Mossad, the Israeli spy agency. The attack, which took place in Masyaf, was at least the fourth assassination mission by Israel in three years against an enemy weapons engineer on foreign soil.
According to a senior official from a Middle Eastern intelligence agency, the Mossad had been tracking Asbar for a long time. An official from Syria and Iran’s alliance, who spoke to The Times on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to Western journalists, said that he believed Israel had wanted to kill Asbar because he played a prominent role in Syria’s missile program even before the current conflict broke out in 2011.
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