67951_[Insight] INSIGHT - Lebanon - the next guy on Syria's hit list - ME1

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[Insight] INSIGHT - Lebanon - the next guy on Syria's hit list - ME1
Date 2008-03-07 15:52:29
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PUBLICATION: Yes -- Sitrep

ATTRIBUTION: Source close to Saad al Hariri (March 14 coalition leader)

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My source says he has heard from his French contacts who are close to Sa'd
Hariri that the Syrian regime has decided to assassinate brigadier general
Ashraf Rifi, the commander of Lebanese internal security forces. Rifi is a
Sunni from Beirut and is very close to the (western-backed government of
Lebanese PM Fouad Siniora) Seniora/Hariri cabinet; in fact he was
appointed to the position of internal security head by Seniora, with
Hariri's endorsement. Rifi has been very active in trying to put his hand
on terrorist cells in Lebanon, such as Fateh al-Islam and the assassins of
March 14 personalities such as Rafiq Hariri, Jibran Tueini and Pierre
Gemayyi.

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