Hariri on Wissam al-Hassan Assassination Anniversary: His Murderers Will Pay Dearly

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri at a ceremony unveiling a street bearing the name of late ISF Intelligence Bureau chief Wissam al-Hassan in Beirut. (Dalati & Nohra)
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri at a ceremony unveiling a street bearing the name of late ISF Intelligence Bureau chief Wissam al-Hassan in Beirut. (Dalati & Nohra)
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Hariri on Wissam al-Hassan Assassination Anniversary: His Murderers Will Pay Dearly

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri at a ceremony unveiling a street bearing the name of late ISF Intelligence Bureau chief Wissam al-Hassan in Beirut. (Dalati & Nohra)
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri at a ceremony unveiling a street bearing the name of late ISF Intelligence Bureau chief Wissam al-Hassan in Beirut. (Dalati & Nohra)

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri stated on Monday that late Internal Security Forces Intelligence Bureau chief Wissam al-Hassan was assassinated because those plotting against him feared him and could not stop his work.

He vowed on the fifth anniversary of his assassination that the murderers “will pay dearly” for their crime.

He made his declaration during a ceremony in downtown Beirut to mark the occasion and which saw the naming of a street in the area in Hassan’s name.

Hariri said that he will take it upon himself, the state, ISF and all security forces to make sure that Hassan’s assassins are brought to justice.

Addressing those who are doubtful that justice will take its course, he stressed: “Justice is coming … Hassan’s blood runs in this institution and this country and we must find his killers and bring them to trial.”

In addition, he said that the ISF is an institution that should always be supported because it works directly for the citizens.

He also highlighted the role of the Intelligence Bureau, saying that it has made achievements in combating espionage and terrorism.

Hassan was killed in a car bombing that targeted his convoy as it was passing Beirut’s Ashrafieh district on October 19, 2012. His driver Ahmed Sahyoun and a number of civilians were also killed in the blast.

In an another ceremony marking his death, Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq assured that the ISF was doing well despite “the doubters”.

“It is doing well because its members and family belong to this state and they do not waver in performing their duties regardless of the circumstances,” he continued.



Iraq Says No Green Light to Turkish Operations in Kurdistan

Smoke billows from a Turkish strike on Iraq's Duhok. (Kurdish media)
Smoke billows from a Turkish strike on Iraq's Duhok. (Kurdish media)
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Iraq Says No Green Light to Turkish Operations in Kurdistan

Smoke billows from a Turkish strike on Iraq's Duhok. (Kurdish media)
Smoke billows from a Turkish strike on Iraq's Duhok. (Kurdish media)

Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein said on Friday his country hasn’t given Türkiye the green light to carry out operations in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region.

In televised remarks, he said the Baghdad government needs to hold more “security discussions with Turkish officials, even though it recognizes that the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) is also an Iraqi problem.”

He added that the Turkish army has been deployed in some Iraqi territories since 1991.

The deployment will be discussed during meetings with Turkish officials that will be held soon, he revealed.

Previous discussions with Türkiye did not yield an agreement over the security file, continued the FM. Türkiye is tying its deployment to the presence of the PKK.

Given that the group is present in Iraq, then it must also be dealt with in an “Iraqi way,” he went on to say.

The Turkish military’s incursion of 40 kms inside Iraqi territory had sparked widespread political and popular uproar.

Iraq’s national security council convened to address the issue.

Spokesman of the armed forces Yahya Rasool said the council tackled the Turkish violations and interference in the joint Iraqi-Turkish border regions.

He stressed Baghdad’s rejection of the incursion and undermining of Iraq’s territorial integrity.

Türkiye must respect the principles of good neighborliness and work diplomatically with the Iraqi government and coordinate with it over any security issue, he added.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani had dispatched a delegation led by the national security council head to Kurdistan to discuss general affairs and come up with a unified position over Iraq’s sovereignty.