Skip to comments.Report: Iranís new defense minister behind 1983 bombing of US Marine base in Lebanon
Posted on 08/12/2013 3:02:52 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehghan, nominated to be defense minister by Irans new president Hassan Rouhani, was a commander in Lebanon overseeing Hezbollah operations during the time of the 1983 bombing of the US Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon.
According to a report by Brig. Gen. (ret.) Dr. Shimon Shapira, a senior research associate at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Dehghan was sent to Lebanon and served as a commander of the training corps of the Revolutionary Guard in Syria and Lebanon. He joined the Revolutionary Guard after they were formed in 1979 and spent his entire military career there.
Shapira writes that after Israel invaded Lebanon in 1982, Dehghan was sent to Lebanon and became responsible for supervising Hezbollahs military force. Dehghan then took over the command for the Revolutionary Guard in Lebanon.
It was from a base in the Beqaa valley where Iran planned along with Hezbollah, attacks against the Multinational Force and IDF soldiers in Lebanon. In 1983, two separate suicide bombings killed 241 US Marines and 58 French soldiers in their respective barracks in Beirut.
A group called Islamic Jihad claimed credit for the attacks, which was headed by Imad Mughniyeh, who was later assassinated in Syria by the Mossad, according to foreign media reports. This organization, according to the report, was a special operations arm that was under the joint command of Iran and Hezbollah.
The orders for the attack on the Multinational Forces were transmitted from Tehran to the Iranian ambassador to Damascus, and then to forces in Lebanon. The US Marine commander said that the US National Security Agency (NSA) overheard the Iranian orders for the attack.
Shapira doubts that such orders could have been carried out without the knowledge of Dehghan.
Dehghans appointment still needs to be approved by the Iran legislature (Majlis).
Obama will say he is just like our nation’s founding fathers...
Obama will point to this as another great thing that Islam has contributed to society!
Yes. Kill him.
Wouldn’t that make him a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize? I bet Jimmy Carter is already making plans to go adore him.
If true he needs to die as soon as possible.
Sigh....times like this when I miss Cheney.
Thanks Tailgunner Joe.
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Invite him to the White House