Beirut bombings are ‘a clear message by Saudi Arabia’
RT:We know that a Lebanese group linked to Al-Qaeda has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack. From your point of view, what would be their motive there?
Kevork Elmassian: The group is called Abdullah Azzam and
it is affiliated to Al-Qaeda. This is a clear message by Saudi
Arabia or it’s an act of war by Saudi Arabia against Iran, this
is for the first time the Saudis are crossing the red line by
targeting the Iranian Embassy in Beirut. I don’t agree with the
Iranian Ambassador who pointed his finger to the Israelis. It’s
true that the Israelis are beneficiaries of these explosions but
who perpetrated these attacks? They are Al-Qaeda linked groups;
their emir is Bandar “bin-Satan” [bin-Sultan] in Saudi
We have to know that these explosions happened with two suicide bombers. The Israelis never do such operations, they can use their airplanes and other car bombs. But there were two people, one of them was on motorcycle, he came close to the embassy and tried to explode himself in order to open a route for the other car entering to the embassy, but the security was awake and they shot him. He was forced to explode himself outside the embassy. But in politics we have to understand that this message from Saudi Arabia has come after the war of the Al-Qalamoun mountains. We have to know that Hezbollah and the Syrian army are fighting side by side against Al-Qaeda groups in Syria and recently in Al-Qara area, this area links with Arsal area in Lebanon, where the thousands of militants from Al-Qaeda under the patronage of the Future Movement of Lebanon are having trainings and also smuggling arms into Syria. Also, this area links Homs to Damascus, it is in the center of Homs and Damascus, and most of the terrorists who are coming to the eastern Ghouta area in Damascus, the place where the chemical attack happened, are coming from this area.
RT:Why do you link Saudi Arabia to this case?
KE: Because the militants of the proxies of Saudi Arabia
exist in the center between Damascus and Homs and they are
spreading all this chaos and terrorism around the cities of Homs
and Damascus. Most of the car bombs are coming from this area.
When Hezbollah and Syrian army decided to crush the rebellion in
this area, the Saudis wanted to send a very historical message to
Iran. We have to remember the actions of Saudi Arabia in past few
weeks: they refused the membership of the UN Security Council and
then they said they were going to work to foil the peaceful
negotiations in Geneva for peace in Syria. They are also trying
to block any deal between the West and Iran. And the recent
reports are saying that Saudi Arabia is going to buy a nuclear
bomb from Pakistan, if a deal is reached between P5+1 and Iran.
So these historical policies by Saudi Arabia are reflecting the
desperation of Saudi Arabia in the Middle East, and by targeting
now the embassy of Iran it wants to spread chaos and war also
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