#silverlining The horror of the deadly jihad war in Syria does have its good news moments, like the killing of a Hezb'allah leader, a terrorist group at war with the US since its founding by the Iranian government.
What's telling about this particular, though hardly exceptional, is that he was a Canadian procurement ringleader concurrent with his jihad leadership. Again the international nature of Muslim terrorists was evident long before 9/11. This Muslim terrorist operated in Canada in the 1990’s, purchasing military equipment and shipping it to terrorists in Lebanon.
Hezbollah commander gunned down in parking garage ambush once ran a procurement ring in Vancouver, Stewart Bell | Nastional Post, December 4, 2014 (thanks to Chai)
Caption: “A Lebanese photographer takes pictures in the garage where Hassan Lakkis, a senior commander for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, was gunned down outside his home, in south Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. In a statement, Hezbollah announced the death of al-Laqis and described him as one of the founding members of the group, suggesting he was a high-level commander close to the Shiite party's leadership.”
A senior Hezbollah commander who oversaw a military procurement ring in Vancouver until it was shut down by Canadian police a decade ago has been assassinated in Beirut.
Hassan Lakkis was gunned down near his home in an attack that Hezbollah immediately blamed on the Israelis but that comes amid warring between Lebanese Sunni and Shiite factions over Syria.
He died in hospital at about 3 a.m. Wednesday. In a statement, Hezbollah said he had been shot in the head in the parking lot of his building as he was returning home from work at about midnight.
Lakkis was close to both Hezbollah boss Hassan Nasrallah and military chief Imad Mugniyeh, who was assassinated in Damascus in 2008 in a killing that has been widely attributed to Israel. Israel denied it was responsible for killing Lakkis.
During the late 1990s, Lakkis was in charge of a group of operatives who shopped for equipment in Vancouver and shipped it to Hezbollah in Lebanon. Following a joint investigation by CSIS, the RCMP and FBI, several suspected Hezbollah members were arrested in the U.S. and Canada.
Matt Levitt, author of Hezbollah: the Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Party of God, said Wednesday that Lakkis was once the terror group’s chief procurement officer and had relationships with both Nasrallah and Mugniyeh.
But he said since the Vancouver cell had been broken up, he was not believed to have played a significant role, although Mr. Levitt said it was possible he had been reactivated to help with the Syrian conflict.
There have been mounting attacks in Lebanon in recent months over Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria, where its fighters are helping prop up he regime of President Bashar Al-Assad.
An unknown group calling itself the Free Sunni Brigades in Baalbek claimed responsibility for the assassination on Twitter, saying it had killed “a commander in the Satan party Hassan Lakkis.”