Blasts in Hezbollah cache intentional to hide thefts, arms sale, to syrian rebel forces


MET (Shaffaf) Exclusive

Two successive bad news for Lebanon’s pro Iran Hezbollah party.

Yesterday, Wednesday, METranparent revealed on its arabic page the defection of the commander of Hezbollah’s Signal Corps (transmissions), Mohamed FAHS, probably to Israel. According to insider sources,the high ranking Hezbollah officer is said to have carried with him not less than 5 million US dollars. Just peanuts to Hezbollah, if not for the disastrous effects his defection could have on Hezbollah’s and IRGC’s (Pasdaran) communications and ciphers. And, on Hezbollah’s network of military bases and underground missile silos.

Only three years ago, Hezbollah had to rebuild its underground fiber phone lines. It had just discovered a breach in the network’s security. A new network was built, using Lebanon’s mountainous areas- which led to tensions with Christian villagers in the Metn region who opposed the installation of Hezbollah’s underground network in their lands.

As if one extremely bad news were not enough, a series of explosions rocked the village of “Nabi Sheet” (also, written “Nabi Shit”) in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley on wednesday morning. Nabi Sheet lies at the border between Lebanon and Syria. It comprises underground arms depots and military bases usually used by Lebanese Hezbollah and by Iran’s IRGC ‘Qods Force’ for training purposes.

While an AFP cable estimated the casualties of the explosions to have reached 9 killed, a Hezbollah communiqué said that “three members of the Resistance were killed” in the incident.

Not so!

Insider sources in the Bekaa region told METransparent (Shaffaf) the series of explosions were far from being a simple ‘incident’. The explosions, sources claimed, were deliberate acts of sabotage by high ranking Hezbollah officers to hide the theft of arms and munitions! Stolen arms were said to have been sold to Syria’s rebel forces. Not so funny, considering that tens of Hezbollah fighters had been killed while fighting on the side of syrian security forces against the same rebel forces.

The timing of the explosions was not due to any coincidence. A “leak” from sources very high in Hezbollah’s leadership had, probably, warned local Hezbollah officers in the Bekaa region that an ‘unscheduled inspection’ of the arms depots was imminent. The inspection team included Iranian IRGC (Pasdaran) officers.

Lebanese security sources, on condition of anonymity, confirmed that at least one Iranian IRGC officer and ten lebanese Hezbollah members were killed in the explosions. Sources speculated it would be hard for Hezbollah to hide its casualties as all of those killed happen to be from nearby localities.

If anything, the series of intentional explosions in Lebanon’s Bekaa valley should evoke similar explosions which rocked Rawalpindi in Pakistan in 1988.


April 10, 1988: Munitions Explosion Hides Evidence US Aid to Mujaheddin Is Really Funding A. Q. Khan’s Nuclear Program

In the 1980s, ISI Director Akhtar Abdur Rahman was supervising a secret trade in which CIA weapons meant to go to mujaheddin fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan were sold to others by the ISI. The profits were then used to fund the Kahuta Research Laboratories, which A. Q. Khan was using to develop a Pakistani nuclear bomb (see 1980s). To disguise where the weapons were coming from, the CIA bought Soviet-made weapons on the black market then shipped them to the ISI. The ISI stored them at an arms depot in Ojiri, near the town of Rawalpindi. By 1988, the US finally demands an independent audit of the depot, after persistent reports of corruption. On April 10, 1988, several weeks before US inspectors are to arrive, the arms depot blows up. The explosion is so massive that it kills 100 and injures over 1,000. The Pakistani government will officially determine the explosion was an accident. However, Hamid Gul, who became ISI director in 1987, conducts a secret audit for the ISI about the explosion and confirms that it was caused by sabotage to hide the massive theft of munitions. The US ambassador to Pakistan estimates that about $125 million worth of explosives are destroyed in the blast. (Adrian Levy & Catherine Scott-Clark, Deception, Pakistan, the United States and the secret trade in Nuclear weapons (New York) 2007, pp. 131-132).

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