U.S. Slams Zarif for Putting Wreath on Mughniyeh's Tomb

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Washington on Tuesday hit out at Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for laying a wreath of flowers on the tomb of slain Hizbullah military commander Imad Mughniyeh during his latest visit to Beirut.

“The United States condemns the decision taken by Zarif ... to place a wreath at the grave of Imad Mughniyeh, a former leader of Lebanese Hizbullah responsible for heinous acts of terrorism that killed hundreds of innocent people, including Americans,” U.S. National Security Council Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said in a statement.

“The inhumane violence that Mughniyeh perpetrated -- and that Lebanese Hizbullah continues to perpetrate in the region with Iran's financial and material support -- has had profoundly destabilizing and deadly effects for Lebanon and the region,” Hayden added.

She noted that the decision to commemorate “an individual who has participated in such vicious acts, and whose organization continues to actively support terrorism worldwide, sends the wrong message and will only exacerbate tensions in the region.”

Zarif on Monday placed a wreath on Mughniyeh's grave at the Rawdat al-Shahidayn cemetery in the southern suburb of Beirut.

“The occasion of Prophet Mohammed's birthday must carry the beautiful meanings of resistance,” said Zarif at the location.

“The Islamic religion is the religion that calls for confronting tyranny, aggression and arrogance and it is a peaceful religion that is innocent of all the accusations of terrorism and takfirism ... Our visit to this blessed cemetery is the best embodiment of these meanings,” he added.

The elusive Mughniyeh, who led Hizbullah's military resistance against Israel, was killed in a 2008 car bomb blast in the Syrian capital Damascus.

Hizbullah blamed his killing on Israel, the party's sworn enemy, which denied involvement.

Information about Mughniyeh is limited, but he is generally understood to have been a principal leader and operative for a number of years within Hizbullah's military, intelligence, and security apparatuses. He may also have been among the founders of Hizbullah in the 1980s.

U.S. and Israeli officials have accused Mughniyeh of association with many bombings, kidnappings and assassinations, beginning with the Beirut U.S. barracks bomb attack and U.S. embassy bombings, both of which took place in 1983 and killed over 350, as well as the kidnapping of dozens of foreigners in Lebanon in the 1980s.

He was indicted in Argentina for an alleged role in the 1992 Israeli embassy attack in Buenos Aires.

U.S. officials have accused him of killing more United States citizens than any other anti-U.S. operative prior to the 2001 U.S. attacks, and the bombings and kidnappings he is alleged to have organized are credited with all but eliminating the U.S. military presence in Lebanon in the 1980s.

Mughniyeh was included in the European Union's list of “wanted terrorists” and had a USD 5 million bounty on the FBI “Most Wanted Terrorists list.”

Comments 18
Thumb shab 14 January 2014, 23:01

Filth praises filth

Thumb primesuspect 14 January 2014, 23:38

Bashar killed him w/ nusrallah's approval. Wat a joke.... The zarif.

Thumb cedre 15 January 2014, 01:02

not sure about nassy's approval, but mughnieh was killed in kafrsouseh so defo with bashar's approval//connivance...

Thumb cedre 15 January 2014, 09:01

haboub have u ever been to kafrsouseh ?

Thumb _mowaten_ 15 January 2014, 11:18

yay, we got the world top investigators in this forum :) guys please tell me who killed kennedy, i'm sure you have a theory about how hafez had him killed by a hezbo-trained FPM sniper.

Thumb _mowaten_ 15 January 2014, 11:20

as for the US whining, they should go shove the wreath they laid on mass murderer sharon up theirs before they give lessons. arrogant pricks.

Thumb joesikemrex 14 January 2014, 23:45

A terrorist praising a terrorist. Rot in Hell scumbag. Hope this cemetery will be overflowing with the likes of you.

Thumb IndependentThinker 15 January 2014, 00:03

Good thing the US is disgusted. We are too. Filth + filth = more filth.

Thumb primesuspect 15 January 2014, 01:25

WHERE did u see naharnet was a forum? there's no dedicated forum on the website. we r merely commenting news reports.

Thumb ice-man 15 January 2014, 06:52

are you irani @joesphani?

Default-user-icon Lofkan Sambuj (Guest) 15 January 2014, 01:35

Sabra. Chatila. Ariel Sharon. The US. Attending his funeral. Need I say more?

Missing beirutbastard00 15 January 2014, 01:56

Lol by default any u.s. president is a war criminal, they should sty silent on such issues.

Missing watan-libnan 15 January 2014, 02:03

Lol 3 bullets i don't think anyone got the joke?

Thumb _mowaten_ 15 January 2014, 11:19

we did. you must be new here, it's the oldest joke around.

Thumb ice-man 15 January 2014, 06:51

Samy: I totally agree with your assessment of Mystic.

Thumb ice-man 15 January 2014, 07:15

Half Arab. My mother is not Arab. But I consider my self Arab, although I have green eyes and fair skin. How about you? Are you full Irani?

Thumb ice-man 15 January 2014, 07:16

Forgot to ask you: Please let me know which other screen names you use so I can vote you up. I like your subtle style.

Thumb ice-man 15 January 2014, 09:04

I am sorry you feel like that. I commend you on being deliberate and a man of integrity. Never change dear @josephani.