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Feb 18, 2008 9:16 | Updated Feb 18, 2008 21:01
'Cancerous Israel to vanish soon'
By JPOST.COM STAFF AND AP
"The cancerous growth Israel will soon disappear," Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps commander Muhammad Ali Jafari wrote to Hizbullah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, the FARS news agency reported Monday.
In a letter of condolence following last week's assassination of Hizbullah terror chief Imad Mughniyeh, Jafari said: "I am convinced that with every passing day Hizbullah's might is increasing and in the near future, we will witness the disappearance of this cancerous growth Israel by means of the Hizbullah fighters' radiation [therapy]."
In the letter, in which Jafari consoled Nasrallah over the death of the "martyr," he continued: "There's no doubt that the death of this loyal fighter will strengthen the resolve of all revolutionary Muslims and fighters in the struggle against the Zionist regime, particularly the resolve of those who fought by this martyr's side."
Mughniyeh was considered to be closely affiliated to the Revolutionary Guards and the al-Quds Brigades. Together, the two organizations trained Hizbullah fighters in Lebanon and Iran and planned terror attacks the world over. ...
... Contradicting Amin and the others blaming Israel for Mughniyeh's death, US Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell said on Sunday that internal Hizbullah groups or Syria may be to blame for the killing of the top Hizbullah commander in Damascus.
McConnell said he considered the threat of retaliation for the assassination to be primarily against Israel. But he said US intelligence officials were keeping a close watch and taking any necessary action to protect the United States, as Mughniyeh was "responsible for more deaths of Americans and Israelis than any other terrorist, with the exception of Osama bin Laden."
"It is a serious threat," McConnell said. "There's some evidence that it may have been internal Hizbullah. It may have been Syria. ...