Nasrallah may have had the most to gain.
Dec 13, 2007 17:31 | Updated Dec 13, 2007 18:25
Report: Nasrallah demoted by Khamenei
By JPOST.COM STAFF
Some of Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah's responsibilities have been taken away by the organization's backer Iran, the pan-Arabic daily Asharq Alawsat claimed Thursday.
[Nasrallah in a previous...]
Nasrallah in a previous appearance on Al Manar.
Reportedly, Nasrallah is no longer in control of the organization's military wing, which is now headed by Nasrallah's deputy Sheikh Na'im Kassem.
The Iranian official Asharq Alawsat cites as the one who demoted Nasrallah is none other than Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. ...
... Reportedly, Khamenei appointed a committee of top Revolutionary Guards commanders and entrusted them with restructuring Hizbullah's military and intelligence wings. Among the commanders in the committee is the Kuds Brigade commander Kassem Suleimani and the former head of Hizbullah's intelligence wing Imad Mughnia, ...
Khamenei appoints Qassem as Hezbollah military commander
Thursday, 13 December, 2007 @ 5:17 PM
Beirut - Iran's Spiritual leader Ali Khamenei has stripped Hezbollah 's Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah of his military authorities and appointed his deputy, sheikh Naim Qassem, commander of the party's military branch, the daily newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported Thursday.
The pan-Arab daily said the decision was taken in light of a report presented by a team from the Intelligence apparatus of the Revolutionary Guards that had visited Lebanon to assess the status of Hezbollah 's military and its capabilities.
It quoted a revolutionary Guards officer in the Bekaa Valley as saying "intense differences" between Qassem and Nasrallah on "destiny issues related to the party's military wing â€¦ led to the interference by Khamenei's office to re-organize Hezbollah 's command structure."
The unnamed source said Hezbollah 's annual budget of 400 million dollars was raised to over one billion dollars in the past 18 months to compensate for the losses sustained during the 34-day war with Israel in the summer of 2006.
Khamenei assigned a team comprising major officers of the Revolutionary Guards in addition to Hezbollah 's ex-Intelligence Chief Imad Mughnieh to restructure the party's military branch in light of the team's recommendations, the report said.
Qassem, in light of the report, assumed the higher responsibility for Hezbollah 's military branch, while Nasrallah maintained his post of secretary general in charge of the party's intelligence agency.
Mughnieh, the report added, remains in charge of coordination between Hezbollah, Palestinian factions and Iranian intelligence agencies.
Hezbollah denies reports its chief demoted by Iran
The Associated Press
Published: December 14, 2007
... Asharq Al-Awsat reported Thursday that Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to whom Hezbollah swears spiritual loyalty, ordered the command of Hezbollah's military wing to be taken away from Nasrallah and given temporarily to Nasrallah's deputy, Sheik Naim Kassem.
The report cited unidentified "sources close to the office of coordination and mobilization in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards." It said the move was prompted by disputes between Kassem and Nasrallah. ...