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U.N. report blasts Syria, calls for international probe into killing of ex-Lebanese leader

A United Nations team investigating the Feb. 14 bombing that killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri accused the Syrian government on Thursday of fostering the lawless climate and political tensions surrounding his death, but stopped short of blaming Syria for the assassination. The scathing 19-page report also held Lebanon’s pro-Syrian government responsible for deteriorating security and a flawed investigation into the attack. The U.N. report called for a more intensive, independent, international probe into the bombing, which it said also killed 19 other people. “There was a serious failure on the part of the Lebanese security apparatus to predict and prevent the assassination,” wrote Deputy Irish Police Commissioner Peter FitzGerald, the head of the U.N. fact-finding team, which spent three weeks in Lebanon investigating Hariri’s killing. Full Story

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