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Assad threatened Hariri before murder: Syria’s Khaddam

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad threatened former Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri just months before his murder, Syria’s ex-vice president Abdel Halim Khaddam said, implicating officials in Damascus. “I will destroy anyone who tries to hinder our decisions,” Assad told Hariri during a meeting in Damascus, Khaddam told Dubai-based television Al-Arabiya in an interview from Paris. Khaddam said the meeting took place a few months before the February 14 assassination of Hariri in a Beirut bomb blast for which a UN probe has implicated Syrian intelligence. The Syrian intelligence services could not have carried out such an operation without Assad being informed, he said, when asked if the head of state could have been unaware. Full Story

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