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Report: Syrian Intel Officer Who Coordinated with Palestinian Groups Assassinated

Seen through the hospital gates, an ambulance is escorted, believed to be carrying the bodies of two western journalists, Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik, arriving late Friday March 2, 2012, to Alassad University Hospital in Damascus, Syria, after having been delivered earlier Friday by Syrian authorities to the International Committee …

The Times of Israel reports: A Syrian military intelligence officer in charge of the army’s “Palestine Department” was assassinated Saturday in the country’s northwest, Arabic media reported.

Ahmad Issa Habib was said to have been shot in the head by unknown assailants in the village of Baarin, west of the city of Hama. Some reports said he was killed in his car, others that he was hit at his home.

According to Israel’s Army Radio, quoting Syrian opposition sources, Habib was the point man in President Bashar Assad’s regime “responsible for the struggle against Israel.”

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