Mossad accused of killing top Syrian rocket scientist

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In the past, Israel carried out several attacks inside Syria, targeting what it says are Iranian targets, mostly near the occupied Golan Heights.

An Israeli government official declined to comment on reports of Asber's death when asked by Reuters.

Intelligence official quoted in the New York Times today said that Israel had been tracking Azbar for years, and had wanted to assassinate him over his prominent role in Syria's weapons programme even before the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011.

In the Syrian province of Hama near the town of Masyaf undermined the auto in which Aziz was Asbel, head of the research center, in which, in the opinion of Western countries secretly developed chemical weapons.

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The Syrian opposition blamed [Saturday's] attack on the Assad regime, claiming [Asbar] was very familiar with Syria's chemical weapons deployment and its use against civilians.

The head of a Syrian research centre that the West accuses of being part of a chemical weapons programme was killed after his vehicle exploded, reports said.

"Every day in the Middle East there are hundreds of explosions and settling of scores".

Israel's Hadashot TV news said Sunday night that he was in charge of a project improving the range and accuracy of the regime's Scud missiles.

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Under Israeli law, only the prime minister can authorize assassinations, termed "negative treatment" by Mossad. The official said Mossad had been tracking Asbar, who was allegedly in charge of re-building an underground weapons factory that the Israeli military destroyed previous year. He said it was the fourth time in three years the Mossad has assassinated an enemy weapons engineer in a foreign country.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad attends an interview with a Greek newspaper in Damascus, in this handout released May 10, 2018.

An Israeli air strike targeted the research center July 22, Syrian state media and the Observatory reported.

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