Unconventional thinking about the Middle East.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Lebanon: Jamil al-Sayyid Released From Prison

Former Gen. Jamil al-Sayyid was released from prison today. He had been held, along with three other officers, since 2005 for an alleged role in the assassination of Prime Minister Rafiq al-Hariri. I met him shortly before he was arrested, and my gut instinct told me that he wasn't involved.

This is what I wrote at the time.

Note: al-Sayyid should be thought of as a possible future challenger to Hezbollah. Secular Shi'as may be able to coalesce around him; other candidates, especially those admitting Saudi funding, are simply not credible. It's a long term project that some people should start thinking about. If al-Sayyid aspires to national standing, then he'll also begin to sound anti-Syrian, which is always a plus.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nibras, you have an almost scary ability to forecast the future. You think differently and frankly, make most other MidEast "watchers" look pretty superficial. Could you give us a pointer or two on how to approach/think about the region? thanks

2:30 AM, April 30, 2009

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