Mossad accused of killing top Syrian rocket scientist

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman looks at Syria from the Golan Heights

In a similar report, Syria's al-Watan said that Israel's Mossad was behind Asbar's assassination. NYT spelled it as Absar, the Israeli newspaper called him Abzar while Syrian official agency described him as Isber.

Aziz Azbar, the head of the Syrian Scientific Research and Studies Center in Masyaf, and a leading scientist in the development of medium- and long-range missiles, was killed along with his driver in a bombing on August 4th night, according to reports.

The head of a Syrian research facility that Western countries say was part of a chemical weapons program was killed when his vehicle was blown up, the pro-Syrian government newspaper al-Watan said on Sunday.

'I can say that assuming the details of this man's activities are correct and he was engaged in developing chemical weapons and longer-range missiles capable of hitting Israel, I certainly welcome his demise'. "Every time, they try to place the blame on us", Lieberman told Israel's Channel 2 News.

NYT report further said that Ibser was one of Syria's most important rocket scientists, bent on amassing an arsenal of precision-guided missiles that could be launched with pinpoint accuracy against Israeli cities hundreds of miles away.

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Under Israeli law, only the prime minister can authorize assassinations, termed "negative treatment" by Mossad. He led a top-secret weapons-development unit called Sector 4 and was hard at work building and underground weapons factory to replace one destroyed by Israel previous year.

An Israeli air strike also targeted Asbar's research centre on July 22, Syrian state media reported.

Israel frequently attacks military targets inside Syria in an attempt to prop up terrorist groups that have been suffering defeats against Syrian government forces.

His work was involved most with the Bashar al-Assad government along with possible ties with the Hezbollah movement and Iran.

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