GAZIANTEP, Turkey – Hezbollah acted alone in the July 2012 attack that killed
five Israelis and a Belgian bus driver in Burgas, The New Yorker reported this
Quoting an American defense official, the magazine reported that
following the attack, Iranian Quds Forces commander Qassem Suleimani had “asked
his subordinates, ‘Does anyone know about this?’ No one did.”
acted on its own in that one, the US official said.
In an email to The
Jerusalem Post, Dr. Matthew Levitt, head of the Stein Program on Counter-terrorism and Intelligence at the Washington Institute for Near East
Policy, wrote that “Burgas was done at the behest of Iran, but Hezbollah appears
to have carried out the plot solo, without Iranian logistical
Levitt is the author of the critically acclaimed Hezbollah: The
Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Party of God.
Israel and the United States
both stated after the July 18 Hezbollah attack that the operation was a joint
Iran and Hezbollah mission.
Bulgaria’s government accused Hezbollah’s
military wing of launching the attack.
The Post reported that a
Canadian-Iranian woman monitored the Sofia Chabad center last July. She was
detained and deported.
Iranians also attempted to access Bulgaria in the
same month, but were refused entry. It is unclear if the Iranians and Hezbollah
were coordinating attacks targeting the Chabad center and other
Jerusalem Post staff contributed to this report.
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