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UPDATED: 08:03, December 19, 2006
Israel's Mossad: Syria is arming Hezbollah rapidly
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Syria is arming the Hezbollah guerillas at rapid pace and trying to topple the Lebanese government, head of Israel's Mossad intelligence agency said on Monday.

In his briefing of the Knesset (Parliament) Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee on Monday, Mossad Chief Meir Dagan said there is no indication that Syria is moving toward peace, according to a local newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth report.

Dagan said that Syria is now arming itself and Hezbollah at a rapid pace, trying to topple Siniora's government, and undermining American presence in Iraq.

About the situation in Lebanon after the war in last summer, Dagan said that Hezbollah hasn't been disarmed and keeps its presence in the southern Lebanon, in coordination with the Lebanese army.

"Hezbollah is unabatedly being armed with missiles, some of which they have installed north of the Litani. Hezbollah is using all its strength to nullify Resolution 1701," Dagan added.

Referring to the Iran issue, Dagan said that Tehran is approaching nuclear capability. "They have technical problems that they have yet to solve, but no international pressure is being applied against them at the moment," Dagan was quoted as saying.

Dagan also warned of the growing power of al-Qaida, who indicated Israel as a main target. According to him, "If Iraq crumbles, al-Qaida's influence on the moderate regimes will increase."

Source: Xinhua

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