The chief of Lebanon's Hizbullah movement group told some 3,000 Shi'ites mourning the death of Iraq's Shiite cleric, Ayatollah Mohammad Baqer al-Hakim, that the United States and Israel had most to gain from the latter's killing.
"The Americans do not want a state in Iraq, they want a splintered Iraq and the Israelis want to crush Iraq," said Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah.
He was speaking in Beirut the day after the anniversary of Imam Mousa Sadr's disappearance. The Imam and two companions, a Sheikh and a journalist, disappeared during a visit to Libya on August 31, 1978.
Nasrallah called on Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi to admit responsability for the disappearance of the Imam.
"If he is truly speaking about courage and wisdom...then let him have the same courage to disclose the fate of Imam Mussa Sadr and bear responsibility for this issue," Nasrallah stated.
"Kadhafi, personally, knows the fate of Imam Mussa Sadr," Nasrallah told a rally in Beirut's southern suburbs.
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