INTRODUCTION: The five-month Gulf War has produced a series of bombing and assassinations related to the Iran-Iraq conflict.
SV Coffin of Mohammed Saleh al-Husseini being carried through Beirut street past soldiers
CU Photograph of Ayatollah Khomeini on soldier's jacket ZOOM OUT TO soldier
GV White hearse leading procession
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The five-month Gulf War has produced a series of bombing and assassinations related to the Iran-Iraq conflict. On Thursday (5 March) an Iraqi dissident, who was political adviser to the Iranian government and an associate of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, was shot dead in West Beirut. A large crowd of Iranian supporters attended his funeral on Saturday (7 March).
SYNOPSIS: Mohammed Saleh al-Husseini had been acting as a link between Teheran and supporters in Lebanon, particularly the Palestinians, according to informed sources. He was killed instantly by gunmen who opened fire at close range.
Born in the Iraqi Shi'ite holy city of Najaf, where he was a close associate of Ayatollah Khomeini, during his exile there, Husseini was later deported from Iraq. Iranian security forces said he was killed on instructions from Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
His body was later transported by car to Damascus, for probable burial in Iran. A week earlier, two Iraqi Embassy staff were shot dead in the same area.