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February 1, 2015 11:01 am

Report: CIA and Mossad Collaborated in Assasination of Senior Hezbollah Chief Mughniyah

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The CIA worked with the Israeli Mossad to kill senior Hezbollah leader Imad Fayez Mughniyah in 2008. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – The 2008 killing of Hezbollah’s international operations chief, Imad Mughniyeh, was a joint Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)-Mossad operation, the Washington Postreported Friday.

Mughniyeh was killed in Damascus, Syria, by a bomb planted in a vehicle that was detonated as he passed by on foot. Hezbollah blamed Israel for Mughniyeh’s death and vowed revenge, but Israel never officially confirmed nor denied its involvement.

According to the Washington Post report, the bomb that killed Mughniyeh was detonated remotely by Israeli Mossad agents in Tel Aviv, who were in communication with CIA spotters on the ground in Damascus. The U.S. reportedly helped build the bomb, which was tested numerous times at a CIA facility in North Carolina. Former U.S. officials cited in the report said Mughniyeh was directly connected to the arming and training of Shiite militias in Iraq that were targeting U.S. forces.

Jihad Mughniyeh, Imad’s son, was killed along with five other Hezbollah terrorists in the reported Israeli airstrike on Syria on Jan. 18.

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  • Matt

    In the headrest, the rear tyre. I prefer the one in which the car was actually swapped for an exact copy down to key turn. Now that is art.

  • shloime

    so, for some strange reason, perhaps an alignment of jupiter and mars, several senior cia officers feel compelled to tell a tale to a washington post reporter? it’s a carefully concocted story to take credit for american participation, full of juicy (and slightly irrelevant) details, and implicates israel in mughniyeh’s killing. the message would seem to be, you see, we also know a thing or two about fighting terrorists, so mr netanyahu shouldn’t come to washington to lecture us about it. (leaking operational details and provoking further hezbollah revenge attacks are just unintended consequences of waging a spin campaign against public enemy number one, netanyahu.)

    senior intelligence officials don’t just risk their pensions or their lives talking to journalists, without permission from their superiors. those being the same superiors who supposedly “have israel’s back”?