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  • Nasrallah: Israel will always be 'haunted by the blood' of Imad Mughniyeh

    02/16/2015 12:10:03 PM PST · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/16/2015 20:02
    Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said Monday that Israel would always be "haunted by the blood" of Imad Mughniyeh, the group's former military leader who was killed in a Damascus car-bombing widely attributed to Israel in 2008. Speaking at an event commemorating Hezbollah's "martyrs," Nasrallah also spoke of Imad Mughniyeh's son, Jihad, as a martyr. Jihad Mughniyeh was killed in an airstrike on a Hezbollah convoy in southern Syria last month that has also been attributed to Israel. "The blood of the martyr Jihad has revived the memory of the commander Hajj Imad Mughniyeh and returned this brilliant and historic leader...
  • Hard Times for Hezbollah

    01/31/2015 6:24:20 AM PST · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Feb 2, 2015 | Lee Smith
    Is Iran’s Lebanese client losing its grip? Last week Hezbollah buried one of its princes, Jihad Mughniyeh, the 22-year-old son of the late Imad Mughniyeh, a legendary Hezbollah commander implicated in such infamous operations as the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut. The assassination of the elder Mughniyeh in Damascus in 2008, typically attributed to Israel, is regarded as one of the organization’s most traumatic blows. However, some in the Shiite community here say that Israel’s January 18 strike on a three-car convoy in the Golan Heights near the Syrian town of Quneitra—which killed the younger Mughniyeh...
  • Iranians vow revenge on Israel as ayatollah plays up Mughniyeh ties

    01/20/2015 11:40:28 AM PST · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | January 20, 2015, 4:00 pm | Ilan Ben Zion
    Supreme leader publishes pictures of him with slain Hezbollah commander and his father; Guards leader warns of ‘devastating lightning’ against Israel Iranian officials threatened harsh retaliation against Israel Tuesday over a reported airstrike two days earlier, as the country’s supreme leader highlighted his personal connection with Jihad Mughniyeh, a Hezbollah commander who was killed in the attack. Revolutionary Guards chief Mohammad Ali Jafari said that Israel should anticipate “devastating lightning,” according to the Iranian Tasnim news agency, and that Iran would widen its support for Muslim fighters in the Middle East “until the final collapse of the Zionist regime.” Several...
  • American-Murdering Hezbollah Terrorist, “Signals Insincerity” Behind Tehran’s Latest Moves

    01/14/2014 1:10:28 PM PST · by armydawg505 · 5 replies ^ | 1/14/14 | staff
    Reuters this evening published photos taken earlier today showing “Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif… lay[ing] a wreath at the grave of assassinated Hezbollah military commander” Imad Mughniyeh, a terrorist who was killed in 2008 after having spent literally decades killing Americans and others on behalf of his paymasters in Tehran. Celebrating a mass-murdering terrorist is a bad choice for any Foreign Minister, but the decision by Tehran’s top diplomat to so brazenly honor a terrorist like Mughniyeh, who killed hundreds of Americans, within hours of inking an agreement with the US and members of the P5+1 sends a very...
  • Hezbollah terror attack on Israelis abroad ‘is imminent’

    04/21/2011 5:31:02 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 22 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | April 21, 2011 | YAAKOV LAPPIN
    Cell seeks to avenge assassination of Imad Mughniyeh; attack could target Israelis in immediate future, security sources warn; Talal Hamia named as Hezbollah commander charged with carrying out strike. Hezbollah is planning a terrorist attack against Israelis abroad within days, security sources warned on Thursday night. The warning of the imminent attack did not mention specific locations. It was issued as many Israelis were abroad for the weeklong Pessah holiday. Security is being stepped up at potential Jewish and Israeli targets overseas, the sources said. They named Hezbollah operative Talal Hamia as the commander of a small but well-organized overseas...
  • 'Hezbollah attack 'already in motion,' officials warn'

    04/21/2011 11:58:26 AM PDT · by mojito · 15 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/21/2011 | Staff
    Security officials in Jerusalem Thursday warned of Hezbollah terrorist attacks against Israeli targets overseas, saying that "a planned attack is already in motion," Channel 2 reported. The officials pointed to Hezbollah's strong desire to avenge the death of Hezbollah's chief of military operations Imad Mughniyeh, who was assassinated in Damascus in 2008. According to the report, the urgency of the new terror warning was related to the anniversary of Mughniyeh's death. While Hezbollah's unit responsible for carrying out terror attacks overseas is not necessarily a large group, they are considered to be very dangerous and very effective, long having striven...
  • Israeli police officers shot dead

    03/15/2009 4:05:58 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 15 replies · 1,127+ views
    BBC News ^ | 15 March 2009 | anon
    Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld confirms two policemen had been shot dead Two Israeli traffic policemen have been shot dead near the West Bank town of Nablus and an operation is under way to try to catch the attacker or attackers. The dying officers were found in their overturned car in the Massua district of the Jordan Valley. It is the first fatal shooting of an Israeli in the West Bank since April of last year. A previously unknown group, named after a dead Lebanese Hezbollah leader, has claimed responsibility for the attack. The Imad Mughniyeh Group, named after the man...
  • Israeli spies linked to murder of Hezbollah chief

    11/09/2008 5:39:12 PM PST · by nuconvert · 20 replies · 337+ views
    TimesOnline - UK ^ | Nov. 9 , 2008
    Two brothers held in Lebanon as Israeli spies are linked to a team responsible for the assassination of a notorious terrorist leader, Lebanese security sources have claimed. Ali Jarrah, 50, a Lebanese citizen, and his brother Youssef, from Marj in the Bekaa valley, were arrested last week by the Lebanese army, which charged them with espionage. A third suspect has also been held, sources close to the investigation said. All three face the death penalty. The spy ring has been linked to the assassination of Imad Mughniyeh, a leading figure in Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shi’ite militia, who was killed in...
  • 'We'll soon avenge Mughniyeh's death' (Hezbollah promises "shocking" response)

    08/22/2008 1:49:14 PM PDT · by mojito · 14 replies · 177+ views
    JPost ^ | 8/22/2008 | Staff
    Hizbullah warned Friday that revenge for the death of the group's terror chief Imad Mughniyeh was not far off. "Hizbullah will soon avenge the assassination of Imad Mughniyeh," said Sheikh Ahmad Morad, a member of the Hizbullah leadership in southern Lebanon. "The revenge will be shocking and huge surprises are in store," he added. "We will not allow Israel and its generals to enjoy stability." Morad was speaking at a Hizbullah rally in southern Lebanon. Mughniyeh was killed in February in a car bomb in the heart of Damascus. Israel has denied involvement. On Wednesday, the Prime Minister's Office issued...
  • Syrian President's Top Aide Assassinated

    08/03/2008 12:31:31 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 113 replies · 570+ views
    ArutzSheva ^ | August 3, 2008 | Hana Levi Julian
    ( Syrian President Bashar Assad's top aide and adviser, General Mohammed Suleiman, was assassinated on Friday, according to Arab news sources. Suleiman, who was also Syria's liaison officer to the Hizbullah terrorist organization in Lebanon, was shot and killed by an unidentified sniper in the Syrian port city of Tartous. Syrian authorities tried unsuccessfully to prevent publication of the news. The country's Albawaba newspaper, which reported the incident, speculated that Israel might have been behind the killing. Both Albawaba and the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper raised the issue of last February's assassination of Hizbullah second-in-command Imad Mughniyeh, who died in a...
  • 'US intel: Hizbullah attack imminent'

    06/25/2008 11:25:39 AM PDT · by mojito · 27 replies · 181+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6/19/2008 | Staff
    US and Canadian intelligence agencies warned Thursday that Hizbullah attacks on Jewish targets around the world could be imminent. ABC News quoted intelligence officials as saying that Hizbullah had activated sleeper cells in Canada, and that top terror operatives had left Lebanon for the US, Canada and Africa. According to the officials, Hizbullah wants to avenge February's assassination of its operations head Imad Mughniyeh in Damascus, for which the Shi'ite group holds Israel accountable. Israel has repeatedly denied the allegation. There was no reliable intelligence regarding the possible targets of such an attack, the sources told ABC News, adding, however,...
  • Report: Saudi Official Arrested in Mughniyeh Death

    04/08/2008 5:59:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies · 107+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | April 9, '08 | staff
    ( Syrian forces have arrested a Saudi official in connection with the killing of arch-terrorist Imad Mughniyeh, according to Iran’s Fars news agency. The official who was detained is a senior defense official working in Damascus, said an Iranian source quoted in the Fars report. The source said that Israel planned the assassination, but that the killing itself was carried out by local Arabs with Syrian and Jordanian citizenship who rented apartments in Mughniyeh’s upscale Damascus neighborhood. Saudi Arabia was heavily involved, he said. The Saudi detainee is reportedly linked to a Syrian woman who is also suspected in the...
  • Syria drafting reserves in preparation for Israeli attack

    04/02/2008 12:15:25 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 64 replies · 231+ views
    Damascus is preparing for a large-scale Israeli attack on Syria and Hizbullah, London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported Wednesday. According to the report, the Syrian army has been maneuvering its forces and drafting some of its reserve forces in preparation for such a contingency. Damascus has also raised the alert level along its borders, and has placed three armored divisions, nine infantry brigades and special forces near its border with Lebanon's Bekaa valley, fearing an Israeli infiltration there. The report claimed that this would be a strategic spot for Israeli ground forces to strike, as it is both a Hizbullah stronghold and...
  • Nasrallah: Mughniyeh's killers must and will be punished

    03/24/2008 9:14:19 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 56 replies · 1,268+ views
    "The one who killed our commander must be punished. The killers must be punished and they will be punished, God willing," Hizbullah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said Monday. In a televised address in Beirut to mark 40 days since the slaying of Hizbullah terror chief Imad Mughniyeh, Nasrallah drew cheers from the crowd saying, "We will choose the time, place and manner of punishment." Mughniyeh was killed in a car bombing in Damascus, in February. Hizbullah and Iran have accused Israel of the assassination. Israel has denied involvement. "We feel Mughniyeh's presence more than ever. Our brothers have found nothing...
  • Report: Hezbollah deputy chief says he has proof Israel killed Mughniyeh

    03/22/2008 2:31:58 PM PDT · by maquiladora · 11 replies · 351+ views
    Hezbollah is certain that Israel was behind last month's assassination of its senior commander Imad Mugniyeh, a state-backed Iranian television network reported on Saturday. According to the report, Hezbollah's Deputy Secretary General Sheik Naim Qassem reaffirmed that the movement has "100 percent solid evidence that Israel had killed martyr Mugniyeh", in a car bombing on February 12 in Damascus. Hezbollah also urged its supporters to hold a mass rally on Monday in the southern Beirut district of Rweiss to commemorate the slain commander. Similar accusations against Israel were made a few days after the assassination by the Hezbollah head of...
  • Report: Assad's Brother-In-Law Behind Mughniyeh Death

    03/16/2008 11:48:56 AM PDT · by Fennie · 27 replies · 930+ views
    IsraelNationalNews ^ | March 16, 2008 | Gil Ronen
    Syrian dictator Bashar Assad's brother-in-law is suspected of engineering the assassination of Hizbullah's operations officer Imad Mughniyeh, according to a report Saturday in Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Siasa ("Politics"). The news report appeared under the headline "Mughniyeh's elimination breaking the back of Damascus regime." The suspicions against the man, Colonel Wasef Shweikat, surfaced after his wife, Bashar Assad's sister Bushra, relocated to Paris with her children following the assassination. The move followed a split between Bashar and Bushra, which began when Mugniyeh informed Bashar of a plot against his regime. The paper said Shweikat met with a senior American intelligence officer in...
  • Israel on high alert as end of Mughniyeh mourning period draws near

    03/16/2008 4:25:25 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 5 replies · 420+ views
    JERUSALEM: Israel has placed its security forces on higher alert, beefed up security at diplomatic missions abroad and advised Israeli travelers to put off trips to Muslim states for fear Lebanese militants will carry out a revenge attack at the upcoming end of the mourning period for an assassinated arch-terrorist, security officials say. Hezbollah and its Iranian patrons blame Israel for the Feb. 12 car bombing that killed Imad Mughniyeh, a Hezbollah leader suspected of masterminding a series of spectacular attacks against U.S. and Jewish targets. The Israeli government has denied the charge, although military officials have been vaguer, refusing...
  • Shiite Crackdown after Mughniyeh Mourning Stirs Up Sectarian Tension in Kuwait

    03/13/2008 4:40:58 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 1 replies · 365+ views
    Naharnet ^ | 13 Mar 08 | Staff
    A crackdown on leading clerics and politicians from Kuwait's Shiite minority has stoked sectarian tensions in the oil-rich Gulf state, raising questions about its aim and timing, analysts say. Claims that Shiite activists who took part in a controversial rally in February are seeking to topple the regime "amount to a sectarian campaign by the security agencies ... against prominent figures of the Shiite community," a group of leading Shiite clerics said in a statement. "If you're a Shiite in Kuwait, you have to swear five times a day after each prayer that you hate Iran and love Israel" in...
  • Israel Prepares For Showdown With Iran

    03/01/2008 3:12:21 AM PST · by maquiladora · 8 replies · 187+ views
    With Iranian leaders bombastically stating once again during February that Israel will soon be destroyed, Israel's top military leader warned mid-month that a decisive armed conflict could break out in the troubled region at any time. He added that it would be a major test over the resolve and preparedness of the country's regular and reserve armed forces. This came soon after the army, air force and navy were placed on heightened alert after the Lebanese Hizbullah militia vowed to avenge the assassination of its top military commander, which it blamed on Israel. Tensions escalated even further after the group's...
  • Arab Paper: Arab Nations Conspired With Mossad To Assassinate Mughniyeh

    02/27/2008 1:04:48 PM PST · by Shermy · 27 replies · 158+ views
    Nasdaq ^ | February 27, 2008
    (RTTNews) - Syrian sources on Wednesday told London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newpaper that several Arab nations conspired with Israel's intelligence service Mossad, to assassinate Hizbullah chief of operations Imad Mughniyeh earlier this month. The latest speculation on the assassination of the Hizbullah terror chief comes two days after the former Hizbullah commander's widow accused Syria of being behind her husband's assassination. According to the Syrian sources, Damascus was making considerable progress in the investigation of Mughniyeh's death, and would publish the results of its inquiry following the Arab league summit in Damascus in March. ... Mughniyeh was killed in a car...
  • Iran: Slain Hezbollah military chief's widow points the finger at Syria

    02/25/2008 1:35:03 PM PST · by Shermy · 37 replies · 257+ views
    AKI ^ | February 25, 2008
    Tehran, 25 Feb. (AKI) - The wife of assassinated militant leader Imad Mughniyeh, claims that Syria was behind the killing of her husband, reported Alborz, a pro-Iranian government source. Her husband, Imad Mughniyeh was killed in a bombing in Damascus on 13 February and Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, Syria and Iran have blamed Israel for assassinating him. Mughniyeh was the intelligence chief of Hezbollah's secretive military wing, the Islamic Resistance. "The Syrian traitors assisted in my husband's murder," said the wife. Saudi daily 'Okaz' has also entertained the idea of Syria being behind the murder of Mughniyeh. It hypothesises a...
  • Syria Rejects to Inform Hizbullah of the Mughniyeh Killing Investigation

    02/21/2008 10:40:15 AM PST · by maquiladora · 8 replies · 87+ views
    The Kuwaiti newspaper al-Qabas on Thursday reported that Syria has refused to brief Hizbullah on the outcome of investigations into the assassination of Imad Mughniyeh. The report was attributed to "informed gulf sources." The report said Hizbullah had asked to be briefed on outcome of the investigations in the Mughniyeh killing by a bomb blast in Damascus on Feb. 12. Damascus rejected the Hizbullah request on the grounds that "Mughniyeh had not informed the authorities of his visit but rather entered Syria as a common visitor." The report did not disclose further details. Hizbullah had blamed the Mughniyeh killing on...
  • Mughniyeh’s Death a Harbinger for War

    02/19/2008 6:48:41 PM PST · by Perdogg · 7 replies · 126+ views
    arab news ^ | 02.20.08 | Osama Al Sharif
    There are no written rules of engagement in the ongoing tussle between Israel and Hezbollah. And if there were, neither would stick by them for long. This has been an open war with both parties using every available resource and every trick in the book. But quite often both would accept mediation and, through third-party negotiations, they would agree to exchange prisoners and the remains of dead soldiers and fighters.
  • Iran: 'Cancerous' Israel to soon disappear

    02/18/2008 10:01:10 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 68 replies · 285+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Feb 18, 2008 9:16 | Updated Feb 19, 2008 7:43 | JPOST.COM STAFF AND AP
    Talkbacks for this article: 105 "The cancerous growth Israel will soon disappear," Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps commander Muhammad Ali Jafari wrote to Hizbullah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, the FARS news agency reported Monday. In a letter of condolence following last week's assassination of Hizbullah terror chief Imad Mughniyeh, Jafari said: "I am convinced that with every passing day Hizbullah's might is increasing and in the near future, we will witness the disappearance of this cancerous growth Israel by means of the Hizbullah fighters' radiation [therapy]." In the letter, in which Jafari consoled Nasrallah over the death of the "martyr," he...
  • Hezbollah: Revenge for Mugniyah killing to be 'extremely costly' for Israel

    02/18/2008 2:31:48 AM PST · by maquiladora · 28 replies · 158+ views
    "It won't be long before the conceited Zionists realize that Imad Mughniyah's blood is extremely costly, and it makes history and brings about a new victory," Hezbollah's head of the southern Lebanon region, Sheikh Nabil Kauk, said Sunday at a memorial service for the arch-terrorist who was killed in a car explosion in Damascus last week. auk, who spoke in Mughniyah's home village, Tayr Debba, in south Lebanon, added that Israel was "standing on one leg of fear and trepidation, having become the hostage of its own act of stupidity." Kauk spoke at a ceremony attended by the Iranian ambassador...
  • Hezbollah Will Soon Destroy Israel, Says Iran Guards

    02/18/2008 9:41:02 AM PST · by Fennie · 37 replies · 104+ views
    Reuters ^ | February 18, 2008
    TEHRAN (Reuters) - The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Monday Israel would soon be destroyed by the "hands of Hezbollah", the Lebanese group which is backed by the Islamic Republic, Fars News Agency reported. Guards commander-in-chief Mohammad Ali Jafari made the comment in a letter to Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah to offer condolences after the killing of senior guerrilla commander Imad Moughniyah in a car bomb last week in Damascus. "In the near future, we will witness the destruction of the cancerous existence of Israel by the powerful and competent hands of the Hezbollah combatants", Jafari was...
  • Source: Israel deploys Patriot missiles fearing Hezbollah strike

    02/18/2008 8:32:42 AM PST · by · 6 replies · 73+ views
    Haaretz ^ | Feb. 18, 2008 | Yoav Stern and Barak Ravid
    Israel has deployed a battery of U.S.-made Patriot air defense missiles near the northern port city of Haifa as part of precautions against a possible attack by Lebanon's Hezbollah in response to the assassination last week of the group's top commander Imad Mughniyah, Israeli security officials said Monday. The officials said the battery was put on standby Sunday for the first time since Israel's month-long war with Hezbollah in the summer of 2006, when the Lebanese guerrillas fired nearly 4,000 rockets into northern Israel. Patriot batteries were first deployed in Israel during the 1991 Gulf War, but they failed to...
  • McConnell: Hezbollah Threat 'Serious'

    02/17/2008 10:58:49 AM PST · by Perdogg · 9 replies · 126+ views ^ | 02.17.08
    The U.S. intelligence chief said Sunday that internal Hezbollah groups or Syria may be to blame for the killing of a Hezbollah commander that has led the FBI to put domestic terror squads on alert in the United States. Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell said the United States is still reviewing the case following the death last Tuesday of commander Imad Mughniyeh. Hezbollah blamed Israel and has pledged to attack Jewish targets worldwide in retaliation. That led the FBI last week to be vigilant for possible threats in the U.S. against synagogues and other potential Jewish targets.
  • 'Mossad killed Imad Mughniyeh'

    02/17/2008 12:52:57 PM PST · by ricks_place · 20 replies · 179+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Feb 17, 2008 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    The Defense Ministry has been instructed to raise its alert level due to concerns that Hizbullah will target Israelis and Jews abroad with the aid of Iran and Syria in retaliation for the death of Hizbullah operations chief Imad Mughniyeh, Defense Minister Ehud Barak announced on Sunday. Speaking at the weekly cabinet meeting, Barak said Mughniyeh was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of civilians and soldiers over dozens of years in numerous countries worldwide. He estimated that it would take time for Hizbullah to replace him. Syria and Hizbullah still don't have a clear picture of who assassinated Mughniyeh,...
  • Imad Mughniyeh: Hezbollah's Phantom Killed (

    02/17/2008 10:38:40 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies · 372+ views
    Iran Press Service ^ | Saturday, February 16, 2008 | Alireza Nourizadeh
    London, 15 Feb. (Asharq Al-Awsat)- Imad Mughniyeh, one of the world’s most wanted men, was killed in a car bomb in the Syrian capital, Damascus, late Tuesday night. Mughniyeh was on an FBI wanted list with a US$25 million bounty on his head, equal to the bounty that the US has put for Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.Mughniyeh was implicated in a series of infamous attacks against US, Israeli and Jewish targets in Lebanon and abroad. On Wednesday, Hezbollah announced that Mughniyeh had been killed by Israeli agents. Mughniyeh was implicated in a series of infamous attacks against US,...
  • Barak: Syria,Iran may help Hezbollah retaliate for Mughniyah killing (Using a drone suggested)

    02/17/2008 4:50:06 AM PST · by Nextrush · 10 replies · 115+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 2/17/08 | Haaretz Correspondents
    Defense Minister Ehud Barak told the cabinet Sunday that Syria and Iran may assist Hezbollah in retaliation for the assassination of its deputy leader Tuesday in Damascus.... The defense minister said Mughniyah's death dealt a serious blow to Hezbollah and global terror in general, stressing it would take Hezbollah a long time to find a suitable replacement..... The defense establishment is concerned Hezbollah may use an explosives-laden unmanned aerial vehicle to attack a civilian or military target in northern or central Israel in retaliation for the Mughniyah assassination. The Israel Air Force has been placed on alert for such a...
  • Israel kills terror chief with headrest bomb

    02/16/2008 11:19:33 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 212 replies · 345+ views
    Times Online (UK) ^ | February 17, 2008 | Uzi Mahnaimi in Tel Aviv, Hala Jaber in Beirut and Jon Swain
    NOTHING seemed very remarkable about the short, bearded man who mingled with other guests on Tuesday evening at a reception in Damascus, the Syrian capital, to mark the 29th anniversary of Ayatollah Khomeini’s Iranian revolution. Yet before the night was over he was dead in the twisted wreckage of his car and the inevitable assumption was that Mossad, the Israeli foreign intelligence service, had killed him with an ingeniously planted bomb. The news spread rapidly that the dead man was Imad Mughniyeh, an elusive figure known as “the Fox” who had been one of the world’s most feared terrorist masterminds....
  • Mughniyeh and Al Qaeda

    02/16/2008 7:22:02 PM PST · by jdm · 10 replies · 251+ views
    Little Green Footballs ^ | Feb. 16, 2008 | Thomas Joscelyn/Charles Johnson
    Thomas Joscelyn has an excellent piece on the death of Imad Mughniyeh, and his possible connections to Al Qaeda and the terror attacks of 9/11: Death by Car Bomb in Damascus. Late Tuesday night in Damascus, Imad Mugniyah, senior terrorist of Hezbollah, was killed in a car bomb explosion. It was a fitting death for a founding father of Islamic terrorism, a man who himself had built many bombs. If you had not heard of Mugniyah before, there is a good reason. Terror chieftains like Osama bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri seek the limelight with their frequent and widely...
  • ANALYSIS: What Hezbollah could lose in avenging Mughniyah

    02/16/2008 4:02:48 PM PST · by SmithL · 19 replies · 203+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 2/17/8 | Avi Issacharoff and Amos Harel
    The German weekly Der Spiegel reported Saturday that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert plans to declare the two soldiers kidnapped by Hezbollah, Eldad Regev and Udi Goldwasser, dead. Olmert was in Germany last week, and the Germans are the chief mediators between Israel and Hezbollah on this issue. The likelihood that they are dead increases with every day that goes by with no sign of life from them. Israeli security sources confirmed last night that the intelligence community is reassessing the kidnapped soldiers' situation and is likely to make "difficult decisions" on the matter in the coming weeks. But Israel is...
  • Syria denies joint probe with Iran

    02/16/2008 12:45:37 PM PST · by Shermy · 9 replies · 91+ views ^ | February 16, 2008
    Syria has denied Iranian reports that the two countries will conduct a joint investigation into the assassination of top Hizbullah commander Imad Mughniyeh, who was killed by a car bomb in the Syrian capital on Tuesday night. [Imad Mughniyeh.] Imad Mughniyeh. Photo: FBI Website Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Reza Sheik Attar announced the joint probe on Friday, according to Iran's official news agency. But an unnamed Syrian official dismissed the report as "totally baseless" and said Damascus would conduct the investigation alone, Syria's state-run news agency reported late Friday. Hizbullah and its Iranian backers have accused Israel of killing...
  • FBI Warns of Possible Hezbollah Revenge in U.S.

    02/16/2008 8:27:13 AM PST · by kellynla · 38 replies · 86+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 16, 2008 | Josh Meyer
    WASHINGTON — The FBI and Department of Homeland Security sent a bulletin Friday to state and local law enforcement authorities advising them to watch for potential retaliatory strikes by Hezbollah, one day after the Lebanese militia group vowed to avenge the death of a top commander by attacking Israeli and Jewish targets around the world. "While retaliation in the U.S. homeland is unlikely, Hezbollah has demonstrated a capability to respond outside the Middle East to similar events in the past," said the intelligence bulletin sent to about 18,000 state and local law enforcement officials late Friday afternoon. The FBI also...
  • Syria arrests Palestinians suspects in connection Mughniyeh assassination

    02/16/2008 11:43:51 AM PST · by ScaniaBoy · 37 replies · 584+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | February 15, 2008 | staff
    Syrian security forces have arrested several Palestinians suspects in connection with the assassination of Hizbullah commander Imad Mughniyeh, a Lebanese security source told Reuters on Friday. The source added that Hizbullah had appointed a successor to Mughniyeh within hours of his death in a car bomb blast in the Syrian capital.
  • Syria Denies Joint Iran Investigation ( Into demise of terrorist Mughniyeh)

    02/16/2008 8:54:30 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies · 73+ views
    AP ^ | Feb 16, 2008 | unkown
    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria denied Iranian claims that the two countries would conduct a joint investigation into the assassination of a top Hezbollah commander, the Syrian state news agency reported.Imad Mughniyeh, who was one of the world's most wanted fugitives, was killed in a car bomb in the Syrian capital Tuesday night. He was accused of masterminding attacks that killed hundreds of Americans in Lebanon in the 1980s.Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Reza Sheik Attar announced the joint probe on Friday, according to Iran's official news agency.But a Syrian official dismissed the report as "totally baseless" and said Damascus...
  • Mother cheers death of militant responsible for son's death (RE:Imad Mughniyeh)

    02/16/2008 3:35:35 AM PST · by csvset · 9 replies · 180+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | February 16, 2008 | Lon Wagner
    ChesapeakeBarbara Rockwell has a soft way about her. Light brown hair swirls around her face, adorned by oval-framed glasses and gold elephant earrings.Her voice is comforting and doesn't become loud or sound angry when she takes delight in a certain man's death."The fact that he got blown up in a car," Rockwell said, pausing, "I don't know who did it, but I'd like to thank him."The man against whom she has held this grudge for more than 24 years was a Hezbollah commander named Imad Mughniyeh. The reason she held it is that her son, Marine Cpl. Michael Caleb Sauls,...
  • Israel on high alert for massive Hezbollah reprisal

    02/15/2008 4:06:32 PM PST · by maquiladora · 14 replies · 99+ views
    The Israel Defence Forces have been placed on high alert at the Lebanese border and Israel's counter-terrorism bureau has advised citizens traveling abroad, diplomatic missions and Jewish communities and institutions around the world to take strict safety precautions and request police protection, following Sheik Hassan Nasrallah's threats on Thursday to avenge the killing of Hezbollah's Operations Chief Imad Mughniyah. Special commando units have been dispatched to reinforce the northern command to combat attempted abductions of Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah militants and all troop leave has been cancelled until further notice. The Navy has also been alerted to possible offshore infiltration...
  • Why No Cheers For Terrorist's Death?

    02/15/2008 5:10:57 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies · 166+ views
    IBD ^ | February 15, 2008
    Terrorism: After the well-deserved demise of one of the world's most lethal terrorists, we'd have expected joy on the part of freedom-loving peoples everywhere. Instead, as one report put it, the reaction was "mixed."Maybe it's a just sign of the times when someone whose career as a mass murderer and enemy of civilization rivals that of some Nazis is mourned as a martyr in the Middle East while Western democracies who feared him largely remained mum. But we were still surprised at the response. The usual Google searches didn't turn up much. The U.S. and Israel, it seems, are the...
  • Nasrallah: If Israel wants open war, so be it

    02/15/2008 4:37:00 PM PST · by NoGrayZone · 34 replies · 75+ views
    Debka ^ | February 14, 2008 | ?
    "The blood of our slain commander will lead to Israel's demise," said the Hizballah leader, Hassan Nasrallah in a diatribe broadcast at the funeral of the group’s military commander Imad Mughniyeh Thursday, Feb. 18. “I say for the whole world to hear that our war will extend everywhere without restraints. The LebanonLebanon WarWar is not over; there is no ceasefire.”
  • Slain Hezbollah chief was among world's most feared terrorists

    02/14/2008 10:07:38 AM PST · by april15Bendovr · 9 replies · 62+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | Wednesday, February 13, 2008 | By James Risen
    Slain Hezbollah chief was among world's most feared terrorists By James Risen Wednesday, February 13, 2008 WASHINGTON: Long before Osama bin Laden founded Al Qaeda and launched the Sept. 11 attacks against the United States, Imad Mughniyeh, a onetime engineering student from Lebanon, was one of the world's most feared terrorists, implicated in a deadly hijacking, bomb attacks on American troops and diplomats, kidnappings and arms smuggling. Mughniyeh, born in Lebanon in 1962, was said to have lived in Iran, and long eluded American and other Western intelligence services, evading the U.S. military's attempts to capture him on at least...
  • A fitting death for terrorist Imad Mughniyeh

    02/15/2008 10:39:13 AM PST · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 183+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | Februari 15 2008 | Con Coughlin
    As a young reporter working in Beirut 25 years ago, when my daily routine consisted of dodging car bombs and the attentions of Shia kidnappers, one name guaranteed to spread terror throughout the beleaguered community of foreign nationals was that of Imad Mughniyeh. The 1980s were the heyday of the celebrity terrorist. There was Carlos the Jackal, the Venezuelan-born Marxist who led the team that took 42 Opec ministers hostage during a conference in Vienna in 1975; he was then living under the protection of Syria in Damascus. And there was Abu Nidal, the radical Palestinian terrorist, who thought nothing...
  • BBC: Syria 'to name Mughniyeh killer'

    02/15/2008 7:34:09 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 154 replies · 2,115+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, 15 February 2008, 13:39 GMT | BBC Staff
    Syria 'to name Mughniyeh killer' Iranian TV said a booby-trapped car had exploded next to Mughniyeh's Syria has said it will soon present "irrefutable" proof of who was behind the killing of Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh in the capital, Damascus.Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem would not discuss the ongoing investigation, but insisted the world would "soon hear the results of this mighty effort". Meanwhile, Iranian TV has broadcast a video reportedly of Tuesday's bombing. On Thursday, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah blamed Israel for the blast and warned it was ready for "open war". Israel has rejected the claims, but nonetheless...
  • Gotcha! (Ken Timmerman interviewed on assassination of Imad Mugniyeh)

    02/14/2008 12:20:53 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 48 replies · 170+ views
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | 2/14/2008 | Jamie Glazov
    Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Kenneth R. Timmerman, the New York Times bestselling author of Countdown to Crisis, The French Betrayal of America, Preachers of Hate: Islam and the War on America, and Death Lobby: How the West Armed Iraq. In 2006 he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his groundbreaking reporting on Iran ’s nuclear weapons program. He is the author of the new book, Shadow Warriors: The Untold Story of Traitors, Saboteurs, and the Party of Surrender. FP: Kenneth R. Timmerman, welcome to Frontpage Interview.Timmerman: It’s my pleasure, Jamie. FP: Thank you for joining us today...
  • Hizbullah Blames Hamas for Breach That Led To Mughniyeh Killing

    02/15/2008 5:21:07 AM PST · by APRPEH · 14 replies · 53+ views
    INN ^ | 9 Adar 5768, February 15, '08 | Hillel Fendel
    ( Hizbullah blames Syrian-based Hamas leaders for causing a security breach that allowed Western elements to kill arch-terrorist Imad Mughniyeh. So reported a Lebanese source close to Hizbullah to a Jordanian media outlet. It was also reported that Mughniyeh's purpose in being in Damascus was to meet with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal. Mughniyeh, one of Hizbullah's top terrorists, was assassinated in a car-bombing in Damascus late Tuesday night, causing shock at the breach of the intense precautions he took to preserve his safety. The Hizbullah source said that Mughniyeh's car was blown up shortly after he visited a Hamas military...
  • Who Was Imad Mughniyeh?

    02/14/2008 8:39:43 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies · 298+ views
    The Washington Institute. ^ | February 14, 2008 | Matthew Levitt and David Schenker
    Yesterday's assassination of arch-terrorist Imad Mughniyeh was welcome news in Washington, Buenos Aires, Tel Aviv, and, albeit quietly, Beirut and Baghdad. For Hizballah and Damascus, however, the loss of Mughniyeh -- who was a brilliant military tactician, a key contact to Tehran, and a successful political leader -- is a severe blow to their ongoing activities and operations. Early Life Imad Fayez Mughniyeh, also known as Hajj Radwan, was reportedly born in south Lebanon in 1962 and became a sniper in Yasser Arafat's forces in 1976. He has been implicated in some of the most spectacular terrorist attacks of the...
  • Nasrallah during Beirut rally: If Israel wants war, so be it (Vows revenge for killing of a killer)

    02/14/2008 11:13:46 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 77 replies · 118+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Feb 14, 2008 17:53 | DIMI REIDER
    Hizbullah's chief on Thursday vowed to retaliate against Israeli targets abroad after accusing Israel of taking the fight beyond Lebanese borders with its assassination of one of the group's top commanders, Imad Mughniyeh in Syria. "You have killed Hajj Imad outside the natural battlefield," Hassan Nasrallah said, addressing Israel and referring to Hizbullah's longtime contention it only fights Israel within Lebanon and along their common border. "You have crossed the borders," Nasrallah said in the fiery eulogy at the funeral of Mughniyeh in south Beirut. "With this murder, its timing, location and method - Zionists, if you want this kind...
  • Syria may pay price for killing (Bashar Assad has boasted Damascus is "the capital of resistance")

    02/14/2008 7:20:25 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 156+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/14/08 | Hamzi Hendawi - ap
    DAMASCUS, Syria - President Bashar Assad boasts that Damascus is "the capital of resistance," a claim borne out by the presence here of Hamas leaders and a host of other radical Palestinian groups. But the killing of Imad Mughniyeh, one of America's most-wanted fugitives, in the Syrian capital shows how costly the regime's traditional hospitality toward Arab hard-liners can be. Mughniyeh's presence on Syrian soil was a deep embarrassment to Damascus, fueling U.S. accusations that the country allows extremists of many stripes — Palestinian militants, Hezbollah operatives and Iraqi insurgents — to operate freely. And the fact that someone was...