Senior Hezbollah Leader Killed

by Ed Palazzolo

Senior Hezbollah leader, Imad Mughniyeh, was killed Tuesday, 12 February 2008, by a car bomb in Damascus.

Mughniyeh has been on the FBI’s Most Wanted list for over 20 years. Mughniyeh was an intelligence leader for Hezbollah’s secretive military branch, he was believed to be responsible for taking Western hostages in Lebanon, he had a role in coordinating Iranian Terror activities with Syria’s intelligence services, and now he has been declared a martyr by Hezbollah.

From an article by The Washington Institute for Near East Policy,

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.

For more information about Mughniyeh’s life and role in Hezbollah, take a look at “Who Was Imad Mughniyeh?”

And, for more information on Hezbollah, see the BBC article: Who are Hezbollah?