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Imad Mughniyeh Takes the Dirt Nap

Imad Mughniyeh, a senior official within the Hizbollah organization implicated in the 1983 bombing of the Marine Barracks in Lebanon, the 1985 hijacking of a TWA airliner, the 1992 and 1994 bombings of the Israeli embassy and a Jewish community center in Argentina, respectively, along with scores of other terrorist incidents and kidnappings within Lebanon, is now taking the dirt nap, courtesy, despite the pro forma denials, of a sophisticated Mossad operation. According to Stratfor,

The killing required a high level of tactical intelligence regarding Mughniyah’s location and movements; it also called for an operational unit on the ground with “eyes on” to detonate the bomb remotely. The remote detonation also provided the operational team with distance to assist in their escape.

At the time of the strike, Mughniyah was returning to a vehicle after meeting with Hamas and Syrian intelligence operatives. The timing of the attack, including the placement of the explosive, required intelligence about the meeting time and location. While it is possible that the information was captured via signal intercepts, Hezbollah and Syrian intelligence employ signal security that should have been good enough to prevent such a leak. Further, Mughniyah himself was known for very tight operational security, and slipping up by allowing Israel or others to intercept radio or telephone chatter does not seem to fit his profile. He successfully evaded numerous other Israeli attempts to track him down.

Thus it is likely that there was information flowing from someone intimately aware of the details of the meeting — and that means Mossad has likely penetrated Hezbollah, Hamas or Syrian intelligence.

Furthermore, "the hit will spread distrust throughout the Syrian intelligence apparatus, and within and between Hezbollah and Hamas, adding a layer of confusion to that already created by the death of a key liaison between Iran and Hezbollah."

While I've already gone on record, both at the old EM and here, in opposition to some of the wilder ambitions of American and Israeli strategy in the Near East, particularly regime change in Syria and Iran, sowing discord between Islamist organizations is a marvelous outcome. This would seem a suitable occasion for a bit of araq, which I will now enjoy.

Comments (5)

That Saddam could only be dispatched with the help of 200,000 soldiers
is the best commentary on the decline of American power--that a vastly unpopular dictator, having lost wars
and having hardly any ally and facing lots of domestic foes and Americans needed a wage a full-scale invasion
to dislodge him.

Good to see him go.

Jeff, I'm glad to see us in agreement. The horse and rider thrown into the sea, and all that (my sympathies are only for the horse, but this time it was just a car). May his name and memory be erased.

Imad Mughniyeh perfected the employment of the car and truck bomb as the terrorists’ weapon of choice. It is therefore only fitting that this weapon be used against him. Yesterday, a car bomb blasted this mass murderer into the arms of either seventy-two virgins or 28 pre-pubescent boys. I suppose it will be his choice - one of the benefits of the Islamic paradise he cited as a means of motivating young Palestinians to become suicide bombers.
Let’s not forget - one of Mughniyeh’s explosive laden vans driven by one of his suicide bombers destroyed the Beirut American embassy back in April 1983. Only six months later, in October, Mughniyeh sent a pickup truck filled with explosives against the barracks housing U.S. Marines, killing 241 Americans.
And it was Imad Mughniyeh who ordered the kidnapping of Bill Buckley, the CIA station chief in Beirut. It is a mark of this man’s barbarity that he personally took part in Buckley’s torture. Then, when Buckley began to succumb to this horrible treatment, Mughniyeh refused him any medical treatment thereby causing his death.
No, Mughniyeh will not be missed. Unfortunately, the ranks of Hizballah and other Iranian proxies are full of equally brutal monsters only too ready to cause death and destruction within the ranks of the innocent whether by sending rockets into neighborhoods or suicide bombers into malls and supermarkets.

Muslims Against Sharia congratulate the organization responsible for elimination of terrorist Imad Mugniyeh on a job well done!


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