Bio of Hizballah Supreme Commander killed this week…

Read about his 25 yr career.  Bear in mind it’s from Debka, which is a website some believe to be affiliated with the Israel Defense Forces.  Best cataloguing of this man’s crimes over the years I have seen. 

On a personal note, he was one year older than I and about the same age as Barack Obama.  It’s interesting to see what people my age have done with themselves in the 20-25 yrs since high school.  After college, I went to intl relations/business grad school, worked at the Federal Reserve examining banks and tracking the foreign exchange market, had a stint in politics on the Gore campaign, a stint in the Foreign Service in Venezuela, and have worked on Wall Street for much of the balance, covering emerging markets.  Okay, so that’s an interesting mix and you can judge what positive I’ve contributed to the planet, if anything (something I think about from time to time). 

Not to put myself on the same plane, but he is the same age — Obama studied international relations and law, worked briefly in an econ/finance job, then did community organizing, and finally spent the balance in politics in a highly successful career. 

By contrast, Imad Mughniyeh began killing Americans, French, Israelis and other Jews in 1982 when I was a sophomore.  He started out in Arafat’s Force 17 and then was enlisted in Hizballah and for the Iranians and Syrians.  He allegedly became one of the only terrorists trusted by both Iranian leader Khamenei and Osama bin Laden.  His nominal boss, Hassan Nasrallah, head of Hizballah, is also a contemporary of ours and currently heads the organization.   Remember, if I grew my beard, it could be as gray as his.

To follow on this line of grandiosity, one thinks of the generation born around the 1880-90s, which included Churchill, Hitler, Roosevelt, Stalin, David Ben-Gurion, and a little later, my two grandfathers, one of which served as a young man in the US Army in the trenches of Belgium during WWI, became an insurance salesman and had two sons who grew up in Brooklyn; the other was a soldier in the British Jewish forces in pre-State of Israel Palestine before immigrating to the United States and having six kids including my mom. 

Interesting to contemplate what members of your generation are up to.  The fellow below cut his teeth in the 80s-90s like I did, but in a very different manner.

Notorious Hizballah terrorist hostage-taker Imad Mughniyeh killed in Damascus

February 13, 2008, 6:31 PM (GMT+02:00)



DEBKAfile’s military sources report that Imad Fayez Mughniyeh, the Hizballah’s supreme commander and plotter of major anti-US and anti-Israel terror operations in the last 25 years died aged 46 in a car bomb explosion in the Damascus district of Tanzim Kafr Susa Tuesday night, Feb. 12.

Hizballah TV interrupted its broadcasts Wednesday to announce his death, accusing Israel of assassination. Hizballah TV interrupted its broadcasts Wednesday to announce his death, accusing Israel of assassination. Its leaders are conferring in Beirut on how to retaliate. Special security imposed at Israeli embassies and Jewish centers worldwide.

The Iranian News Agency reports that Haj Hussein Khalil, the Hizballah’s deputy for political affairs was killed in the same explosion.

Hassan Nasrallah will eulogize the dead man at his funeral in Beirut Thursday by video link. Beirut is already tense since the funeral falls on the third anniversary of the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri.

On Aug. 5, 2006, DEBKAfile described Mughniyeh as the only undercover agent in the Middle East who enjoys the complete personal trust of both Iranian supreme ruler Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and al Qaeda’s Osama bin Laden. In recent years he has liaised between them. His death is a blow to both.

The elusive Mughniyeh surfaced before both of them on the Islamist terror horizon. In 1982, He orchestrated the suicide bombings of US Marine and French Beirut headquarters, in which 241 Marines and 58 French soldiers were killed, prompting a decision by President Ronald Reagan to evacuate US troops from Lebanon.

In 1983, he orchestrated the US embassy bombing, which killed 63 people and wiped out the top CIA Middle East staff. That year, the Israeli command center in Tyre was blown up killing scores of troops.

In 1985, the United States indicted him for hijacking TWA Flight 847 and the resulting death of U.S. Navy diver Robert Stethem.

Mughniyeh was also infamous for numerous brutal kidnappings of Westerners in Beirut through the 1980s, most notably, that of Terry Anderson and William Buckley, the CIA’s Station Chief in Beirut, who was later murdered.

The dead terrorist’s association with Tehran and its violent overseas exploits went back twenty years. In 1988, in collusion with Tehran, he organized the kidnapping of Colonel William R. Rich Higgins, the most senior American intelligence officer in Lebanon, who was tortured to death by Iranian Revolutionary Guardsmen and Hizballah operatives.

The same partnership is believed to have staged the Khobar Towers blast in eastern Saudi Arabia on June 25, 1996, targeting US flight crews guarding Saudi oil fields. At least 19 Americans were killed and 200 injured.

Mughniyeh, acting for Tehran and Hizballah, was held responsible for the 1992 bombings of the Israeli embassy and Jewish cultural center in Buenos Aires, in which more than a hundred people died.

He planned the kidnap and murder of three Israeli soldiers eight years ago on Mt. Dov and his hand is believed behind the abduction of two Israeli reservists in 2006.

After numerous attempts to capture him, the FBI in Oct. 2001 put him on its list of 22 most wanted terrorists and a $25 million bounty on his head the same as for bin Laden.

The dead terrorist mastermind’s first mentor was the Palestinian Yasser Arafat as a member of the Fatah’s Force 17.

While America and Israel come first to mind as responsible for Mughniyeh’s death, DEBKAfile’s counter-terror sources note that a possible inside job is worth considering. Dissatisfied with his performance in the 2006 Lebanon War against Israel, Tehran deposed Hizballah’s secretary-general Hassan Nasralah as its supreme commander and replaced him with Mughniyeh.

Nasrallah was confined to political functions, while his successor was assigned the task of rehabilitating Hizballah militia forces and preparing them for the next war on Israel.

The dead terrorist may have set up his headquarters in Damascus under the protection of Syrian and Iranian security services because he did not feel safe in Lebanon. Penetrating these two security belts to slay the wanted man was undoubtedly an exceptional intelligence feat.

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