As Mughniyah approached a parked SUV, a bomb planted in a spare tire on the back of the vehicle exploded, sending a burst of shrapnel across a tight radius. The device was triggered remotely from Tel Aviv by agents with Mossad, the Israeli foreign intelligence service, who were in communication with the operatives on the ground in Damascus. (Hussein Malla/Associated Press) The United States helped build the bomb, the former official said, and tested it repeatedly at a CIA facility in North Carolina to ensure the potential blast area was contained and would not result in collateral damage. ] “We probably blew up 25 bombs to make sure we got it right,” the former official said.
The extraordinarily close cooperation between the U. and Israeli intelligence services suggested the importance of the target — a man who over the years had been implicated in some of Hezbollah’s most spectacular terrorist attacks, including those against the U. Embassy in Beirut and the Israeli Embassy in Argentina. involvement in the killing, which was confirmed by five former U. intelligence officials, also pushed American legal boundaries.
"These scenes that I will show you are not all the evidence, which would require much more time…they are examples of Israeli surveillance over time, taken from different angles and at different times," he said.
"Why were the Israelis looking at these places specifically when there are no resistance [Hezbollah] offices there?
" Nasrallah was careful to add that the evidence presented was not conclusive, but that it raised questions about possible Israeli involvement in the killing of the former prime minister and 22 other people, as well as the string of assassinations that followed over several years.
However, he added that Hezbollah would only hand over the evidence to the Lebanese government because the group does not trust the U. The news conference comes after weeks of tension following reports that Hezbollah operatives may be indicted in the U.
The United States has never acknowledged participation in the killing of Mughniyah, which Hezbollah blamed on Israel. With the exception of the 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden, the mission marked one of the most high-risk covert actions by the United States in recent years. Mughniyah was targeted in a country where the United States was not at war.
Until now, there has been little detail about the joint operation by the CIA and Mossad to kill him, how the car bombing was planned or the exact U. Moreover, he was killed in a car bombing, a technique that some legal scholars see as a violation of international laws that proscribe “killing by perfidy” — using treacherous means to kill or wound an enemy. In “The Good Spy,” a book about longtime CIA officer Robert Ames, author Kai Bird cites one former intelligence official as saying the operation was “primarily controlled by Langley” and it was “a CIA ‘black-ops’ team that carried out the assassination.” In a new book, “The Perfect Kill: 21 Laws for Assassins,” former CIA officer Robert B.
The Hezbollah leader went on to present biographies of several other spies who confessed to monitoring Lebanese politicians, including figures in the U. and Saudi-backed parliamentary majority, and assisting Israeli forces carry out operations inside Lebanon.For the first time, "Voice of Hezbollah" brings to an English-speaking readership Nasrallah's speeches and interviews: the intricate, deeply populist arguments and promises that he has made from the mid-1980s to the present day.Newly translated from the Arabic, and with an introduction by one of the foremost writers on Lebanon, "Voice of Hezbollah" is a crucial contribution to the understanding of the man and the movement.“It is a killing method used by terrorists and gangsters,” said Mary Ellen O’Connell, a professor of international law at the University of Notre Dame. There was little debate inside the Bush administration over the use of a car bomb instead of other means. Baer writes how he had considered assassinating Mughniyah but apparently never got the opportunity.“It violates one of the oldest battlefield rules.” Former U. officials, all of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the operation, asserted that Mughniyah, although based in Syria, was directly connected to the arming and training of Shiite militias in Iraq that were targeting U. “Remember, they were carrying out suicide bombings and IED attacks,” said one official, referring to Hezbollah operations in Iraq. “The decision was we had to have absolute confirmation that it was self-defense,” the official said. He notes, however, that CIA “censors” — the agency’s Publications Review Board — screened his book and “I’ve unfortunately been unable to write about the true set-piece plot against” Mughniyah. “We have nothing to add at this time,” said Mark Regev, chief spokesman for the prime minister of Israel. government often took a dim view of Israeli assassination operations, highlighted by the American condemnation of Israel’s botched attempt in 1997 to poison the leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshal, in Amman, Jordan.Diese Einkaufsfunktion wird weiterhin Artikel laden. Um aus diesem Karussell zu navigieren, benutzen Sie bitte Ihre Überschrift-Tastenkombination, um zur nächsten oder vorherigen Überschrift zu navigieren.