(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The 2008 killing of Hezbollah’s international operations chief, Imad Mughniyeh, was a joint Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)-Mossad operation, the Washington Post reported Friday.
Mughniyeh was killed in Damascus, Syria, by a bomb planted in a vehicle that was detonated as he passed by on foot. Hezbollah blamed Israel for Mughniyeh’s death and vowed revenge, but Israel never officially confirmed nor denied its involvement.
According to the Washington Post report, the bomb that killed Mughniyeh was detonated remotely by Israeli Mossad agents in Tel Aviv, who were in communication with CIA spotters on the ground in Damascus. The U.S. reportedly helped build the bomb, which was tested numerous times at a CIA facility in North Carolina. Former U.S. officials cited in the report said Mughniyeh was directly connected to the arming and training of Shiite militias in Iraq that were targeting U.S. forces.
Jihad Mughniyeh, Imad’s son, was killed along with five other Hezbollah terrorists in the reported Israeli airstrike on Syria on Jan. 18.