Who Was Imad Mughniyeh?

[Washington Institute for Near East Policy] Matthew Levitt and David Schenker - As Hizbullah's international operations chief, Mughniyeh oversaw the group's terror network and established operational cells around the world. Hizbullah Secretary General Nasrallah and Mughniyeh reportedly worked together in planning terrorist attacks globally and across the Israel-Lebanon border. Mughniyeh also facilitated the training and transfer of Hizbullah operatives into Israel through Europe to carry out attacks and conduct surveillance. Mughniyeh was also deeply involved in the Karine-A affair - an Iranian attempt to ship arms to the Palestinian Authority. Hajj Bassem, Mughniyeh's senior deputy, personally commanded the ship that met Karine-A at the Iranian island of Kish, and oversaw the ship-to-ship transfer of the Iranian weapons. Mughniyeh's departure removes Hizbullah's key conduit to Iranian intelligence.

2008-02-15 01:00:00

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