Imad Mugniyeh and Al-Qaeda

[Weekly Standard] Thomas Joscelyn - What virtually all of the coverage in the major media in recent days omits is that senior Hizbullah terrorist Imad Mugniyeh was a vital ally of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda. There is a lengthy history of collaboration between Mugniyeh and al-Qaeda. And there remain disturbing questions about his possible involvement in the attacks of September 11. Mugniyeh's relationship with bin Laden began in the early 1990s in Sudan. On November 19, 1995, an al-Qaeda truck bomb hit the Egyptian embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. According to Bob Baer, a long-time CIA agent who tracked Mugniyeh for years, "Mugniyeh's deputy had provided a stolen Lebanese passport to one of the planners of the bombing." "Six months later," Baer says, "we found out that one of bin Laden's most dangerous associates was calling one of Mugniyeh's offices in Beirut."

2008-02-18 01:00:00

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