Top Hizbullah Commander Badreddine Killed in Explosion

(BBC News-Ha'aretz) Senior Hizbullah commander Mustafa Amine Badreddine, 55, died in an explosion near Damascus airport Tuesday, Hizbullah's Al-Mayadeen network reported. The U.S. believes Badreddine has been responsible for Hizbullah's military operations in Syria since 2011. Badreddine - along with three other Hizbullah members - is accused of assassinating former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri in Beirut in 2005. He was a cousin and brother-in-law of Imad Mughniyeh, who was the military wing's chief until his assassination by car bomb in Damascus in 2008. A Hizbullah member interrogated by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) described Badreddine as "more dangerous" than Mughniyeh, who was "his teacher in terrorism." They worked together on the October 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Beirut that killed 241 personnel.

2016-05-13 00:00:00

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