Thursday, February 14, 2008


Reportedly, Imad Mughniyah was killed on 12 February, 2008 by a car bomb blast in Damascus, Syria. ( Hezbollah's most wanted commander killed in Syria bomb Israel denies assassinating Hizbollah chief)

According to the testimony of Ali Mohamed, Mugniyah met al-Qaeda operatives in 1993. (Imad Mugniyah - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

According to an article at Wikipedia ( Imad Mugniyah - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia )

1. The United States tried to secure Mughniyah's capture in France in 1986, but were thwarted by French refusal to detain him.

2. The United States tried to capture him several times afterwards, the first being a 1995 attempt to detain him as the plane he was traveling on was supposed to stop in Saudi Arabia. However, Saudi officials refused to allow the plane to land.

3. The next year, U.S. military personnel planned to seize him off a ship in Doha, Qatar, but the operation was called off.

This plan, dubbed Operation RETURN OX, was carried out by ships and sailors of Amphibious Squadron Three (USS Tarawa, USS Duluth, USS Rushmore), Marines of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, and Navy SEALS assigned to the U. S. Fifth Fleet. The operation was underway, but was canceled at the last minute when it could not be verified that Mughniyah was actually on board the Pakistani ship.


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