Who Killed This Terrorist? No Clues, Lots of Enemies

Israelis, Americans, others had reason to want Imad Mughniyah dead
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2008 8:44 PM CST
Speculation abounds as to who had the access, motivation and resources to kill Imad Mughniyeh.   (Federal Bureau of Investigation)
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(Newser) – So many parties had a motive for killing Hezbollah mastermind Imad Mughniyah that it’s unclear who assassinated him last night in Syria, Time reports. The Lebanon-based terror group blamed the assassination in Damascus on Israel, which denied involvement. Said one insider, “The Americans wanted him, so did the Saudis, and the Lebanese Christians. We weren’t the only ones.”

The terror kingpin had recently traveled to Iraq to train Moqtada al Sadr’s forces, had visited Syria with Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad—and stood accused of bombing US installations and of kidnapping Americans. Syrian or Iranian friends of Mughniyah’s might even be to blame: They might have needed to show the US they could control terror so long as Uncle Sam let them be. (Read more Hezbollah stories.)