Daily Israel Report

Syria to Air 'Israeli Confession' in Mugniyeh Hit

Syria's state-run news agency will air a video allegedly proving Israel's complicity in the 2008 killing of arch-terrorist Hamad Mughiyeh.
By Gabe Kahn.
First Publish: 9/15/2011, 8:00 PM

Syria says it will broadcast a taped confession of a Syrian officer it says aided Israel in assassinating the top Hizbullah commander Imad Mughniyeh in 2008, Damascus' official SANA news agency said Thursday.

Mughniyeh was killed in 2008 in Damascus in a massive car bombing which Hizbullah and its allies attributed to Israel.

SANA is promoting the broadcast as "confessions of an Israeli spy," whom authorities said was discovered in neighboring Turkey, without elaborating further on the video's provenance.

The agency said the officer would “reveal some of the details of the conspiracy against Syria, how he facilitated the assassination of Imad Mughniyeh, and how spies are working under the cover of darkness to sow sedition, assassinate resistance figures and plunge the country into anarchy." 

Israel, following its entrenched policy of not commenting on intelligence matters, has consistently declined to comment on Mugniyeh's death.  Israel was not the only nation who had suffered at Mugniyeh's hands.

Mugniyeh is widely believed in Western intelligence circles to have been involved in the bombing of the US Marine Corps barracks and Embassy in 1983, in dozens of kidnappings and murders of foreigners - especially Americans - as well as in the 2001 Israeli Embassy attack in Buenos Ares.

Prior to the September 11, 2001 terror attack in the United States, Mugniyeh was considered the terrorist credited with having slain the most Americans (over 350) and topped the FBI Most Wanted Terrorist List with a USD 5 Million bounty.

The FBI maintained Mugniyeh was responsible for "all but eliminating the US military presence in Lebanon."