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July 25, 2006

Mind of Mugniyeh

Filed under: Global Jihad, Iran, Islam, Mellemøsten, Militær, Terror — limewoody @ 3:57 pm

THE NAME Imad Fayez Mugniyeh is probably not familiar to most Americans, but it is never been far from the minds of most international security experts. As the fighting between Hezbollah and Israel continues, analysts and observers would do well to remember Mughniyeh, who may have been the architect of the Hezbollah raid that killed eight Israeli soldiers, captured two others, and sparked the current crisis.

Details of Mughniyeh’s origins are fragmentary. He is believed to have served as a member of Force 17, Yasser Arafat’s personal bodyguard unit, before joining Hezbollah. There he acted first as a bodyguard for the group’s spiritual leader, Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah, and eventually rose to his current role as the group’s operations chief. His official role in Hezbollah is unclear, with various sources describing him as the current head of Hezbollah’s security section, a member of the group’s Jihad Council, the director of its intelligence apparatus, or its external operations chief.

He likely serves as all of the above, but whatever the case, one thing is clear: He has been at the heart of every major Hezbollah terrorist attack for the better part of the last 25 years.



1 Comment »

  1. I’ll be waiting for his name to come up again on a casualty list.

    Comment by Rastaman — July 26, 2006 @ 5:51 am

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