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Hizbollah commander linked to US Embassy plot killed in Syria

By news - Fri May 13, 1:13 am

Whoever killed him – and his enemies now would include Gulf states and rebel groups in Syria as well as Israel – brought to an end the career of a man once seen as a ghostly presence in Hizbollah’s command, who was reported to have no passport, driving licence or property in Lebanon, yet who had a string of mistresses and drove around the Christian seaside resort of Jounieh in a large Mercedes.

He is thought to have joined his first militant group in the 1970s as a teenager, before going on to help found Hizbollah, a militant, Iranian-backed Shia Islamist group that emerged from the Lebanese civil war.

He may have honed his skills as a bomb-maker in the attacks on the US and French military barracks in Beirut in 1983, which killed 305 people. That was masterminded by Imad Mugniyeh, his cousin and brother-in-law, Hizbollah’s military chief and his mentor in the organisation, with whom he has said to have watched the explosions from a nearby rooftop.

A year later, Badreddine personally supervised the bombing of the US embassy in Kuwait, which killed six people. He was caught, jailed and sentenced to death. Luckily for him, Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990 and he was freed, escaping to the Iranian embassy which arranged his evacuation to Tehran and then back to Beirut….

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