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Lebanon: Lessons from Two Assassinations

jimwg2 Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 5:52 AM
I'm all for covert ultra-equipped assassination teams like in the Sword of Gideon taking out specific targets without running the political and humane risk of bombs also taking out half a neighborhood. As tripe as it sounds, some of the techniques displayed in combat video games like Splinter Cell is a good inspiration on doing this. Our covert anti-terrorist teams ought be equipped just as advanced as the military is.

On Oct. 19, Lebanese Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan was assassinated on a narrow side street near Sassine Square in downtown Beirut. The attack involved the detonation of a moderately sized vehicle-borne improvised explosive device as al-Hassan's car passed by the vehicle in which the device was hidden. The explosion killed not only al-Hassan and his driver but also six other people and wounded about 90 more.

Al-Hassan, the...