Jihad Mughniyeh, 25, was among the victims of Israel’s helicopter strike.
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The drums of war thundered Sunday as Lebanon and the region awaited Hezbollah's retaliation to an Israeli helicopter strike on Syria's Golan Heights that killed the son of slain Hezbollah top commander Imad Mughniyeh, a senior Iranian commander and five other fighters.Reprisal was seen as inevitable in light of Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah's remarks last week that his party's military capabilities were growing and it had the right to respond to any Israeli attacks. Jihad Mughniyeh, 25, field commander Mohammad Issa, 42, who goes by the nom de guerre Abu Issa, and four other Hezbollah fighters were killed in the attack. Believed to be the mastermind of Hezbollah's combat tactics, Mughniyeh was considered to be involved in the 1983 bombings of the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Marine and French peacekeeping barracks in Beirut, which killed over 350 people, as well as the 1992 bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires and the kidnapping of Westerners in Lebanon in the 1980s.The Israeli military declined comment on the attack.
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