Israel was responsible for the 2008 murder of a top security aide of Syrian President Bashar Assad, according to secret US intelligence files.
Brigadier General Mohammed Sleiman was shot in the
head and neck on Aug. 1, 2008 by a small team of Israeli commandos as he
enjoyed a dinner party at his luxury seaside home on the Syrian coast,
said The Intercept website, citing the leaked files.The Israeli military team then escaped by sea.
internal National Security Agency document, provided by former NSA
contractor Edward Snowden, is the first official confirmation that the
assassination of Sleiman was an Israeli military operation," said the
The revelation "ends speculation that an internal dispute within the Syrian government led to his death," it added.The
NSA's internal version of Wikipedia, "Intellipedia," described the
assassination near the port town of Tartus as the "first known instance
of Israel targeting a legitimate government official," according to The
Intercept.It cited three former US intelligence officers
as saying that the document's classification markings indicated that the
NSA learned of the assassination through surveillance.
2010, US diplomatic cables leaked by WikiLeaks and published by the
Guardian newspaper said that Syria suspected Israel of the murder.The killing of Sleiman was kept secret initially by Syrian authorities and the Israeli government denied involvement.