Lebanese media sources revealed on Tuesday new details regarding the Hezbollah terrorist, Imad Mughniyah, who was killed eight years ago in a car bombing.
The al-Akhbar news site reported the Mughniyah spent a lot of effort and resources trying to track down the possessions of Israeli pilot Lieutenant Colonel Ron Arad who had gone missing in Lebanon in 1986 during a bombing mission. A small group of Hezbollah fighters, commanded by Mughniyah found the parachute and gun of Arad which were supposed to be used in a deal with Israel to release Hezbollah prisoners.
The newspaper reported that Mughniyah's staff had worked to initiate an additional prisoner swap, to the one that occurred in 2004 but that the swap was called off due to the outbreak of the Second Lebanon War in 2006. There is no information with regards to who or what Hezbollah was going to swap in the deal.
Foreign reports claimed that Israel was the perpetrator behind Mughniyah's assassination. Mughniyah was involved in numerous attacks on U.S. and Israeli targets around the world including the 1983 U.S barracks bombing and the U.S. embassy bombing, as well as the 1992 bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Ares, Argentina.