A decade ago, Golani's 51 Battalion became entangled in a deadly firefight with Hezbollah in Bint Jbil; For the first time, communications from that battle surface.
The assassination of Mustafa Badreddine is a blow to Hezbollah's already low morale and is an example of the group's vulnerability.
Mustafa Amine Badreddine was reportedly killed near the Damascus airport. Badreddine is said to be the highest ranking official in the Shi'ite paramilitary group behind the organization's leader.
If past cases are anything to go by, Hezbollah is doing everything it can to avoid a direct conflict with Israel.
Hezbollah has not confirmed reports of Israel's involvement; Israel has declined to comment.
So far, the European Union has outlawed Hezbollah’s “military wing" but not the entire organization, despite their deadly attacks toward Israelis around the world.
A CBS News correspondent recounts story of 2008 assassination of Hezbollah’s No. 2 terrorist.
At the behest of Tehran, the Iranian-backed guerilla force is fighting in Syria to assist the regime of President Bashar Assad, who is fighting to remain in power after three years of civil war.
The latest revelations about US role in Mughniyeh’s assassination are aimed to demonstrate to Hezbollah that the US is still willing and able to meet Hezbollah’s operatives on this battlefield.
The Intelligence Secretariat, or SI, and its 3,000 or so employees report, in theory, to the president. But in practice, it has long operated in a murky world of its own, critics say.