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Salim Ayyash

Terror organization: Hezbollah;

Status: Senior operative in Hezbollah’s Unit 121;

Role: assassination squad, which receives its orders directly from Hezbollah secretary general Hassan Nasrallah. Ayyash is known to have been involved in efforts to harm U.S. military personnel.

On December 11, 2020, an international tribunal sentenced Ayyash in absentia to five concurrent life sentences on terrorism-related charges pertaining to the February 2005 suicide truck bombing in Beirut that killed Lebanon’s former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The attack also killed 21 others and wounded 226 persons. The tribunal found that Ayyash led the assassination team that carried out the attack on Hariri, and that Ayyash was actively involved in the assassination on the day of the attack;

Location: Unknown

Born: 1964;

Place of Birth: Lebanon;

Gender: Male;

Nationality: Lebanese;

Known Also As: Salim Jamil Ayyash;

General Info:
Salim Ayyash is a mid-level operative of the terrorist group Hezbollah, has been given five life jail terms in absentia for the assassination of former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri.

He was also the leader of Hezbollah’s Jaber Force unit. Ayyash was guilty of five charges including conspiracy to commit a terrorist act and intentional homicide with premeditation by using explosive materials.

He was found guilty in August of homicide and committing a terrorist act over the deaths of Hariri and 21 others in the attack on Beirut’s waterfront.

Judges at the Netherlands-based Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) said Salim Ayyash played a central role in the bomb attack in Beirut in 2005 that killed the former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri.

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