Israeli Special Forces Responsible For An Assassination In Syria

Israeli Commandos Ready For Action (Photo: IDF)

Israeli Special Forces are some of the best operators in the world and are used for a number of covert operations.


Edward Snowden (Photo: Public Domain)

Former CIA and NSA Employee Edward Snowden is responsible for the release of secretive official documents. The papers show that Israeli special forces were responsible for the assassination of a Syrian government official.

News from website The Intercept Reporter: Matthew Cole

On Aug. 1, 2008, a small team of Israeli commandos entered the waters near Tartus, Syria, and shot and killed a Syrian general as he was holding a dinner party at his seaside weekend home. Muhammad Suleiman, a top aide to the Syrian president, was shot in the head and neck, and the Israeli military team escaped by sea.

While Israel has never spoken about its involvement, secret U.S. intelligence files confirm that Israeli special operations forces assassinated the general while he vacationed at his luxury villa on the Syrian coast.

The released Snowden documents as shown on The Intercept detail that the Special Forces Operation was conducted by the Israeli naval commandos, Shayetet 13 Which is the naval special forces unit of the Israeli Navy, one of the primary special operations units of the Israel Defence Forces. The unit specializes in sea-to-land incursions, counter-terrorism, sabotage, maritime intelligence gathering, maritime hostage rescue, and boarding. The unit has taken part in most of Israel’s conflicts. The Shayetet 13 Commandos are classed as one of the most secretive in the Israeli military.

Source: Wikipedia


The Insignia of Shayetet 13 (Photo: Public Domain)

Brig Gen Mahmoud Suleiman was shot dead on a beach near the northern Syrian port of Tartus in August 2008. It was initially reported that the seaside murder was perpetrated by a sniper firing from a yacht moored offshore.

News Source from The Guardian

Shayetet 13 are very similar to the US Navy SEALS and the British SBS (Special Boat Service).

Israeli Naval Commandos (Photo: IDF)

Shayetet 13 Israeli Commando Unit is divided into three specialized company-sized units each with its own skill set.

Raids:  Special Reconnaissance and Direct Action missions on land, Maritime Counter-Terrorism and Hostage Rescues.
Under Water: Underwater Attacks and Sabotage, Hydrographic, Beachhead Reconnaissance and Security.
Above Water: Surface Attacks, Sea Transportation of units to and from target areas.

Source: Wikipedia

Israeli Commandos Conduct Covert Operations for the IDF

Israeli Commandos Conduct Covert Operations. (Photo: IDF)

Watch this Israeli Commandos Documentary to learn more about this secretive unit.