as­sas­si­na­tion of a British fam­ily in the

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By JUSTIN DUNN

ANONY­MOUS, deadly and as­ton­ish­ingly ef­fec­tive – The Mos­sad is the world’s most feared of­fi­cial as­sas­si­na­tion unit.

Is­rael’s for­eign in­tel­li­gence agency, The Mos­sad’s prime mis­sion is to seek out any­one or any­thing that threat­ens Is­rael – and DE­STROY it.

Uniquely, The Mos­sad – He­brew for “The In­sti­tute” – is said to have only 30 to 35 men work­ing around the globe at any one time.

The ma­jor­ity of them will be for­mer mem­bers of the Is­raeli mil­i­tary.

The main rea­son for this small num­ber of ac­tive for­eign agents is the sig­nif­i­cant and loyal cadre of the world­wide Jewish community be­yond Is­rael – the sayanim, or “as­sis­tants”.

The Mos­sad has now be­come em­broiled in the mys­te­ri­ous mur­ders of British-Iraqi Saad al-Hilli, who along with his wife and mother-in-law and a pass­ing cy­clist were shot dead on a hol­i­day in France last month.

Hor­rific

All four adults died in a blaze of au­to­matic gun­fire close to Lake An­necy which also left Mr al-Hilli’s el­dest daugh­ter Zainab, seven, with hor­rific head and shoul­der in­juries.

Her four-year-old sis­ter, Zeena, sur­vived by hid­ing un­der her mother’s corpse on the floor of the fam­ily’s bul­let-rid­dled BMW.

Mr al-Hilli, an en­gi­neer who had worked on many sen­si­tive projects, was a staunch op­po­nent of Is­rael – even sug­gest­ing the na­tion had or­ches­trated the 9/11 at­tacks on the Twin Tow­ers.

The Mos­sad’s No.1 en­emy is the Arab world – which is largely hell-bent on erad­i­cat­ing Is­rael – but if the or­gan­i­sa­tion did take out Mr al-Hilli and the other vic­tims, it’s likely we’ll never know.

It is said that the first the world will know if The Mos­sad has been suc­cess­ful is af­ter it has hap­pened.

Here, we look at some of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s other blood-soaked mis­sions.

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