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Hezbollah Leader Threatens 'Open War' on Israel


The leader of the Lebanese Shi'ite militant group Hezbollah has threatened "open war" on Israel, accusing it of assassinating top Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh.

Hassan Nasrallah made his remarks in a fiery speech Thursday to thousands of Hezbollah supporters at Mughniyeh's funeral in Beirut. He said Tuesday's car bomb assassination of Mughniyeh in Damascus, Syria was outside what he called the natural battlefield with Israel.

He said if Israel wants "open war" with Hezbollah, it will have it. Israel has denied involvement in the car bombing. Mughniyeh was one of the world's most wanted terrorists. U.S. officials linked him to some of the bloodiest attacks in the past 25 years. They include the 1983 bombings of the U.S. Marine barracks in Lebanon and a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1994.

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