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CIA report reveals failure of Israel’s targeted killing policy

A secret CIA review published recently by WikiLeaks reveals that Israel has been among the least successful countries regarding the targeted killing of opponents, Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar reported on Thursday. The review shows that the killings carried out by the US and its ally Israel have been the least successful among a list of eight countries; the American and Israeli authorities usually laud such assassinations.

“What is notable in terms of the CIA’s own assessment of these case studies is the admission by the authors that the least successful HVT [High-Value Targeting or capture and killing of important enemy military targets] operations involve countries that the US and its close ally Israel have occupied or are currently at war with,” said Al-Akhbar. “Israel, in particular, scored the lowest, with its HVT programme labelled as ‘limited’ in its contribution towards a ‘counter-insurgency success’.”

The review, Al-Akhbar continued, does not go into the details of the programme’s failures. However, for anyone well-versed in what is more than half a century of the incremental genocide of the Palestinians by Israel, the answer is very clear.

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