Oskar van Rijswijk at The Command Post posts some interesting news:

Sayeret Matkal, the IDF General Staff’s elite special-operations force, trained in 1992 to assassinate Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in a daring operation that would have landed commandos in Iraq and fired sophisticated missiles at him during a funeral. The attempt was called off after five soldiers were killed during a training accident.

The Israelis did the world a big favor in blowing up Saddam’s Osirik nuclear reactor in 1981; a shame they didn’t have this encore in 1992.

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