Dead Drop: January 24

TIMELY TV: With targeted attacks on terrorist leaders much in the news, HBO and Israeli-based entertainment producer Keshet International are developing a limited series about the secret history of Israel’s targeted assassinations.  According to Deadline Hollywood, the focus of the first season is on an alleged joint operation between the CIA and Mossad to take out Imad Mughniyeh who was killed in Damascus in 2008. Mughniyeh was walking past a car when a bomb, placed in a spare tire, killed him instantly. The series was inspired by a book called Rise and Kill First by Ronen Bergman.

YOU CAN’T RUN, AND YOU CAN’T HIDE:  Speaking of terrorist takedowns, last week ISIS leader Abu Abdul Bari was captured in Iraq.  Dubbed “Jabba the Jihadi” and “Jabba the Hutt,” it would not be accurate to say he had been “on the run” for a while. Bari weighed in at 560 pounds. Arresting forces had to haul him away in the back of a pickup truck because he couldn’t fit in a police car.

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