February 12, 2008 -- Hezbollah military mastermind Imad Mugniyeh is killed in a massive car bombing in downtown Damascus. A man long sought in connection to the deadly bombing of the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires and the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marines barracks in Beirut, which killed 241 U.S. service members, Mugniyeh had eluded U.S. and Israeli agents for decades, even with a $5 million bounty on his head. Mossad agents tried twice to kill him in Beirut, killing his brother by mistake in 2004. Israel takes no credit for the Damascus bombing, and Mossad's hand is but one credible scenario in explaining the bombing. But senior Israeli and American officials do little to hide their glee. "The world is a better place without this man in it," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said at the time.
August 1, 2008 -- Muhammad Suleiman, a top Syrian army officer and right-hand man to President Bashar al-Assad, collapses on a beach near the Syrian resort of Tartous, where he has a vacation villa. His death is attributed to sniper shots to the head and neck, fired from a yacht moored far offshore. Following his death, there are conflicting reports about who was responsible, with some pointing to Syrians, and others to Mossad.