Lebanese group Hezbollah confirms one of its top commanders indicted for killing a Lebanese statesman in 2005 has died in an Israeli airstrike in Syria. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
NATURAL ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION The Lebanese group Hezbollah said on Friday (May 13) one of its top commanders, Mustafa Badreddine, had been killed in an Israeli air strike at the Lebanese-Syrian border this week. "He took part in most of the operations of the Islamic resistance since 1982," Hezbollah said in a statement announcing his death. He was killed on Tuesday night (May 10), the statement said. Badreddine, who is sanctioned by the United States, was a brother-in-law of the late Hezbollah military commander Imad Moughniyah. He was indicted by the U.N.-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon in the 2005 killing of statesman Rafik al-Hariri.