Assassination

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Assassination is a main method of asymmetric warfare and often used by intelligence agencies. According to the book Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, it was a method used very often in Latin America by the CIA, which used Assassination by Aircraft Accident and other techniques to remove leaders who refused to obey the International Monetary Fund.

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modern US Presidential assassinations and attempts

Lincoln and Taft were both assassinated by political opponents.

The JFK assassination and RFK assassinations are the ones most familiar to Americans, but it was in many ways not typical of a major political figure's assassination. See also Kennedy.

Faking assassination attempts is a common means for dictators to bolster their power. This was raised as a suspicion when Gerald Ford was the subject of an assassination attempt. The 1981 Reagan assassination attempt was somewhat more serious. Given the nature of Ford's assailant and the fact that Reagan got a bullet lodged near his heart, neither attempt seems likely to have been faked. George H. W. Bush would have become POTUS in the latter case.

Muslim world

It was once accepted wisdom that anyone who seriously tries to make peace in the Mideast gets killed for it:

Anwar Sadat was killed by an Islamist faction opposed to his peace deal with Begin
Yitzak Rabin was killed by an Ashkenazi settler opposed to his peace deal with Arafat
Yasser Arafat evaded many such attempts

Among the many predicted effects of invading Iraq was a spate of revenge-taking and power-seeking assassinations by factions loyal to ascending Shia and Kurd leaders of the sure-to-lose Ba'ath Party and other Sunnis. This did in fact occur, with many key figures in Iraq's reconstruction being killed in 2003-6.

Parvez Musharaff has been the subject of several assassination attempts since the 2001 Afghanistan war began.

The two top Hamas leaders were assassinated by the state of Israel just before it pulled out of Gaza.

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US Presidential assassinations and attempts

The JFK assassination and RFK assassinations are the ones most familiar to Americans, but it was in many ways not typical of a major political figure's assassination. See also Kennedy.

Faking assassination attempts is a common means for dictators to bolster their power. This was raised as a suspicion when Gerald Ford was the subject of an assassination attempt. The 1981 Reagan assassination attempt was somewhat more serious. Given the nature of Ford's assailant and the fact that Reagan got a bullet lodged near his heart, neither attempt seems likely to have been faked. George H. W. Bush would have become POTUS in the latter case.

Muslim world

Among the many predicted effects of invading Iraq was a spate of revenge-taking and power-seeking assassinations by factions loyal to ascending Shia and Kurd leaders of the sure-to-lose Ba'ath Party and other Sunnis. This did in fact occur, with many key figures in Iraq's reconstruction being killed in 2003-6.

Parvez Musharaff has been the subject of several assassination attempts since the 2001 Afghanistan war began.

The two top Hamas leaders were assassinated by the state of Israel just before it pulled out of Gaza.

See also

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