The CIA’s Greatest Hits – US Government Assassinations

Larry Romanoff – Global Research Nov 1, 2019

In practice, the US has on occasion encountered difficulty in its Imperial progress, most often due to country leaders proving resistant to American colonisation. In such cases, if payments of cash and the promise of free weapons fail to turn a patriot into a traitor, the obstacle must unfortunately be eliminated. Following is a list of prominent foreign individuals whom the US assassinated or, in a few instances, tried to kill and failed, including three attempts on the life of China’s Premier Zhou En-lai.

The list does not include assassinations the US subcontracted to Israel’s Mossad or to other groups, and also does not include a long list of more than 100 lesser figures whom the CIA has routinely eliminated throughout South and Central America, Asia and Africa. Only two nations in the world have ever had an official policy of state-sponsored assassinations, and they still have them today – the US and Israel.

The official CIA Assassination Manual, released to the public under a court order, contained detailed instructions on the methods of elimination of political obstacles. Here is one such example:

“For secret assassinations…the contrived accident is the most effective technique. When successfully executed, it causes little excitement and is only casually investigated. The most effective accident .. is a fall of 75 feet or more onto a hard surface. Elevator shafts, stair wells, unscreened windows and bridges will serve. The act may be executed by sudden, vigorous grabbing of the ankles, tipping the subject over the edge.”

The following is adapted in part from a list prepared by William Blum for his book “Killing Hope”.

Assassinations and Attempted Assassinations

  • 1949 – Kim Koo, Korean opposition leader
  • 1950 – Zhou En-lai, Prime Minister of China (3 attempts)
  • 1950 – Sukarno, President of Indonesia
  • 1950 – Claro Recto, Philippines opposition leader
  • 1950 – Jose Figueres, President of Costa Rica, two attempts
  • 1951 – Kim Il Sung, Premier of North Korea
  • 1953 – Zhou En-lai, Prime Minister of China
  • 1953 – Mohammed Mossadegh, Prime Minister of Iran
  • 1955 – Jose Antonio Remon, President of Panama
  • 1955 – Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India
  • 1955 – Jose Figueres, President of Costa Rica
  • 1957 – Gamal Abdul Nasser, President of Egypt
  • 1959 – Norodom Sihanouk, leader of Cambodia
  • 1960 – Brig. Gen. Abdul Karim Kassem, leader of Iraq
  • 1960 – Fidel Castro, President of Cuba (638 attempts)
  • 1960 – Raul Castro, high official in government of Cuba
  • 1961 – Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier, leader of Haiti
  • 1961 – Dag Hammarskjöld, Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • 1961 – Patrice Lumumba, Prime Minister of the Congo (Zaire)
  • 1961 – Gen. Rafael Trujillo, leader of Dominican Republic
  • 1962 – Sukarno, President of Indonesia
  • 1963 – Ngo Dinh Diem, President of South Vietnam
  • 1963 – Norodom Sihanouk, leader of Cambodia
  • 1965 – Pierre Ngendandumwe, Prime Minister of Burundi
  • 1965 – Francisco Caamanao, Dominican Republic opposition leader
  • 1965 – Charles de Gaulle, President of France
  • 1967 – Che Guevara, Cuban leader
  • 1969 – Norodom Sihanouk, leader of Cambodia
  • 1970 – Salvador Allende, President of Chile
  • 1970 – Gen. Rene Schneider, Commander-in-Chief of Army, Chile
  • 1970 – General Omar Torrijos, leader of Panama
  • 1972 – General Manuel Noriega, Chief of Panama Intelligence
  • 1973 – Jose Figueres, President of Costa Rica
  • 1975 – Mobutu Sese Seko, President of Zaire
  • 1975 – King Faisal of Saudi Arabia
  • 1976 – Michael Manley, Prime Minister of Jamaica
  • 1979 – Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Leader of Pakistan
  • 1980 – Muammar Qaddafi, leader of Libya, several attempts
  • 1981 – Gen. Rene Schneider, Commander-in-Chief of Army, Chile
  • 1981 – General Omar Torrijos, leader of Panama
  • 1982 – Ayatollah Khomeini, leader of Iran
  • 1983 – Gen. Ahmed Dlimi, Moroccan Army commander
  • 1983 – Miguel d’Escoto, Foreign Minister of Nicaragua
  • 1984 – The nine comandantes of the Nicaraguan Government – the Sandinista National Directorate
  • 1985 – Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, Lebanese Shiite leader (80 people killed in the attempt)
  • 1986 – Muammar Qaddafi, leader of Libya, several attempts
  • 1988 – General Mohammed Zia Ul-Haq, Military Leader of Pakistan
  • 1991 – Saddam Hussein, leader of Iraq
  • 1993 – Mohamed Farah Aideed, prominent clan leader of Somalia
  • 1998 – Osama bin Laden, leading Islamic militant
  • 1999 – Slobodan Milosevic, President of Yugoslavia
  • 1999 – Mullah Mohammad Omar, in Kandhar, Afghanistan
  • 2001 – Osama bin Laden, leading Islamic militant
  • 2002 – Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, Afghan Islamic leader and warlord
  • 2003 – Saddam Hussein and his two sons
  • 2011 – Moammar Ghaddafi, his cabinet members and his family

On the topic of Dag Hammarskjold, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, in early 2015 news reports revealed that Sweden had formally asked the UN to reopen the investigation into the man’s death, and with a specific request to all UN nations to release all documents in their possession.

A New York Times article noted that this event had been “an open wound” in Sweden for more than 50 years and that the nation would like some closure. The same article noted what it called “persuasive evidence” that Hammarskjold’s aircraft had been attacked.

Many questions were raised at the time about the unusual delay to inspect the wreckage. Although the plane crashed only a few kilometers from the airport, local authorities refused to approach the wreckage until the following morning. It also made references to the involvement of lucrative commercial concessions as well as the NSA’s refusing to release its documents on the matter.

On the death of Pakistan’s leader Mohammed Zia Ul-Haq, the CIA doesn’t mind sacrificing its own on occasion. Zia Ul-Haq and many of his most senior staff were on a US military C-130 transport along with the US Ambassador to Pakistan, Arnie Raphel, when the plane crashed and exploded shortly after take-off. The cause of the crash was never publicly stated but media reports claimed the US sent a team of investigators to assist the Pakistanis but that the two sides reached “sharply different conclusions”.

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5 responses to “The CIA’s Greatest Hits – US Government Assassinations”

  1. Another one for your list Dr. Hendrik Verwoerd Prime Minister Rep of South Africa 1966.

  2. Plenty not listed here. Castro, from what I have read, frequently flew to New York to have lunch with Jewish bankers. So say attempts on his life were put there for public consumption. Did MI6 try and kill Trump when one of Trump’s bodyguards had a heart attack? This is what happens when someone walks inside the beam. Same thing when BA36 from Beijing lost all flight deck power as it landed at LHR. Now, this has happened once before on the same type of plane but the independent backup power system cut in and the plane landed normally. Do you think all power and the backup power just happed to fail at precisely the same time? Electromagnetic weapon. The plane they wanted to bring down was the BA36 outbound to Beijing which was waiting to take off with GORDON BROWN & SIR RICHARD BRANSON on board. They screwed up big time. Then we have Robin Cook, Mo Mowlam and Tony Banks. They all knew too much about Blair crimes. Then we have the Buncefield micro nuke which took out Northgate Information Solutions, which held all Whitehall data. MI6 has attempted to assassinate Putin at least 3 time. Take Russian naval group off Brisbane during G20, Putin arrived last & left first, easy to see why. China now has a president for life after MI6 were caught interfering in the Chinese power structure & this led to the murder of an MI6 agent posing as a business man.

  3. Sirs, Your list does not include the assasinations of USS Libertys crew during Israeli Airforce and Navy torpedoboats attac on US-Navy intelligens ship on international waters near Gasa. Nowadays its been proved that the attac was joint Israel US attempt to sink USS Liberty, and to blame Egypt for the attac and atrocity.

  4. Also consider Harold Holt Prime minister of Australia who mysteriously drowned whilst swimming at the time he was publicly pissed with the US about their activities at Pine Gap and North West cape

  5. Robert
    Hendrik, a short time prior to his assassination, announced that the Mining Houses in S.A. will pay the same rate of tax as the citizens. From 3% to 43%.