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Munich: Operation Bayonet
Munich: Operation Bayonet features, for the first time, the Mossad agents involved in the assassinations of Palestinians linked to the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir
Munich: Operation Bayonet
Tuesday, 24 January, 2006
2320 GMT on BBC Two

During the 1972 summer Olympics in Munich, Germany, 11 Israeli athletes were killed by the Palestinian terrorist organisation Black September.

Within days of the massacre, Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir secretly ordered Mossad (Israel's intelligence agency) to hunt down and assassinate all those responsible for the planning and execution of the Olympic massacre.

During the next seven years, more than a dozen suspects and suspected terror masterminds were killed throughout Europe and the Middle East.

This campaign, conducted by a specially trained hit-team - code named "kidon" (bayonet in Hebrew) - has been the subject of many accounts by writers, journalists and filmmakers, and is the basis of Steven Spielberg's new feature film "Munich".

Up until now, no one in Mossad has been permitted to speak in detail about the extraordinary series of events.

Global terrorism

Bayonet operatives reveal their secret missions in compelling detail, including the assassination of Ali Hassan Salameh, mastermind of Black September and CIA contact, in Beirut.

One former Bayonet member - referred to in the film as "T" to hide his real identity - revisits France and Norway to walk through the undercover operations carried out there 30 years ago.

Some considered these operations a success, given the total eradication of Black September, but they did not always go to plan.

Munich: Operation Bayonet features extensive interviews with former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, the former head of Mossad Shabtai Shavit and ex-CIA agents.

With its unique access, this film draws a clear picture of the clandestine 1970s operations that changed the face of global terrorism.

Director: Ron Maiberg
Producer: Noam Shalev
Executive producer: Karen O'Connor

Listen to a BBC World Service report from 1972

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