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Ha-Mossad le-Modiin ule-Tafkidim Meyuhadim (Hebrew: Institute for Intelligence and Special Tasks) is an Israeli intelligence agency, commonly referred to as Mossad. It is responsible for intelligence collection, covert action, and counter-terrorism. Its focus is on Arab nations and organizations throughout the world.

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Mossad was formed in April 1951 from the Central Institute for Coordination and the Central Institute for Intelligence and Security. Mossad is a civilian service, and does not use military ranks, although all of the Mossad's staff have served in the Israeli Defence Force (as a part of Israel's compulsory draft system), and many of them are officers.

Mossad has long had a reputation for being an extremely effective agency (see links below). However, it has also been involved in several spectacular debacles. In 1973, Mossad murdered Ahmad Bouchikhi, an innocent Arab waiter in Lillehammer, Norway, who had been mistaken for Ali Hassan Salameh, one of the leaders of the Black September organization, which was responsible for the Munich Massacre. The Mossad agents used fake Canadian passports, which angered the Canadian government. In 1997, two Mossad agents were caught in Jordan, on mission to assassinate Sheikh Khaled Mashal, a leader of the Hamas terrorist group. Again, they were using fake Canadian passports. This led to a diplomatic row with Canada, and Israel was also further forced to release several Palestinian prisoners, in particular the militant Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, who is playing a prominent role in attacks against Israeli civilians during the current Al-Aksa Intifada, in exchange for the Mossad agents.

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Mossad is headquartered in Tel Aviv and has eight departments:

Collections Department is the largest, with responsibility for espionage operations.
Political Action and Liaison Department conducts political activities and liaison with friendly foreign intelligence services and with nations with which Israel does not have normal diplomatic relations.
Special Operations Division (Metsada) conducts assassination, sabotage, and paramilitary projects.
LAP (Lohamah Psichlogit) Department is responsible for psychological warfare, propaganda and deception operations.
Research Department is responsible for intelligence synthesis.
Technology Department is responsible for development of technologies to support of Mossad operations.

Table of contents
1 Famous Mossad Operations
2 CEO's of Mossad

Famous Mossad Operations

Obtaining Khrushchev's secret Stalin-denouncing speech
Capturing of Adolf Eichmann
Killing of those responsible for the Munich massacre at the 1972 Olympic Games and the Lillehammer affair.
Kidnapping of Mordechai Vanunu
Providing intelligence for daring Israeli military operations, thousands of miles away from Israel, for instance, for Operation Entebbe.

CEO's of Mossad
1951-1952 Reuven Shiloah
1952-1963 Issar Har'el
1963-1968 Me'ir Amit
1968-1974 Zvi Zamir
1974-1982 Yitzhak Hofi
1982-1990 Nahum Admoni
1990-1996 Shabtai Shavit
1996-1998 Danny Yatom
1998-2003 Efraim Halevy
2003- Me'ir Dagan

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