Funny, in the opening lines of the story, the NYT has no problem using the "t" word:-
A top Hezbollah commander long sought by the United States for his role in terrorist attacks that killed hundreds of Americans in the 1980s, died Tuesday night in Damascus, Syria, when a bomb detonated under the vehicle he was in, Syrian officials said. No one claimed responsibility for killing the commander, Imad Mugniyah, who had been in hiding for many years and was one of the most wanted and elusive terrorists in the world.
But the headline intimates that maybe he really isn't a terrorist, just wnated for questioning.
The NYT has a different editor for the story, for the photo caption as well as also for the headline.