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| native_name_lang = ar180px)|secretary_general = Hassan Nasrallahclass=nowrap
| Islamic nationalismEkaterina Stepanova, Terrorism in Asymmetrical Conflict: Ideological and Structural Aspects {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20160310143530weblink |date=10 March 2016 }}, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Oxford University Press 2008, p. 113
| Anti-Zionism
| Anti-Western imperialismBOOK, Elie Alagha, Joseph, Hizbullah's Documents: From the 1985 Open Letter to the 2009 Manifesto, 2011, Amsterdam University Press, 978-90-8555-037-2, 15, 20,weblink BOOK, Shehata, Samer, Islamist Politics in the Middle East: Movements and Change, 2012, Routledge, 978-0-415-78361-3, 176,weblink JOURNAL, Husseinia, Rola El, Hezbollah and the Axis of Refusal: Hamas, Iran and Syria, Third World Quarterly, 2010, 31, 5, 803–815, 10.1080/01436597.2010.502695,
| Shia JihadREPORT, Philip Smyth, February 2015, The Shiite Jihad in Syria and Its Regional Effects,weblink The Washington Institute for Near East Studies, 7–8, 13 March 2015,
| Khomeinism
| Anti-WestBOOK, Levitt, Matthew, Matthew Levitt, 2013, Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon's Party of God, 356,weblink "Hezbollah's anti-Western militancy began with attacks against Western targets in Lebanon, then expanded to attacks abroad intended to exact revenge for actions threatening its or Iran's interests, or to press foreign governments to release captured operatives.", 9781849043335, BOOK,weblink An International History of Terrorism: Western and Non-Western Experiences, 267, Based upon these beliefs, Hezbollah became vehemently anti-West and anti-Israel., 9780415635400, Hanhimäki, Jussi M., Blumenau, Bernhard, 2013, BOOK,weblink Criminology: Theories, Patterns & Typology, 396, Hezbollah is anti-West and anti-Israel and has engaged in a series of terrorist actions including kidnappings, car bombings, and airline hijackings., 1133049648, Siegel, Larry J., 3 February 2012,
| AntisemitismJulius, Anthony. "Trials of the Diaspora: A History of Anti-Semitism in England." Google Books. 1 May 2015.Michael, Robert and Philip Rosen. "Dictionary of Antisemitism from the Earliest Times to the Present." Google Books. 1 May 2015.Perry, Mark. "Talking to Terrorists: Why America Must Engage with Its Enemies." Google Books. 1 May 2015WEB,weblink Analysis: Hezbollah's lethal anti-Semitism, The Jerusalem Post – JPost.com,
}}|headquarters= Beirut, Lebanon
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factoids
|headquarters=Lebanon|strength=20,000 to 50,000|partof=|previous=|next=|allies=State allies:
  • {{flag|Iran}}
  • {{flag|Syria}}
  • {{RUS}}WEB,weblink New Experience of Hezbollah with Russian Military, 2 February 2016, NEWS,weblink Russia is Arming Hezbollah, Say Two of the Group's Field Commanders, The Daily Beast, 11 January 2016, Rosenfeld, Jesse,
  • {{LBN}}WEB,weblink Hezbollah Fights Alongside LAF Demonstrating its Continuing Control over Lebanon, 21 August 2017, The Tower,
  • {{flag|Iraq}weblink
  • {{flag|Cuba}} (alleged)
  • {{flag|North Korea}} (alleged, denied by North Korea)NEWS,weblink North Korea denies reports of missile deal with Hamas, Damien, McElroy, 29 July 2014, www.telegraph.co.uk,
  • {{flag|Venezuela}} (alleged, denied by Venezuela)NEWS,weblink Venezuela denies U.S. drug report, Hezbollah charges, 21 July 2009, www.reuters.com, Reuters,
Non-state allies:
  • {{flagicon image|Flag of the Amal Movement.svg}} Amal Movement
  • {{flag|Houthis}} (claimed by Yemeni Hadi government and allies, denied by Hezbollah)WEB,weblink Yemeni FM slams Hezbollah's Houthi support: report - News , Lebanon News - THE DAILY STAR, www.dailystar.com.lb, NEWS,weblink Lebanon's Hezbollah denies sending weapons to Yemen, 20 November 2017, www.reuters.com, Reuters,
  • {{flagicon image|Flag of Hamas.svg}} Hamas
  • {{Flagicon image|}} Popular Mobilization ForcesWEB, Hezbollah provides Iraq with its combat experience to liberate Tal Afar,weblink Arabic.sputniknews.com, ar,
See more|opponents=State opponents:
  • {{flag|United States}}WEB,weblink Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs), 16 July 2006, 11 October 2005, United States Department of State, "Current List of Designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations ... 14. Hizballah (Party of God)".
  • {{flag|Israel}}WEB,weblink Hezbollah – International terrorist organization, 22 July 2013, Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
  • {{flag|Saudi Arabia}}
  • {{flag|Bahrain}}NEWS, Bahrain's parliament declares Hezbollah a terrorist group, Jerusalem Post,weblink 26 March 2013,
  • {{flag|Morocco}}Morocco cuts ties with Iran over Sahara weapons dispute, AP 1 May 2018
  • {{flag|Canada}}WEB, Listed Terrorist Entities – Currently Listed Entities,weblink Government of Canada, Public Safety Canada, 11 July 2014, 24 March 2014,
  • {{flag|Australia}}WEB, Listed terrorist organisations – Hizballah's External Security Organisation (ESO),weblink Australian National Security, 11 July 2014,
  • {{flag|New Zealand}}WEB,weblink Lists associated with Resolution 1373, New Zealand Police, 20 July 2014, 16 August 2014,
  • {{flag|United Kingdom}}REPORT, 27 March 2015, Proscribed terrorist organisations,weblink Home Office, 10, 6 July 2015, Hizballah's External Security Organisation was proscribed March 2001 and in 2008 the proscription was extended to Hizballah's Military apparatus including the Jihad Council.,
  • {{flag|France}}NEWS,weblink Jewish Leaders Applaud Hezbollah Terror Designation by France, Algemeiner Journal, 4 April 2013, 4 September 2013,
  • {{Flag|Argentina}}
  • {{flag|Paraguay}}
  • {{flag|Netherlands}}NEWS, Norman, Lawrence, Fairclough, Gordon,weblink Pressure Mounts for EU to Put Hezbollah on Terror List, Wall Street Journal, 7 September 2012, 7 June 2015,
  • {{flag|Azerbaijan}}NEWS,weblink Azerbaijan: Iranian, Hezbollah Operatives Arrested for Plotting Attack Against Foreign Targets, Barak, Ravid, 21 February 2012, Haaretz,
  • {{flag|Japan}}WEB,weblink ヒズボラ - 国際テロリズム要覧(Web版) - 公安調査庁, www.moj.go.jp,
  • {{flag|Taiwan}}WEB,weblink Taiwanese Official Admits Meeting with Hezbollah Leader, 8 August 2006,
  • {{flag|Venezuela}} (Guaidó government)
Suprastate organizations opponents:
  • {{flag|Arab League}}
  • {{flag|Gulf Cooperation Council}}
  • {{flag|European Union}}
  • {{flag|NATO}}WEB,weblink Israel's UN Ambassador Warns: Hezbollah Has 120,000 Hidden Missiles — More Than All European NATO Allies,
Non-state opponents: (:Category:Battles involving Hezbollah|See details)}}{{Hezbollah}}Hezbollah (pronounced {{IPAc-en|ËŒ|h|É›|z|b|É™|ˈ|l|ɑː}};BOOK, Hezbollah, The Collins English Dictionary,weblink 7 May 2013, 2013, HarperCollins, Glasgow, BOOK, Hezbollah, Webster's New World College Dictionary,weblink 7 May 2013, 2012, Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, {{transl|ar|DIN|Ḥizbu 'llāh}}, literally "Party of Allah" or "Party of God")—also transliterated Hizbullah, Hizballah, etc.Other transliterations include Hizbollah, Hezbolla, Hezballah, Hisbollah, Hizbu'llah and Hizb Allah.—is a Shia Islamist political party and militant group based in Lebanon.WEB,weblink Hezbollah's transformation, Dahr, Jamail, Asia Times, 20 July 2006, 23 October 2007, WEB,weblink Hezbollah (a.k.a. Hizbollah, Hizbu'llah), Council on Foreign Relations, 13 September 2008, 15 September 2008, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080913091527weblink">weblink 13 September 2008, Hezbollah's paramilitary wing is the Jihad Council,BOOK, Levitt, Matthew, Matthew Levitt, 2013, Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon's Party of God, 15,weblink "... the Jihad Council coordinates 'resistance activity'.", 9781849043335, NEWS,weblink Hezbollah cutting costs as Iranian aid dries up, Antoine, Ghattas Saab, The Daily Star, "... Hezbollah's military wing … Known as the "Jihad Council"", 15 May 2014, 1 June 2014, and its political wing is Loyalty to the Resistance Bloc party in the Lebanese parliament. Since the death of Abbas al-Musawi in 1992, the group has been headed by Hassan Nasrallah, its Secretary-General. The group, along with its military wing is considered a terrorist organization by the United States, Israel, Canada, the Arab League,NEWS, Reuters,weblink 11 March 2016, Arab League labels Hezbollah a terrorist organization, the Gulf Cooperation Council,WEB,weblink GCC: Hezbollah terror group, Arab News, 3 June 2013, 3 June 2013, NEWS, Hezbollah labelled a terrorist organization by Gulf Arab states,weblink CBC, 2 March 2016, Argentina, Paraguay, the United Kingdom,WEB,weblink Britain bans Hezbollah - Middle East - Jerusalem Post, www.jpost.com, NEWS,weblink UK to ban Hezbollah as terrorist organisation, 2019-02-25, BBC News, 2019-03-25, en-GB, the Netherlands, Australia, Venezuela (Guaidó government) and the European Union.Hezbollah was founded in the early 1980s as part of an Iranian effort to aggregate a variety of militant Lebanese Shia groups into a unified organization. Hezbollah acts as a proxy for Iran in the ongoing Iran–Israel proxy conflict.WEB,weblink A Proxy for Iran, Matthew Levitt, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, 9 June 2017, Hezbollah was conceived by Muslim clerics and funded by Iran primarily to harass Israel.NEWS, Who are Hezbollah, BBC News,weblink 21 May 2008, 15 August 2008, Its leaders were followers of Ayatollah Khomeini, and its forces were trained and organized by a contingent of 1,500 Revolutionary Guards that arrived from Iran with permission from the Syrian government,JOURNAL,weblink In Search of Hezbollah, Adam Shatz, The New York Review of Books, 29 April 2004, 14 August 2006, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20060822195222weblink">weblink 22 August 2006, which was in occupation of Lebanon at the time. Hezbollah's 1985 manifesto listed its objectives as the expulsion of "the Americans, the French and their allies definitely from Lebanon, putting an end to any colonialist entity on our land", submission of the Christian Phalangists to "just power" and bringing them to justice "for the crimes they have perpetrated against Muslims and Christians", and permitting "all the sons of our people" to choose the form of government they want, while calling on them to "pick the option of Islamic government".BOOK,weblink Israel in the Middle East, UPNE, Itamar Rabinovich, 18 November 2010, 9780874519624, 2008, Hezbollah waged a guerilla campaign in South Lebanon and as a result, Israel (South Lebanon conflict (1985–2000)#2000: Israeli withdrawal|withdrew) from Lebanon on 24 May 2000, and the SLA collapsed and surrendered. Hezbollah organised volunteers who fought on the Bosnian side during the Bosnian War.NEWS,weblink After the atrocities committed against Muslims in Bosnia, it is no wonder today's jihadis have set out on the path to war in Syria, Robert, Fisk, The Independent, 7 September 2014, 25 March 2016, Hezbollah's military strength has grown so significantlyNEWS,weblink UN: Hezbollah has increased military strength since 2006 war, Haaretz, 25 October 2007, 5 September 2013, NEWS, Mel, Frykberg, Mideast Powers, Proxies and Paymasters Bluster and Rearm,weblink Middle East Times, 29 August 2008, 31 May 2011, And if there is one thing that ideologically and diametrically opposed Hezbollah and Israel agree on, it is Hezbollah's growing military strength., that its paramilitary wing is considered more powerful than the Lebanese Army.NEWS,weblink Hezbollah's Role in Syria War Shakes the Lebanese, Anne, Barnard, New York Times, Hezbollah, stronger than the Lebanese Army, has the power to drag the country into war without a government decision, as in 2006, when it set off the war by capturing two Israeli soldiers, 20 May 2013, 20 June 2013, NEWS,weblink For Lebanon's Sunnis, growing rage at Hezbollah over role in Syria, Loveday, Morris, Washington Post, ... Hezbollah, which has a fighting force generally considered more powerful than the Lebanese army., 12 June 2013, 20 June 2013, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20131105065531weblink">weblink 5 November 2013, Hezbollah has been described as a "state within a state",NEWS, Iran-Syria vs. Israel, Round 1: Assessments & Lessons Learned,weblink Defense Industry Daily, 13 September 2013, 19 February 2013, and has grown into an organization with seats in the Lebanese government, a radio and a satellite TV station, social services and large-scale military deployment of fighters beyond Lebanon's borders.WEB, Hizballah: A Primer, Deeb, Lara, 31 July 2006, Middle East Report,weblink 31 May 2011,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20111019062730weblink">weblink 19 October 2011, dead, dmy-all, NEWS,weblink Hezbollah operative wanted by FBI dies in fighting in Syria, Adam, Goldman, Washington Post, "... Hasan Nasrallah has called the deployment of his fighters to Syria a 'new phase' for the movement, and it marks the first time the group has sent significant numbers of men outside Lebanon's borders.", 28 May 2014, 30 May 2014, Hezbollah is part of the March 8 Alliance within Lebanon, in opposition to the March 14 Alliance. Hezbollah maintains strong support among Lebanon's Shi'a population,NEWS,weblink Huge Beirut protest backs Syria, BBC News, 8 March 2005, 7 February 2007, while Sunnis have disagreed with the group's agenda."Hariri: Sunnis 'refuse' to join Hezbollah-Al Qaida war". AFP, 25 January 2014.JOURNAL,weblink Why Hezbollah has openly joined the Syrian fight, The Christian Science Monitor, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 June 2013, Hezbollah also finds support from within some Christian areas of Lebanon that are Hezbollah strongholds.NEWS,weblink In Hezbollah stronghold, Lebanese Christians find respect, stability, Zirulnick, Ariel, 21 December 2012, Christian Science Monitor, 10 June 2017, 0882-7729, Hezbollah receives military training, weapons, and financial support from Iran, and political support from Syria.JOURNAL, Filkins, Dexter, The Shadow Commander, The New Yorker, 30 September 2013,weblink 4 October 2013, From 2000 to 2006, Iran contributed a hundred million dollars a year to Hezbollah. Its fighters are attractive proxies: unlike the Iranians, they speak Arabic, making them better equipped to operate in Syria and elsewhere in the Arab world., Hezbollah and Israel fought each other in the 2006 Lebanon War.After the 2006–08 Lebanese protestsNEWS,weblink Political ferment in Lebanon, Kim, Ghattas, BBC News, 1 December 2006, 15 August 2008, and clashes,WEB, Issacharoff, Avi, Stern, Yoav, Hezbollah fighters retreat from Beirut after 37 die in clashes,weblink Haaretz,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080512082543weblink">weblink 12 May 2008, 10 May 2008, 20 October 2012, a national unity government was formed in 2008, with Hezbollah and its opposition allies' obtaining eleven of thirty cabinets seats, enough to give them veto power. In August 2008, Lebanon's new Cabinet unanimously approved a draft policy statement which recognized Hezbollah's existence as an armed organization and guarantees its right to "liberate or recover occupied lands" (such as the Shebaa Farms).NEWS, Nafez Qawas, Daily Star (Lebanon), The Daily Star, 6 August 2008,weblink Berri summons Parliament to vote on policy statement, 6 August 2008, Since 2012, Hezbollah has helped the Syrian government during the Syrian civil war in its fight against the Syrian opposition, which Hezbollah has described as a Zionist plot and a "Wahhabi-Zionist conspiracy" to destroy its alliance with Assad against Israel.NEWS,weblink The New York Times, Anne, Barnard, Mystery in Hezbollah Operatives Life and Death, 3 January 2014, NEWS, Barnard, Anne, Car Bombing Injures Dozens in Hezbollah Section of Beirut,weblink 30 August 2013, The New York Times, 9 July 2013, Hezbollah has portrayed the Syrian uprising as an Israeli-backed plot to destroy its alliance with Mr. Assad against Israel., It has deployed its militia in both Syria and Iraq to fight or train local forces to fight against ISIL.Liz Sly and Suzan Haidamous 'Lebanon’s Hezbollah acknowledges battling the Islamic State in Iraq,' Washington Post 16 February 2015.Ali Hashem, arrives in Iraq {{Webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20160307053852weblink |date=7 March 2016 }}. Al Monitor 25 November 2014 Once seen as a resistance movement throughout much of the Arab world, this image upon which the group's legitimacy rested has been severely damaged due to the sectarian nature of the Syrian Civil War in which it has become embroiled.NEWS,weblink Syrian Fighting Gives Hezbollah New but Diffuse Purpose, Ben, Hubbard, New York Times, ... the fighting has also diluted the resources that used to go exclusively to facing Israel, exacerbated sectarian divisions in the region, and alienated large segments of the majority Sunni population who once embraced Hezbollah as a liberation force... Never before have Hezbollah guerrillas fought alongside a formal army, waged war outside Lebanon or initiated broad offensives aimed at seizing territory., 20 March 2014, 30 May 2014, WEB,weblink Hezbollah's Syrian Quagmires, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, "By siding with the Assad regime, the regime's Alawite supporters, and Iran, and taking up arms against Sunni rebels, Hezbollah has placed itself at the epicenter of a sectarian conflict that has nothing to do with the group's purported raison d'être: 'resistance' to Israeli occupation.", 17 September 2014, NEWS,weblink Israel Watches Warily as Hezbollah Gains Battle Skills in Syria, Isabel, Kershner, New York Times, "... the Lebanese group's image at home and in the broader Arab world has been severely damaged because it is fighting Sunni rebels in Syria while its legitimacy rested on its role in fighting Israel.", 10 March 2014, 30 May 2014,

History

Foundation

After the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982, Israel occupied a strip of south Lebanon, which was controlled by the South Lebanon Army (SLA), a militia supported by Israel. Hezbollah was conceived by Muslim clerics and funded by Iran primarily to harass the Israeli occupation. Its leaders were followers of Ayatollah Khomeini, and its forces were trained and organized by a contingent of 1,500 Revolutionary Guards that arrived from Iran with permission from the Syrian government, which was in occupation of Lebanon at the time.Scholars differ as to when Hezbollah came to be a distinct entity. Various sources list the official formation of the group as early as 1982WEB,weblink Hizballah (Party of God), John, Pike, WEB,weblink Hezbollah (a.k.a. Hizbollah, Hizbu'llah), Council on Foreign Relations, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20060927093727weblink">weblink 27 September 2006, WEB,weblink What Is Hezbollah?, Jefferson, Morley, 17 July 2006, The Washington Post, NEWS,weblink Who are Hezbollah?, BBC News, whereas Diaz and Newman maintain that Hezbollah remained an amalgamation of various violent Shi'a extremists until as late as 1985.Diaz & Newman, 2005, p. 55 Another version states that it was formed by supporters of Sheikh Ragheb Harb, a leader of the southern Shia resistance killed by Israel in 1984.Helena Cobban, Boston Review Hizbullah’s New Face Accessed 14 August 2006 Regardless of when the name came into official use, a number of Shi'a groups were slowly assimilated into the organization, such as Islamic Jihad, Organization of the Oppressed on Earth and the Revolutionary Justice Organization {{Citation needed|date=February 2007}}. These designations are considered to be synonymous with Hezbollah by the US,WEB,weblink Background Information on Foreign Terrorist Organizations, U.S Department of State, 1 October 1999, 25 July 2006, IsraelWEB,weblink Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hizbullah, 11 April 1996, 25 July 2006, and Canada.JOURNAL,weblink Canada Gazette Part II, SOR/2003-53: Criminal Code; Regulations Amending the Regulations Establishing a List of Entities, 137, 1 extra, 1, 12 February 2003, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120118214555weblink">weblink 18 January 2012,

1980s

Hezbollah emerged in South Lebanon during a consolidation of Shia militias as a rival to the older Amal Movement. Hezbollah played a significant role in the Lebanese civil war, opposing American forces in 1982–83 and opposing Amal and Syria during the 1985–88 War of the Camps. However, Hezbollah's early primary focus was ending Israel's occupation of southern Lebanon following Israel's 1982 invasion and siege of Beirut.Avi Shlaim (2001) The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World W.W. Norton, {{ISBN|0-393-32112-6}} Chapter 10; "The Lebanese Quagmire 1981–1984". pp 384–423 Amal, the main Lebanese Shia political group, initiated guerrilla warfare. In 2006, former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak stated, "When we entered Lebanon … there was no Hezbollah. We were accepted with perfumed rice and flowers by the Shia in the south. It was our presence there that created Hezbollah".BOOK, Norton, Augustus, Hezbollah: A Short History, 2009, Princeton University Press, 978-0-691-13124-5, 33,weblink Hezbollah waged an asymmetric war using suicide attacks against the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Israeli targets outside of Lebanon.BOOK, Pape, Robert, Robert Pape, Dying to win: the strategic logic of suicide terrorism, New York, Random House, 1-4000-6317-5, 2005,weblink Specifically: "Suicide Terrorist Campaigns, 1980–2003", Appendix 1. (Page 253 of Australian paperback edition, published by Scribe Publications) Hezbollah is reputed to have been among the first Islamic resistance groups in the Middle East to use the tactics of suicide bombing, assassination, and capturing foreign soldiers, as well as murders and hijackings.NEWS, Lebanon profile, 3 September 2013, 5 September 2013, BBC News,weblink Hezbollah also employed more conventional military tactics and weaponry, notably Katyusha rockets and other missiles.WEB,weblink The Library of Congress, 4 August 1989, 8 August 2006, Expressing the sense of the Congress over the reported murder of Lieutenant Colonel William Higgins and Hezbollah-sponsored terrorism., H. CON. RES. 190, 1st session, 101st congress, NEWS, Harnden, Tony, Video games attract young to Hizbollah,weblink 20 October 2012, The Daily Telegraph, 21 February 2004,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20060721222037weblink">weblink 21 July 2006, London, dead, At the end of the Lebanese Civil War in 1990, despite the Taif Agreement asking for the "disbanding of all Lebanese and non-Lebanese militias," Syria, which controlled Lebanon at that time, allowed Hezbollah to maintain their arsenal and control Shia areas along the border with Israel.

After 1990

In the 1990s, Hezbollah transformed from a revolutionary group into a political one, in a process which is described as the Lebanonisation of Hezbollah. Unlike its uncompromising revolutionary stance in the 1980s, Hezbollah conveyed a lenient stance towards the Lebanese state.WEB,weblink Mediterranean Politics, Volume 3, Issue 1 Summer 1998, pages 103–134, The strategy and tactics of Hizballah's current 'Lebanonization process, In 1992 Hezbollah decided to participate in elections, and Ali Khamenei, supreme leader of Iran, endorsed it. Former Hezbollah secretary general, Subhi al-Tufayli, contested this decision, which led to a schism in Hezbollah. Hezbollah won all twelve seats which were on its electoral list. At the end of that year, Hezbollah began to engage in dialog with Lebanese Christians. Hezbollah regards cultural, political, and religious freedoms in Lebanon as sanctified, although it does not extend these values to groups who have relations with Israel.Alagha (2006), pp. 41–44In 1997 Hezbollah formed the multi-confessional Lebanese Brigades to Fighting the Israeli Occupation in an attempt to revive national and secular resistance against Israel, thereby marking the "Lebanonisation" of resistance.Alagha (2006), p. 47

Islamic Jihad Organization (IJO)

Whether the Islamic Jihad Organization (IJO) was a nom de guerre used by Hezbollah or a separate organization, is disputed. According to certain sources, IJO was identified as merely a "telephone organization",Marius Deeb, Militant Islamic Movements in Lebanon: Origins, Social Basis, and Ideology, Occasional Paper Series (Washington, DC, Georgetown University, 1986) p.19al-Nahar, 7 September 1985 and whose name was "used by those involved to disguise their true identity."al-Nahar al-Arabi, 10 JuneMa'aretz, 16 December 1983Le Point, 30 July 1987al-Shira, 28 August 1988Nouveau Magazine, 23 July 1988 Hezbollah reportedly also used another name, "Islamic Resistance" (al-Muqawama al-Islamiyya), for attacks against Israel.Ranstorp, Hizb'allah (1997), p.67A 2003 American court decision found IJO was the name used by Hezbollah for its attacks in Lebanon, parts of the Middle East and Europe.see also JOURNAL, Anne Dammarell et al. v. Islamic Republic of Iran,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20051231142249weblink">weblink 31 December 2005, Bates, John D. (Presiding), September 2003, District of Columbia, U.S., The United States District Court for the District of Columbia, 21 September 2006, The US, Israel and CanadaJOURNAL,weblink Canada Gazette Part II, SOR/2003-53: Criminal Code; Regulations Amending the Regulations Establishing a List of Entities, 137, 1 extra, 1, 12 February 2003,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120118214555weblink">weblink 18 January 2012, consider the names "Islamic Jihad Organization", "Organization of the Oppressed on Earth" and the "Revolutionary Justice Organization" to be synonymous with Hezbollah.

Ideology

Back in the 1980s, the ideology of Hezbollah was described as radical. It is presented in the 1985 manifesto. The first objective was fighting against American and Israeli imperialism, freedom of the occupied Southern Lebanon and all other occupied territories. The second objective was to gather all Muslims in the concept of ummah; then Lebanon would continue the 1979 Revolution of Iran. It also declared it would protect all Lebanese communities except the ones which collaborated with Israel, and supported all national movements—Muslim or non-Muslim—throughout the world. The Ideology has been changed, and today Hezbollah is a left-wing political entity focused on social injustice.BOOK, Engeland, Dr Anisseh Van, Rudolph, Ms Rachael M, From Terrorism to Politics, 2013, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 978-1-4094-9870-4, 36, {{doubtful|date=May 2019}}The ideology of Hezbollah has been summarized as{{According to whom|date=February 2016}} Shi'i radicalism;Barak, Oren. "Hizballah." The Continuum Political Encyclopedia of the Middle East. Ed. Avraham Sela. New York: Continuum, 2002. p. 350.Rosenthal, Donna. The Israelis: Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Land. New York: Free Press, 2003. p. 15.Collier, Robert. "Everyone casting suspicious eye on Iraq's Hezbollah." San Francisco Chronicle. 29 December 2003. 14 March 2008. Hezbollah follows the Islamic Shi'a theology developed by Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.Adam Shatz, New York Review of Books, 29 April 2004 In Search of Hezbollah {{webarchive |url=https://web.archive.org/web/20060822195222weblink |date=22 August 2006 }}. Retrieved 15 August 2006. Hezbollah was largely formed with the aid of the Ayatollah Khomeini's followers in the early 1980s in order to spread Islamic revolutionNEWS,weblink Robin, Wright, Washington Post, Options for U.S. Limited As Mideast Crises Spread, 13 July 2006, A19, and follows a distinct version of Islamic Shi'a ideology ((Hokumat-e Islami : Velayat-e faqih (book by Khomeini)|Valiyat al-faqih) or Guardianship of the Islamic Jurists) developed by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, leader of the "Islamic Revolution" in Iran.WEB,weblink Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hizbullah, 11 April 1996, 17 August 2006, Although Hezbollah originally aimed to transform Lebanon into a formal Faqihi Islamic republic, this goal has been abandoned in favor of a more inclusive approach.

1985 manifesto

On 16 February 1985, Sheik Ibrahim al-Amin issued Hezbollah's manifesto. Translated excerpts from Hezbollah's original 1985 manifesto read:

Attitudes, statements, and actions concerning Israel and Zionism

{{See also|Hezbollah foreign relations}}From the inception of Hezbollah to the present,United Nations Document A/54/723 S/2000/55, citing Al Hayyat, 30 October 1999WEB,weblink Letter dated January 25, 2000 from the Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General, 17 August 2006, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070310192305weblink">weblink 10 March 2007, . Retrieved 17 August 2006. the elimination of the State of Israel has been one of Hezbollah's primary goals. Some translations of Hezbollah's 1985 Arabic-language manifesto state that "our struggle will end only when this entity [Israel] is obliterated". According to Hezbollah's Deputy-General, Naim Qassem, the struggle against Israel is a core belief of Hezbollah and the central rationale of Hezbollah's existence."The Shifts in Hizbullah's Ideology: Religious Ideology, Political Ideology, and Political Program"By Joseph Elie Alagha, Published by Amsterdam University Press, 2006,{{ISBN|90-5356-910-3}}, {{ISBN|978-90-5356-910-8}},380.Hezbollah says that its continued hostilities against Israel are justified as reciprocal to Israeli operations against Lebanon and as retaliation for what they claim is Israel's occupation of Lebanese territory.Joshua Mitnick. Behind the dispute over Shebaa Farms, Christian Science Monitor, 22 August 2006.NEWS,weblink Flashpoint farmland, The Guardian, 10 May 2006, 8 September 2013, London, Brian, Whitaker, "Central to this issue is Hizballah's claim, which was also espoused by Lebanon's former pro-Syrian government, that the disputed Shebaa Farms are Lebanese rather than Syrian territories and are occupied by Israel. Therefore, Hizballah maintains that it is a legitimate resistance movement fighting for the liberation of Lebanese territory. Under this pretext, Hizballah, supported by some Lebanese parties, could argue that it is not a militia and thus it is outside the jurisdiction of Resolution 1559." Robert Rabil. Reinforcing Lebanon's Sovereignty, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, 8 November 2005. Israel withdrew from Lebanon in 2000, and their withdrawal was verified by the United Nations as being in accordance with resolution 425 of 19 March 1978, however Lebanon considers the Shebaa farms—a 26-km² (10-mi²) piece of land captured by Israel from Syria in the 1967 war and considered by the UN to be Syrian territory occupied by Israel—to be Lebanese territory.WEB, 18 June 2000, United Nations Security Council, Security council endorses secretary-general's conclusion on Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon as of 16 June,weblink 29 September 2006, NEWS,weblink BBC NEWS – Middle East – Israeli views on Shebaa Farms harden, Finally, Hezbollah consider Israel to be an illegitimate state. For these reasons, they justify their actions as acts of defensive jihad.Thisreen (Syrian newspaper) 21 June 1999, reprinted by MEMRI Secretary General of Hizbullah Discusses the New Israeli Government and Hizbullah's Struggle Against Israel{{unreliable source?|date=November 2012}} {{webarchive |url=https://web.archive.org/web/20080930150748weblink |date=30 September 2008 }}. Retrieved 30 July 2006.

Attitudes and actions concerning Jews and Judaism

Hezbollah officials have said, on rare occasions, that it is only "anti-Zionist" and not anti-Semitic.BOOK,weblink Hezbollah and Hamas: A Comparative Study, Joshua L. Gleis, Benedetta Berti, 2012, Hezbollah is more than just anti-Zionist; it also exhibits a rabid streak of anti-Semitism, replete with Nazi-like salutes and goose-step marches. In addition, like most other Islamist extremist and terrorist organizations, Hezbollah engages in pure Holocaust denial. … Hezbollah's anti-Semitism, however, pervades the organization much more extensively than just Holocaust denial and conspiracy theories. Despite the rare occasions where Hezbollah officials have stated they are anti-Zionist and not anti-Semitic, these words do not hold up upon closer examination. … Notably, during the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah, the Islamist group apologized only for killing Israeli Arabs, who are not Jewish., 9781421406718, However, according to scholars, "these words do not hold up upon closer examination". Among other actions, Hezbollah actively engages in Holocaust denial and spreads anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.Various antisemitic statements have been attributed to Hezbollah officials."Lebanon and Israel: Nasrallah wins the war." The Economist. 17 August 2006. 18 November 2011. Amal Saad-Ghorayeb, a Lebanese political analyst, argues that although Zionism has influenced Hezbollah's anti-Judaism, "it is not contingent upon it "because Hezbollah's hatred of Jews is more religiously motivated than politically motivated.Saad-Ghorayeb, Amal. Hizbu'llah: Politics and Religion. London: Pluto Press, 2002. pp. 168–86. Robert S. Wistrich, a historian specializing in the study of anti-Semitism, described Hezbollah's ideology concerning Jews:The anti-Semitism of Hezbollah leaders and spokesmen combines the image of seemingly invincible Jewish power ... and cunning with the contempt normally reserved for weak and cowardly enemies. Like the Hamas propaganda for holy war, that of Hezbollah has relied on the endless vilification of Jews as 'enemies of mankind,' 'conspiratorial, obstinate, and conceited' adversaries full of 'satanic plans' to enslave the Arabs. It fuses traditional Islamic anti-Judaism with Western conspiracy myths, Third Worldist anti-Zionism, and Iranian Shiite contempt for Jews as 'ritually impure' and corrupt infidels. Sheikh Fadlallah typically insists ... that Jews wish to undermine or obliterate Islam and Arab cultural identity in order to advance their economic and political domination.Wistrich, Robert S. A Lethal Obsession: Anti-Semitism from Antiquity to the Global Jihad. New York: Random House, 2010. pp. 766–767.Conflicting reports say Al-Manar, the Hezbollah-owned and operated television station, accused either Israel or Jews of deliberately spreading HIV and other diseases to Arabs throughout the Middle East.Block, Melissa. "'New Yorker' Writer Warns of Hezbollah's Radicalism." National Public Radio. 16 August 2006. 16 February 2008.Sciolino, Elaine. "French Court Delays Decision on Hezbollah-Run TV Channel." The New York Times 12 December 2004. 14 February 2008.Carvajal, Doreen. "French Court Orders a Ban on hezbollah-Run TV Channel." The New York Times. 14 December 2004. 14 February 2008. Al-Manar was criticized in the West for airing "anti-Semitic propaganda" in the form of a television drama depicting a Jewish world domination conspiracy theory.Sciolino, Elaine. " A New French Headache: When Is Hate on TV Illegal?" The New York Times. 9 December 2004. 16 February 2008."Anti-Semitic Series Airs on Arab Television." ADL. 9 January 2004. 16 February 2008."Urge President Chirac to Block Hezbollah's Antisemitic and Hate TV from broadcasting into France" {{Webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20130502035120weblink |date=2 May 2013 }}. Simon Wiesenthal Center. 21 May 2008. The group has been accused by American analysts of engaging in Holocaust denial."Hezbollah Pressures School Into Dropping 'Anne Frank.'" The Jewish Daily Forward. 9 November 2009.Satloff, Roger. "The Holocaust's Arab Heroes." The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. 8 October 2006. 14 January 2009.Stalinsky, Steven. "Hezbollah's Nazi Tactics." The New York Sun. 26 July 2006. 14 January 2009. In addition, during its 2006 war, it apologized only for killing Israel's Arabs (i.e., non-Jews).In November 2009, Hezbollah pressured a private English-language school to drop reading excerpts from The Diary of Anne Frank, a book of the writings from the diary kept by the Jewish child Anne Frank while she was in hiding with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands."Hezbollah presses school into pulling Anne Frank" {{webarchive |url=https://web.archive.org/web/20091112154443weblink |date=12 November 2009 }}. Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 9 November 2009 This was after Hezbollah's Al-Manar television channel complained, asking how long Lebanon would "remain an open arena for the Zionist invasion of education?""Anne Frank diary offends Lebanon's Hezbollah." Ynetnews. 6 November 2009. 1 February 2015.

Organization

(File:HezbollahOrgChart.svg|thumb|Organizational chart of Hezbollah, by Ahmad Nizar Hamzeh)At the beginning many Hezbollah leaders have maintained that the movement was "not an organization, for its members carry no cards and bear no specific responsibilities,"al-Nahar al-Arabi walduwali, 10–16 June 1985; and La Revue du Liban, 27 July – 3 August 1985. quoted in Ranstorp, Hizb'allah in Lebanon, (1997), p.41 and that the movement does not have "a clearly defined organizational structure."Ranstorp, Hizb'allah in Lebanon, (1997), p. 64 Nowadays, as Hezbollah scholar Magnus Ranstorp reports, Hezbollah does indeed have a formal governing structure, and in keeping with the principle of Guardianship of the Islamic Jurists (velayat-e faqih), it "concentrate[s] ... all authority and powers" in its religious leaders, whose decisions then "flow from the ulama down the entire community."The supreme decision-making bodies of the Hezbollah were divided between the Majlis al-Shura (Consultative Assembly) which was headed by 12 senior clerical members with responsibility for tactical decisions and supervision of overall Hizballah activity throughout Lebanon, and the Majlis al-Shura al-Karar (the Deciding Assembly), headed by Sheikh Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah and composed of eleven other clerics with responsibility for all strategic matters. Within the Majlis al-Shura, there existed seven specialized committees dealing with ideological, financial, military and political, judicial, informational and social affairs. In turn, the Majlis al-Shura and these seven committees were replicated in each of Hizballah's three main operational areas (the Beqaa, Beirut, and the South).Ranstorp, Hizb'allah in Lebanon, (1997), p. 45Since the Supreme Leader of Iran is the ultimate clerical authority, Hezbollah's leaders have appealed to him "for guidance and directives in cases when Hezbollah's collective leadership [was] too divided over issues and fail[ed] to reach a consensus." After the death of Iran's first Supreme Leader, Khomeini, Hezbollah's governing bodies developed a more "independent role" and appealed to Iran less often. Since the Second Lebanon War, however, Iran has restructured Hezbollah to limit the power of Hassan Nasrallah, and invested billions of dollars "rehabilitating" Hezbollah.Nahmias, Roee. weblink" title="archive.today/20130218013917weblink">"Syria, Iran determined to protect Hizbullah." Ynetnews. 19 July 2006. 31 July 2010.Structurally, Hezbollah does not distinguish between its political/social activities within Lebanon and its military/jihad activities against Israel. "Hezbollah has a single leadership," according to Naim Qassem, Hezbollah's second in command. "All political, social and jihad work is tied to the decisions of this leadership ... The same leadership that directs the parliamentary and government work also leads jihad actions in the struggle against Israel."Daragahi, Borzou. "Lebanon's Hezbollah savors increasing legitimacy." Los Angeles Times. 13 April 2009. 17 April 2009.In 2010, Iran's parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani said, "Iran takes pride in Lebanon's Islamic resistance movement for its steadfast Islamic stance. Hezbollah nurtures the original ideas of Islamic Jihad." He also instead charged the West with having accused Iran with support of terrorism and said, "The real terrorists are those who provide the Zionist regime with military equipment to bomb the people."WEB,weblink Larijani: Iran proud of backing Hezbollah, Siasat, 30 July 2010, 21 May 2011,

Funding

Money comes from Lebanese business groups, private persons, businessmen, the Lebanese diaspora involved in African diamond exploration, other Islamic groups and countries, and the taxes paid by the Shia Lebanese.BOOK, Engeland, Dr Anisseh Van, Rudolph, Ms Rachael M, From Terrorism to Politics, 2013, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 978-1-4094-9870-4, 33–34, Hezbollah says that the main source of its income comes from its own investment portfolios and donations by Muslims, however, Western sources maintain that Hezbollah actually receives most of its financial, training, weapons, explosives, political, diplomatic, and organizational aid from Iran and Syria.NEWS,weblink In the Party of God: Are terrorists in Lebanon preparing for a larger war? by Jeffrey Goldberg, The New Yorker, 14 October 2002, 3 March 2007, Levitt, Matthew. "Hezbollah Finances – Funding the Party of God." The Washington Institute. February 2005. 1 February 2015. Iran is said to have given $400 million between 1983 and 1989 through donation. The situation has been changed due to economic problems, but Iran still funds humanitarian actions carried on by Hezbollah. According to reports released in February 2010, Hezbollah received $400 million from Iran.WEB,weblink LEBANON: The many hands and faces of Hezbollah, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, 29 March 2006, 17 August 2006, WEB, Stern, Yoav, Harel, Amos,weblink Iranian official admits Tehran supplied missiles to Hezbollah, Haaretz, Israel, 4 August 2006, 21 May 2011, In 2011 Iran earmarked $7 million to Hezbollah's activities in Latin American.WEB,weblink Iran in our own backyard, Daily News, 4 February 2015, Soibel, Leah, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120108083630weblink">weblink 8 January 2012, Hezbollah has relied also on funding from the Shi'ite Lebanese Diaspora in West Africa, the United States and, most importantly, the Triple Frontier, or tri-border area, along the junction of Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil.Labaki, Boutros. "The Role of Transnational Communmities in Fostering Development in Countries of Origin." United Nations. 12 May 2006: 15–16. 31 July 2010. U.S. law enforcement officials have identified an illegal multimillion-dollar cigarette-smuggling fund raising operationNEWS,weblink Cigarette Smuggling Linked to Terrorism, The Washington Post, 8 June 2004, and a drug smuggling operation.BOOK, Hamas, Matthew, Levitt, Yale University Press, 2007, 978-0-300-12258-9,weblink BOOK, Terrorism Financing and State Responses, Jeanne, Giraldo, Stanford University Press, 2007, 978-0-8047-5565-8,weblink NEWS, US Treasury takes action against Hezbollah funders,weblink Jerusalem Post, 24 April 2013, However, Nasrallah has repeatedly denied any links between the South American drug trade and Hezbollah, calling such accusations "propaganda" and attempts "to damage the image of Hezbollah".NEWS,weblink Nasrallah decries 'propaganda', Al Jazeera, 25 October 2008, 29 September 2013, NEWS,weblink Hezbollah denies drugs and money laundering claims, Agence France Presse, 22 December 2011, 29 September 2013, As of 2018, annual Iranian monetary support for Hezbollah is estimated at 700 million dollars according to US estimates.Iran pays Hezbollah $700 million a year, US official says, The National, 5 June 2018Hezbollah paying the price of Iranian obstinance, YNET, 27 May 2019Members of the Venezuelan government have been accused of providing financial aid to Hezbollah by the United States Department of the Treasury.WEB, Treasury Targets Hizballah in Venezuela,weblink Press Release, United State Department of Treasury, 5 March 2014, According to the testimony of a former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Roger Noriega, Hugo Chávez's government gave "indispensable support" to Iran and Hezbollah in the Western Hemisphere.WEB, Noriega, Roger F., Hezbollah in Latin America: Implications for U.S. Homeland Security,weblink The House Committee on Homeland Security, 6 August 2014, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20140920031700weblink">weblink 20 September 2014, In an article by the conservative think tank the American Enterprise Institute, Noriega explained how two witnesses alleged that Ghazi Atef Nassereddine, a Venezuelan diplomat in Syria, was an operative of Hezbollah who used Venezuelan entities to launder money for Hezbollah with President Nicolás Maduro's personal approval.WEB, Noriega, Roger F., Hezbollah in the streets of Caracas?,weblink AEIdeas, American Enterprise Institute, 6 August 2014,

Social services

Hezbollah organizes an extensive social development program and runs hospitals, news services, educational facilities, and encouragement of Nikah mut'ah."The Militarization of Sex: The story of Hezbollah's halal hookups." by Hanin Ghaddar {{webarchive |url=https://web.archive.org/web/20091129115017weblink |date=29 November 2009}}, Foreign Policy, 25 November 2009 One of its established institutions, Jihad Al Binna's Reconstruction Campaign, is responsible for numerous economic and infrastructure development projects in Lebanon.NEWS, Sachs, Susan, Hezbollah Offers a Helping Hand in Southern Lebanon,weblink The New York Times, 31 May 2000, 20 October 2012, Hezbollah has set up a Martyr's Institute (Al-Shahid Social Association), which guarantees to provide living and education expenses "for the families of fighters who die" in battle.NEWS, Edward Cody, Molly Moore, 14 August 2006,weblink The Best Guerrilla Force in the World, The Washington Post, An IRIN news report of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs noted:Hezbollah not only has armed and political wings – it also boasts an extensive social development program. Hezbollah currently operates at least four hospitals, twelve clinics, twelve schools and two agricultural centres that provide farmers with technical assistance and training. It also has an environmental department and an extensive social assistance program. Medical care is also cheaper than in most of the country's private hospitals and free for Hezbollah members.According to CNN, "Hezbollah did everything that a government should do, from collecting the garbage to running hospitals and repairing schools."NEWS, CNN, 25 July 2006,weblink Hezbollah's secret weapon, 25 July 2006, In July 2006, during the war with Israel, when there was no running water in Beirut, Hezbollah was arranging supplies around the city. Lebanese Shiites "see Hezbollah as a political movement and a social service provider as much as it is a militia." Hezbollah also rewards its guerilla members who have been wounded in battle by taking them to Hezbollah-run amusement parks.Avakian, Alexandra. Windows of the Soul. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic. p. 186.Hezbollah is, therefore, deeply embedded in the Lebanese society.

Political activities

{{Politics of Lebanon}}File:Lebanon Jul06.png|thumb|left|Hezbollah-controlled areas in July 2006, most of Lebanon's majority Shi'a areas.]](File:Dec 10 2006 anti-government rally Beirut.jpg|thumb|left|10 December 2006 anti-government rally in Beirut)Hezbollah along with Amal is one of two major political parties in Lebanon that represent Shiite Muslims.WEB,weblink Lebanon's religious mix, Kate, Seelye, Public Broadcasting Service, PBS PBS Frontline World, Frontline World, 1 April 2005, 28 July 2006, Unlike Amal, whose support is predominantly in the south of the country, Hezbollah maintains broad-based support in all three areas of Lebanon with a majority Shia Muslim population: in the south, in Beirut and its surrounding area, and in the northern Beqaa valley and Hirmil region.BOOK, Norton, Augustus, Hezbollah: A Short History, 2009, Princeton University Press, 978-0-691-13124-5, 6,weblink It holds 14 of the 128 seats in the Parliament of Lebanon and is a member of the Resistance and Development Bloc. According to Daniel L. Byman, it's "the most powerful single political movement in Lebanon."WEB,weblink Hezbollah: Most Powerful Political Movement in Lebanon, Council on Foreign Relations, 29 May 2008, 5 September 2013,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130617010638weblink">weblink 17 June 2013, dead, Hezbollah, along with the Amal Movement, represents most of Lebanese Shi'a. However, unlike Amal, Hezbollah has not disarmed. Hezbollah participates in the Parliament of Lebanon.Hezbollah has been one of the main parties of the March 8 Alliance since March 2005. Although Hezbollah had joined the new government in 2005, it remained staunchly opposed to the March 14 Alliance.WEB, Gambill, Gary,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110716112837weblink">weblinkweblink The Counter-revolution of the Cedars, Mideastmonitor.org, 16 July 2011, 20 October 2012, On 1 December 2006, these groups began a series of political protests and sit-ins in opposition to the government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.On 7 May 2008, Lebanon's 17-month-long political crisis spiraled out of control. The fighting was sparked by a government move to shut down Hezbollah's telecommunication network and remove Beirut Airport's security chief over alleged ties to Hezbollah. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said the government's decision to declare the group's military telecommunications network illegal was a "declaration of war" on the organization, and demanded that the government revoke it.WEB, Lebanon tensions rise in clash with Hezbollah,weblink Haaretz, 10 May 2008, Hezbollah-led opposition fighters seized control of several West Beirut neighborhoods from Future Movement militiamen loyal to the backed government, in street battles that left 11 dead and 30 wounded. The opposition-seized areas were then handed over to the Lebanese Army. The army also pledged to resolve the dispute and has reversed the decisions of the government by letting Hezbollah preserve its telecoms network and re-instating the airport's security chief.NEWS, Hezbollah to Withdraw Gunmen in Lebanon,weblink New York Times, 5 October 2008, Robert F., Worth, Nada, Bakri, 11 May 2008, At the end, rival Lebanese leaders reached consensus over Doha Agreement on 21 May 2008, to end the 18-month political feud that exploded into fighting and nearly drove the country to a new civil war.WEB, Lebanese leaders 'expect to elect a president' in 24 hours,weblink France 24, 31 May 2008, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110520122706weblink">weblink 20 May 2011, On the basis of this agreement, Hezbollah and its opposition allies were effectively granted veto power in Lebanon's parliament. At the end of the conflicts, National unity government was formed by Fouad Siniora on 11 July 2008, with Hezbollah controlling one ministerial and eleven of thirty cabinet places.Hezbollah currently{{when|date=August 2013}} sits in the opposition March 8 alliance. However, they withdrew from the government citing inability to discuss issues over the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

Media operations

Hezbollah operates a satellite television station, Al-Manar TV ("the Lighthouse"), and a radio station, al-Nour ("the Light"). Al-Manar broadcasts from Beirut, Lebanon.NEWS, 2006, CNN, Elise Labott, Henry Schuster,weblink Lebanese media outlets' assets blocked, Hezbollah launched the station in 1991MAGAZINE,weblink Terrorist Television Hezbollah has a worldwide reach, National Review Online, 22 December 2004, 31 March 2007, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070427115458weblink">weblink 27 April 2007, with the help of Iranian funds.JOURNAL,weblink Al-Manar: Hizbullah TV, 24/7, Avi Jorisch, Middle East Quarterly, Winter 2004, 3 September 2006, Al-Manar, the self-proclaimed "Station of the Resistance," (qanat al-muqawama) is a key player in what Hezbollah calls its "psychological warfare against the Zionist enemy"WEB,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20030410115717weblink">weblink 10 April 2003, Al-Manar Television, 27 March 2007, and an integral part of Hezbollah's plan to spread its message to the entire Arab world. In addition, Hezbollah has a weekly publication, Al Ahd, which was established in 1984.JOURNAL, Olfa Lamloum, Hezbollah's Media: Political History in outline, Global Media and Communication, 2009, 5, 3, 353–367,weblink 22 September 2014, 10.1177/1742766509348673, It is the only media outlet which is openly affiliated with the organization.Hezbollah's television station Al-Manar airs programming designed to inspire suicide attacks in Gaza, the West Bank, and Iraq.NEWS, Jorisch, Avi,weblink Al-Manar and the War in Iraq, Middle East Intelligence Bulletin, April 2003, 24 August 2006, Al-Manar's transmission in France is prohibited due to its promotion of Holocaust denial, a criminal offense in France.NEWS,weblink France pulls plug on Arab network, BBC News, 14 December 2004, 5 September 2013, The United States lists Al-Manar television network as a terrorist organization."ADL Welcomes U.S. Designating Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV Station a Terrorist Organization: Calls On U.S. To Take Further Actions." {{Webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20170811104707weblink |date=11 August 2017 }} ADL. 2 February 2015. Al-Manar was designated as a "Specially Designated Global Terrorist entity," and banned by the United States in December 2004.WEB, 23 March 2006, U.S. Department of the Treasury,weblink U.S. Designates Al-Manar as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist Entity, It has also been banned by France, Spain and Germany.NEWS,weblink France pulls plug on Arab network, BBC News, 14 December 2004, 9 August 2006, Commission of the European Communities Commission document SEC(2006) 160 {{Webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20070108185351weblink |date=8 January 2007 }}. Retrieved 31 July 2006.Materials aimed at instilling principles of nationalism and Islam in children are an aspect of Hezbollah's media operations.NEWS,weblink Hizbullah presents: How to recruit children, Roee Nahmias, Ynetnews, 31 August 2006, 27 January 2011, The Hezbollah Central Internet Bureau released a video game in 2003 entitled Special Force and a sequel in 2007 in which players are rewarded with points and weapons for killing Israelis." Hezbollah Releases Anti-Israel War Game." {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20100615115751weblink |date=15 June 2010 }} ADL. 17 August 2007. 10 July 2010. In 2012, Al-Manar aired a television special praising an 8-year-old boy who raised money for Hezbollah and said: "When I grow up, I will be a communist resistance warrior with Hezbollah, fighting the United States and Israel, I will tear them to pieces and drive them out of Lebanon, the Golan and Palestine, which I love very dearly.""8 year-old boy donates money to Hezbollah." Ynetnews. 6 November 2012.

Secret services

Hezbollah's secret services have been described as "one of the best in the world", and have even infiltrated the Israeli army. Hezbollah's secret services collaborate with the (:Category:Lebanese intelligence agencies|Lebanese intelligence agencies).In the summer of 1982, Hezbollah's Special Security Apparatus was created by Hussein al-Khalil, now a "top political adviser to Nasrallah";WEB, Masters, Jonathan, Laub, Zachary, Hezbollah (a.k.a. Hizbollah, Hizbu'llah),weblink Council on Foreign Relations, Council on Foreign Relations, 5 May 2016,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20160328084825weblink">weblink 28 March 2016, dead, while Hezbollah's counterintelligence was initially managed by Iran's Quds Force,JOURNAL, Wege, Carl Anthony, Anticipatory Intelligence and the Post-Syrian War Hezbollah Intelligence Apparatus, International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence, Summer 2016, 29, 2, 236–259, 10.1080/08850607.2016.1121039, {{rp|238}} the organization continued to grow during the 1990s. By 2008, scholar Carl Anthony Wege writes, "Hizballah had obtained complete dominance over Lebanon's official state counterintelligence apparatus, which now constituted a Hizballah asset for counterintelligence purposes."{{rp|775}} This close connection with Lebanese intelligence helped bolster Hezbollah's financial counterintelligence unit.JOURNAL, Wege, Carl Anthony, Hizballah's Counterintelligence Apparatus, International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence, 2012, 25, 4, 771–785, 10.1080/08850607.2012.705185, {{rp|772, 775}}According to Ahmad Hamzeh, Hezbollah's counterintelligence service is divided into Amn al-Muddad, responsible for "external" or "encounter" security; and Amn al-Hizb, which protects the organization's integrity and its leaders. According to Wege, Amn al-Muddad "may have received specialized intelligence training in Iran and possibly North Korea".{{rp|773–774}} The organization also includes a military security component, as well as an External Security Organization (al-Amn al-Khariji or Unit 910) that operates covertly outside Lebanon.{{rp|238}}Successful Hezbollah counterintelligence operations include thwarting the CIA's attempted kidnapping of foreign operations chief Hassan Ezzeddine in 1994; the 1997 manipulation of a double agent that led to the Ansariya Ambush; and the 2000 kidnapping of alleged Mossad agent Elhanan Tannenbaum.{{rp|773}} Hezbollah also collaborated with the Lebanese government in 2006 to detect Adeeb al-Alam, a former colonel, as an Israeli spy.{{rp|774}} Also, the organization recruited IDF Lieutenant Colonel Omar al-Heib, who was convicted in 2006 of conducting surveillance for Hezbollah.{{rp|776}} In 2009, Hezbollah apprehended Marwan Faqih, a garage owner who installed tracking devices in Hezbollah-owned vehicles.{{rp|774}}Hezbollah's counterintelligence apparatus also uses electronic surveillance and intercept technologies. By 2011, Hezbollah counterintelligence began to use software to analyze cellphone data and detect espionage; suspicious callers were then subjected to conventional surveillance. In the mid-1990s, Hezbollah was able to "download unencrypted video feeds from Israeli drones,"{{rp|777}} and Israeli SIGINT efforts intensified after the 2000 withdrawal from Lebanon. With possible help from Iran and the Russian FSB, Hezbollah augmented its electronic counterintelligence capabilities, and succeeded by 2008 in detecting Israeli bugs near Mount Sannine and in the organization's fiber optic network.{{rp|774, 777–778}}

Armed strength

Hezbollah does not reveal its armed strength. Mustafa Alani, security director at the Dubai-based Gulf Research Centre, estimated that Hezbollah's armed wing comprises 1,000 full-time Hezbollah members, along with a further 6,000–10,000 volunteers.NEWS,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080607095136weblink">weblinkweblink Analysis: Hezbollah a force to be reckoned with, Agence France Presse, Iiss.org, 18 July 2006, 7 June 2008, 20 October 2012, According to the Iranian Fars News Agency, Hezbollah has up to 65,000 fighters.WEB,weblink پیشنهاد عربستان برای تشکیل نیروی مقابله با حزبالله, 15 January 2013, It is often described as more militarily powerful than the Lebanese Army.NEWS, For Lebanon's Sunnis, growing rage at Hezbollah over role in Syria,weblink Washington Post, 12 June 2013, Loveday, Morris, Suzan, Haidamous, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20131105065531weblink">weblink 5 November 2013, NEWS, Hezbollah Upsets The Balance in Lebanon,weblink VOA, 14 June 2013, 24 June 2013,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130621233109weblink">weblink 21 June 2013, dead, NEWS, Hezbollah's Role in Syria War Shakes the Lebanese,weblink The New York Times, 20 May 2013, Anne, Barnard, Israeli commander Gui Zur called Hezbollah "by far the greatest guerrilla group in the world".Richard Augustus Norton – Hizbollah. Page 140In 2010, Hezbollah was believed to have 45,000 rockets.JOURNAL, Goldberg, Jeffrey, September 2010, The Point of No Return, The Atlantic, 62, In 2017, Hezbollah had 130,000 rockets and missiles in place targeting Israel, according to Israeli Minister Naftali Bennett.WEB,weblink Israeli Minister: In Another War With Hezbollah, Lebanon And Its Infrastructure Will Be Fair Game, CNS News, 18 October 2017, Israeli Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot acknowledged that Hezbollah possesses "tens of thousands" of long- and short-range rockets, drones, advanced computer encryption capabilities, as well as advanced defense capabilities like the SA-6 anti-aircraft missile system.WEB,weblink IDF chief says Iranian missiles overhyped, but sent a message, Hezbollah possesses the Katyusha-122 rocket, which has a range of 29 km (18 mi) and carries a 15-kg (33-lb) warhead. Hezbollah also possesses about 100 long-range missiles. They include the Iranian-made Fajr-3 and Fajr-5, the latter with a range of {{convert|75|km|mi|abbr=on}}, enabling it to strike the Israeli port of Haifa, and the Zelzal-1, with an estimated {{convert|150|km|mi|abbr=on}} range, which can reach Tel Aviv. Fajr-3 missiles have a range of {{convert|40|km|mi|abbr=on}} and a 45-kg (99-lb) warhead, and Fajr-5 missiles, which extend to {{convert|72|km|mi|abbr=on}}, also hold 45-kg (99-lb) warheads. It was reported that Hezbollah is in possession of Scud missiles that were provided to them by Syria.WEB, Harel, Amos,weblink Syria is shipping Scud missiles to Hezbollah, Haaretz, Israel, 13 April 2010, 27 January 2011, Syria denied the reports.WEB,weblink Syria: Israel's Scud accusation may be pretense for attack, Haaretz, Israel, 25 October 2008, 27 January 2011, According to various reports, Hezbollah is armed with anti-tank guided missiles, namely, the Russian-made AT-3 Sagger, AT-4 Spigot, AT-5 Spandrel, AT-13 Saxhorn-2 'Metis-M', АТ-14 Spriggan 'Kornet'; Iranian-made Ra'ad (version of AT-3 Sagger), Towsan (version of AT-5 Spandrel), Toophan (version of BGM-71 TOW); and European-made MILAN missiles. These weapons have been used against IDF soldiers, causing many of the deaths during the 2006 Lebanon War.NEWS, Harvey, Benjamin, Missiles Neutralizing Israeli Tanks,weblink 20 October 2012, The Washington Post, 5 August 2006, Associated Press, A small number of Saeghe-2s (Iranian-made version of M47 Dragon) were also used in the war.NEWS,weblink Hezbollah, Already a Capable Military Force, Makes Full Use of Civilian Shields and Media Manipulation, Paul, Weitz, Journal of International Security Affairs, 12 August 2006, 9 January 2008,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080107090241weblink">weblink 7 January 2008, dead, For air defense, Hezbollah has anti-aircraft weapons that include the ZU-23 artillery and the man-portable, shoulder-fired SA-7 and SA-18 surface-to-air missile (SAM).WEB, April 2003,weblink Hezbollah Reportedly Acquires SA-18 SAMs, Middle East Intelligence Bulletin, One of the most effective weapons deployed by Hezbollah has been the C-802 anti-ship missile.NEWS, Gardner, Frank,weblink Hezbollah missile threat assessed, BBC News, 3 August 2006, 27 January 2011, In April 2010, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates claimed that the Hezbollah has far more missiles and rockets than the majority of countries, and said that Syria and Iran are providing weapons to the organization. Israel also claims that Syria is providing the organization with these weapons. Syria has denied supplying these weapons and views these claims as an Israeli excuse for an attack.{{citation needed|date=January 2015}} Leaked cables from American diplomats suggest that the United States has been trying unsuccessfully to prevent Syria from "supplying arms to Hezbollah in Lebanon", and that Hezbollah has "amassed a huge stockpile (of arms) since its 2006 war with Israel"; the arms were described as "increasingly sophisticated."NEWS, Scott Shane, Andrew W. Lehren, Leaked Cables Offer Raw Look at U.S. Diplomacy, The New York Times, ... Cables describe the United States' failing struggle to prevent Syria from supplying arms to Hezbollah in Lebanon, which has amassed a huge stockpile since its 2006 war with Israel. ... information that Syria was providing increasingly sophisticated weapons to the group., 28 November 2010,weblink 26 December 2010, Gates added that Hezbollah is possibly armed with chemical or biological weapons, as well as {{convert|65|mi|km|adj=on}} anti-ship missiles that could threaten U.S. ships.Charley Keyes, "U.S. military needs flexibility due to poor predictions, Gates says", CNN, 24 May 2011{{as of|2017}}, the Israeli government believe Hezbollah had an arsenal of nearly 150,000 rockets stationed on its border with Lebanon.Danon, Danny. "Israel Deserves a Seat on the Security Council." Politico. 5 April 2017. 6 April 2017. Some of these missiles are said to be capable of penetrating cities as far away as Eilat.Israeli US envoy: Hizbullah has 15,000 rockets on border. Jpost.com. Retrieved on 19 October 2010. The IDF has accused Hezbollah of storing these rockets beneath hospitals, schools, and civilian homes. Hezbollah has also used drones against Israel, by penetrating air defense systems, in a report verified by Nasrallah, who added, "This is only part of our capabilities".NEWS, Hezbollah drone busted Israel immunity myth: Analyst,weblink Press TV, 12 October 2012, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20121014175900weblink">weblink 14 October 2012, NEWS, IAF shoots down hostile drone from Lebanon off Haifa,weblink Jerusalem Post, 25 April 2013, Israeli military officials and analysts have also drawn attention to the experience and weaponry the group would have gained from the involvement of thousands of its fighters in the Syrian Civil War. "This kind of experience cannot be bought," said Gabi Siboni, director of the military and strategic affairs program at the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University. "It is an additional factor that we will have to deal with. There is no replacement for experience, and it is not to be scoffed at."NEWS, Kershner, Isabel, 10 March 2014, Israel Watches Warily as Hezbollah Gains Battle Skills in Syria,weblink New York Times, 27 August 2014, [T]he only way for Mr. Assad, a longtime Hezbollah ally, to repay the group is by supplying it with sophisticated weapons., On 13 July 2019, As the Times of Israel reported, Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah, in an interview broadcast on Hezbollah's Al-Manar television, said “Our weapons have been developed in both quality and quantity, we have precision missiles and drones,” he illustrated strategic military and civilian targets on the map of Israel and stated,Hezbollah is able to launch Ben Gurion Airport, arms depots, petrochemical, and water desalinization plants, and the Ashdod port, Haifa's ammonia storage which would cause "tens of thousands of casualties".WEB, TOI STAFF and AGENCIES, Nasrallah warns Israel could be 'wiped out' in war between US and Iran,weblink times of israel, 13 July 2019,

Military activities

Hezbollah has a military branch known as the Jihad Council, one component of which is Al-Muqawama al-Islamiyya ("The Islamic Resistance"), and is the possible sponsor of a number of lesser-known militant groups, some of which may be little more than fronts for Hezbollah itself, including the Organization of the Oppressed, the Revolutionary Justice Organization, the Organization of Right Against Wrong, and Followers of the Prophet Muhammad.WEB,weblink Background Information on Foreign Terrorist Organizations, US Department of State, 8 October 1999, 20 October 2012, United Nations Security Council Resolution 1559 called for the disarmament of militiaWEB,weblink Resolution 1559 (2004), United Nations Security Council, 2 September 2004, 1 May 2007, 3. Calls for the disbanding and disarmament of all Lebanese and non-Lebanese militias, United Nations Security Council, with the Taif agreement at the end of the Lebanese civil war. Hezbollah denounced, and protested against, the resolution.WEB,weblink Hezbollah has no intention to disarm, Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center at the Center for Special Studies (Israeli), 7 September 2005, 1 May 2007, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120729110434weblink">weblink 29 July 2012, The 2006 military conflict with Israel has increased the controversy. Failure to disarm remains a violation of the resolution and agreement as well as subsequent United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701."Hezbollah: Hezbollah and the Recent Conflict." {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20070504083721weblink |date=4 May 2007 }} ADL. 29 September 2006. 26 June 2007. Since then both Israel and Hezbollah have asserted that the organization has gained in military strength. A Lebanese public opinion poll taken in August 2006 shows that most of the Shia did not believe that Hezbollah should disarm after the 2006 Lebanon war, while the majority of Sunni, Druze and Christians believed that they should.WEB, Gambill, Gary,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070927030212weblink">weblink Briefing: Lebanese Public Opinion, September–October 2006, Mideast Monitor, 23 October 2012, 27 September 2007, The Lebanese cabinet, under president Michel Suleiman and Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, guidelines state that Hezbollah enjoys the right to "liberate occupied lands."Haaretz 14 August 2008, "UN: We've cleared half the cluster bombs Israel dropped on Lebanon", by Shlomo Shamir In 2009, a Hezbollah commander (speaking on condition of anonymity) said, "[W]e have far more rockets and missiles [now] than we did in 2006."WEB, Jpost.Com Staff,weblink Hizbullah says it's getting ready for new war with Israel, Jerusalem Post, 8 November 2009, 21 May 2011, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120129054742weblink">weblink 29 January 2012,

Lebanese Resistance Brigades









factoids
|clans=|headquarters=|area=Southern Lebanon, mainly Sidon|strength=|partof=Hezbollah|previous=|next=March 8 AllianceARMY COORDINATING WITH RESISTANCE BRIGADES IN SIDONPUBLISHER=NOW LEBANONACCESSDATE=26 APRIL 2014, Israel}} South Lebanon Army{{flagicon image>Flag of Jabhat al-Nusra.jpg}} Al-Nusra FrontFatah al-IslamJund al-Sham{{flagicon image40px}} Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant|battles=Battle of Sidon (2013)}}The Lebanese Resistance Brigades ( Saraya al-Moukawama al-Lubnaniyya), also known as the Lebanese Brigades to Resist the Israeli Occupation, were formed by Hezbollah in 1997 as a multifaith (Christian, Druze, Sunni and Shia) volunteer force to combat the Israeli occupation of Southern Lebanon. With the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon in 2000, the organization was disbanded.BOOK, Blanford, Nicholas, 2011, Warriors of God: Inside Hezbollah's Thirty-Year Struggle Against Israel,weblink New York, Random House, 582, 978-0-679-60516-4, 26 April 2014, In 2009, the Resistance Brigades were reactivated, mainly comprising Sunni supporters from the southern city of Sidon. Its strength was reduced in late 2013 from 500 to 200–250 due to residents complaints about some fighters of the group exacerbating tensions with the local community.NEWS, Wariness of Resistance Brigades grows in Sidon,weblink The Daily Star (Lebanon), Daily Star, 13 November 2013, 26 April 2014,

Alleged suicide and terror attacks

(File:Beirutbarr.jpg|thumb|A smoke cloud rises from the bombed American barracks at Beirut International Airport, where over 200 U.S. marines were killed)Between 1982 and 1986, there were 36 suicide attacks in Lebanon directed against American, French and Israeli forces by 41 individuals, killing 659. Hezbollah denies involvement in some of these attacks, though it has been accused of being involved or linked to some or all of these attacks:"Frontline: Target America: Terrorist attacks on Americans, 1979–1988", PBS News, 2001. Retrieved 4 February 2007.WEB,weblink Hezbollah again denies involvement in deadly Buenos Aires bombing BEIRUT, March 19 (AFP), Lebanon.com, 20 March 2003, 27 January 2011, Since 1990, terror acts and attempts of which Hezbollah has been blamed include the following bombings and attacks against civilians and diplomats:
  • The 1992 Israeli Embassy attack in Buenos Aires, killing 29, in Argentina. Hezbollah operatives boasted of involvement.BOOK, Levitt, Matthew, Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon's Party of God, Georgetown University Press, 2013, 102,
  • The 1994 AMIA bombing of a Jewish cultural centre, killing 85, in Argentina. Hezbollah claimed responsibility.
  • The 1994 AC Flight 901 attack, killing 21, in Panama.Argentine trials may shed light on Panama mystery, Eric Jackson, Panama News Online, 17 October 2001. Hezbollah claimed responsibility.
  • The 1994 London Israeli Embassy attack, injuring 29, in the United Kingdom.NEWS,weblink 1994: Israel's London embassy bombed,
  • The 1996 Khobar Towers bombing, killing 19 US servicemen.NEWS, Leonnig, Carol D.,weblink Iran Held Liable In Khobar Attack, The Washington Post, 23 December 2006, 26 September 2014,
  • In 2002, Singapore accused Hezbollah of recruiting Singaporeans in a failed 1990s plot to attack U.S. and Israeli ships in the Singapore Straits.NEWS, Fast Facts: Hezbollah,weblink 20 October 2012, Fox News, 13 July 2006,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20101024071340weblink">weblink 24 October 2010, dead,
  • 15 January 2008, bombing of a U.S. Embassy vehicle in Beirut.Lebanon: Hezbollah and the Jan 15 Bombing Stratfor, 15 January 2008
  • In 2009, a Hezbollah plot in Egypt was uncovered, where Egyptian authorities arrested 49 men for planning attacks against Israeli and Egyptian targets in the Sinai Peninsula.NEWS,weblink Egypt's Brotherhood backs Hizbullah in spat with Cairo, The Daily Star, 24 April 2009, 4 September 2013,
  • The 2012 Burgas bus bombing, killing 6, in Bulgaria. Hezbollah denied responsibility.NEWS, Hezbollah suspected in Bulgaria bus bombing,weblink 6 February 2013, Al Jazeera, 5 February 2013,
  • Training Shia insurgents against US troops during the Iraq War.BOOK, Levitt, Matthew, Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon's Party of God, Georgetown University Press, 2013, 297,

During the Bosnian War

Hezbollah provided fighters to fight on the Bosnian Muslim side during the Bosnian War, as part of the broader Iranian involvement. "The Bosnian Muslim government is a client of the Iranians," wrote Robert Baer, a CIA agent stationed in Sarajevo during the war. "If it’s a choice between the CIA and the Iranians, they’ll take the Iranians any day." By war's end, public opinion polls showed some 86 percent Bosnian Muslims had a positive opinion of Iran.WEB,weblink Iran in the Balkans: A History and a Forecast, World Affairs Journal, 27 February 2016,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20161129064421weblink">weblink 29 November 2016, dead, In conjunction, Hezbollah initially sent 150 fighters to fight against the Bosnian Serb Army, the Bosnian Muslims' main opponent in the war. All Shia foreign advisors and fighters withdrew from Bosnia at the end of conflict.

Conflict with Israel

South Lebanon conflict

Hezbollah has been involved in several cases of armed conflict with Israel:
  • During the 1982–2000 South Lebanon conflict, Hezbollah waged a guerrilla campaign against Israeli forces occupying Southern Lebanon. In 1982, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) was based in Southern Lebanon and was firing Katyusha rockets into northern Israel from Lebanon. Israel invaded Lebanon to evict the PLO, and Hezbollah became an armed organization to expel the Israelis. Hezbollah's strength was enhanced by the dispatching of one thousand to two thousand members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and the financial backing of Iran.WEB,weblink Nizar Abdel-Kader, Lebanese Army Magazine, Iraq and the Future of Gulf Security Cooperation: A Lebanese perspective, 25 July 2006, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20060404030400weblink">weblink 4 April 2006, Third World Quarterly, Vol 14, No 2, 1993, reprinted at Al Mashriq Lebanon's Hizbullah: from Islamic revolution to parliamentary accommodation Accessed 26 July 2006Rex A. Hudson, "The Sociology and Psychology of Terrorism: Who Becomes a Terrorist and Why?," Federal Research Division, Library of Congress (September 1999). Accessed 17 August 2006 Iranian clerics, most notably Fzlollah Mahallati supervised this activity.Nasr, Vali, The Shia Revival, Norton, (2006), p. 115 It became the main politico-military force among the Shia community in Lebanon and the main arm of what became known later as the Islamic Resistance in Lebanon. With the collapse of the SLA, and the rapid advance of Hezbollah forces, Israel withdrew on 24 May 2000 six weeks before the announced 7 July date." Hezbollah held a victory parade, and its popularity in Lebanon rose.NEWS, BBC News,weblink 2000: Hezbollah celebrates Israeli retreat, 26 May 2000, 25 July 2006, Israel withdrew in accordance with 1978's United Nations Security Council Resolution 425. Hezbollah and many analysts considered this a victory for the movement, and since then its popularity has been boosted in Lebanon.
  • On 25 July 1993, following Hezbollah's killing of seven Israeli soldiers in southern Lebanon, Israel launched Operation Accountability (known in Lebanon as the Seven Day War), during which the IDF carried out their heaviest artillery and air attacks on targets in southern Lebanon since 1982. The aim of the operation was to eradicate the threat posed by Hezbollah and to force the civilian population north to Beirut so as to put pressure on the Lebanese Government to restrain Hezbollah.WEB,weblink Operation Accountability – Increased Israeli casualties led to Operation Accountability in 1993, Ynet.co.il, 25 July 1993, 21 May 2011, The fighting ended when an unwritten understanding was agreed to by the warring parties. Apparently, the 1993 understanding provided that Hezbollah combatants would not fire rockets at northern Israel, while Israel would not attack civilians or civilian targets in Lebanon.NEWS, BBC News,weblink ISRAEL/LEBANON, Unlawful Killings During Operation "Grapes of Wrath", 24 July 1996, 24 October 2007,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20071020030018weblink">weblink 20 October 2007,
  • In April 1996, after continued Hezbollah rocket attacks on Israeli civilians,WEB,weblink The Grapes of Wrath Understanding, Mideastweb.org, 27 January 2011, the Israeli armed forces launched Operation Grapes of Wrath, which was intended to wipe out Hezbollah's base in southern Lebanon. Over 100 Lebanese refugees were killed by the shelling of a UN base at Qana, in what the Israeli military said was a mistake.NEWS, BBC News,weblink History of Israel's role in Lebanon, 1 April 1998, 24 October 2007, Finally, following several days of negotiations, the two sides signed the Grapes of Wrath Understandings on 26 April 1996. A cease-fire was agreed upon between Israel and Hezbollah, which would be effective on 27 April 1996.Cobban, Helena, WEB,weblink Hizbullah's New Face, Boston Review, 2 February 2007, April–May 2005,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070203070822weblink">weblink 3 February 2007, Both sides agreed that civilians should not be targeted, which meant that Hezbollah would be allowed to continue its military activities against IDF forces inside Lebanon.

2000 Hezbollah cross-border raid

On 7 October 2000, three Israeli soldiers – Adi Avitan, Staff Sgt. Benyamin Avraham, and Staff Sgt. Omar Sawaidwere – were abducted by Hezbollah while patrolling the Israeli side of the Israeli-Lebanese border.WEB,weblink Israelis Held by the Hizbullah – October 2000 – January 2004, mfa.gov.il, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130421053944weblink">weblink 21 April 2013, The soldiers were killed either during the attack or in its immediate aftermath.NEWS,weblink Israel, Hezbollah swap prisoners, CNN, 29 January 2004, 2 April 2010, Israel Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz has, however, said that Hezbollah abducted the soldiers and then killed them.Stevn, Yoav and Eli Ashkenazi. "New film leaves parents in the dark on sons' fate during kidnap." Haaretz. 6 September 2006. 28 February 2008. The bodies of the slain soldiers were exchanged for Lebanese prisoners in 2004."Israel, Hezbollah swap prisoners." CNN.com International. 29 January 2004. 20 February 2008.

2006 Lebanon War

(File:Hizbollah posters 2006.jpg|thumb|Hezbollah posters in the aftermath of the 2006 Lebanon War)The 2006 Lebanon War was a 34-day military conflict in Lebanon and northern Israel. The principal parties were Hezbollah paramilitary forces and the Israeli military. The conflict was precipitated by a cross-border raid during which Hezbollah kidnapped and killed Israeli soldiers. The conflict began on 12 July 2006 when Hezbollah militants fired rockets at Israeli border towns as a diversion for an anti-tank missile attack on two armored Humvees patrolling the Israeli side of the border fence, killing three, injuring two, and seizing two Israeli soldiers.NEWS,weblink Timeline of the July War 2006, The Daily Star, 22 January 2015, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20101210085022weblink">weblink 10 December 2010, WEB,weblink Israel buries soldiers recovered in prisoner swap, A B C News, 22 January 2015, 17 July 2008, Israel responded with airstrikes and artillery fire on targets in Lebanon that damaged Lebanese infrastructure, including Beirut's Rafic Hariri International Airport (which Israel said that Hezbollah used to import weapons and supplies),NEWS,weblink Israeli warplanes hit Beirut suburb, CNN, 14 July 2006, an air and naval blockade,NEWS,weblink Lebanese Premier Seeks U.S. Help in Lifting Blockade, 24 August 2006, Washington Post, Edward, Cody, 2 April 2010, and a ground invasion of southern Lebanon. Hezbollah then launched more rockets into northern Israel and engaged the Israel Defense Forces in guerrilla warfare from hardened positions.NEWS,weblink Computerised weaponry and high morale, Conal, Urquhart, 11 August 2006, The Guardian, UK, 8 October 2006, The war continued until 14 August 2006. Hezbollah was responsible for thousands of Katyusha rocket attacks against Israeli civilian towns and cities in northern Israel,WEB,weblink Hezbollah Attacks Since May 2000, Bard, Mitchell, AIJAC, 24 July 2006,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20060819122710weblink">weblink 19 August 2006, which Hezbollah said were in retaliation for Israel's killing of civilians and targeting Lebanese infrastructure.NEWS,weblink Israel widens bombing campaign as Lebanese militia groups retaliate, The Independent, UK, 14 July 2006, 27 January 2011, Donald, MacIntyre, Eric, Silver, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20140125233429weblink">weblink 25 January 2014, The conflict is believed to have killed 1,191–1,300 Lebanese citizens including combatantsNEWS, Cloud of Syria's war hangs over Lebanese cleric's death, Robert, Fisk, Robert Fisk,weblink The Independent, 22 May 2012, 17 May 2013, London, Reuters, 12 September 2006; Al-Hayat (London), 13 September 2006"Country Report—Lebanon," The Economist Intelligence Unit, no. 4 (2006), pp. 3–6.NEWS, Lebanon's pain grows by the hour as death toll hits 1,300, Robert, Fisk, Robert Fisk,weblink The Independent, 17 August 2006, 17 May 2013, London, WEB
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2010 gas field claims

In 2010, Hezbollah claimed that the Dalit and Tamar gas field, discovered by Noble Energy roughly {{convert|50|mi|km}} west of Haifa in Israeli exclusive economic zone, belong to Lebanon, and warned Israel against extracting gas from them. Senior officials from Hezbollah warned that they would not hesitate to use weapons to defend Lebanon's natural resources. Figures in the March 14 Forces stated in response that Hezbullah was presentinganother excuse to hold on to its arms. Lebanese MP Antoine Zahra said that the issue is another item "in the endless list of excuses" meant to justify the continued existence of Hezbullah's arsenal.H. Varulkar, "Internal Conflict in Lebanon Over Control of Oil and Gas Resources," MEMRI, Inquiry & Analysis Series Report No. 624 (12 July 2010). Retrieved 5 May 2013.

2011 attack in Istanbul

In July 2011, Italian newspaper Corierre della Sera reported, based on American and Turkish sources, that Hezbollah was behind a bombing in Istanbul in May 2011 that wounded eight Turkish civilians. The report said that the attack was an assassination attempt on the Israeli consul to Turkey, Moshe Kimchi. Turkish intelligence sources denied the report and said "Israel is in the habit of creating disinformation campaigns using different papers."Quoting Washington sources, the paper said the attack was meant to avenge the death of Iranian nuclear scientist Masoud Ali Mohammadi who was killed last year. ... Turkish intelligence first attributed the Istanbul attack ... to the Kurdish resistance, but later concluded that Hezbollah, working on behalf of Iran, had organized it. According to the report, three Hezbollah operatives arrived in Istanbul from Beirut to assassinate Kimchi."Report: Hezbollah tried to kill Israeli consul." Ynetnews. 18 July 2011.

2012 planned attack in Cyprus

In July 2012, a Lebanese man was detained by Cyprus police on possible charges relating to terrorism laws for planning attacks against Israeli tourists. According to security officials, the man was planning attacks for Hezbollah in Cyprus and admitted this after questioning. The police were alerted about the man due to an urgent message from Israeli intelligence. The Lebanese man was in possession of photographs of Israeli targets and had information on Israeli airlines flying back and forth from Cyprus, and planned to blow up a plane or tour bus.NEWS, Ravid, Barak, Man detained in Cyprus was planning attack on Israeli targets for Hezbollah,weblink 15 July 2012, Haaretz, 14 July 2012, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that Iran assisted the Lebanese man with planning the attacks.NEWS, PMO: Iran connected to Hezbollah activity in Cyprus,weblink 15 July 2012, Yedioth Ahronot, 14 July 2012,

2012 Burgas attack

Following an investigation into the 2012 Burgas bus bombing terrorist attack against Israeli citizens in Bulgaria, the Bulgarian government officially accused the Lebanese-militant movement Hezbollah of committing the attack.Tsvetelia Tsolova "Bulgaria blames Hezbollah in bomb attack on Israeli tourists," Reuters (5 February 2013). Retrieved 5 May 2013. Five Israeli citizens, the Bulgarian bus driver, and the bomber were killed. The bomb exploded as the Israeli tourists boarded a bus from the airport to their hotel.Tsvetan Tsvetanov, Bulgaria's interior minister, reported that the two suspects responsible were members of the militant wing of Hezbollah; he said the suspected terrorists entered Bulgaria on 28 June and remained until 18 July. Israel had already previously suspected Hezbollah for the attack. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the report "further corroboration of what we have already known, that Hezbollah and its Iranian patrons are orchestrating a worldwide campaign of terror that is spanning countries and continents."WEB,weblink Israel unlikely to retaliate after Bulgaria report. Times of Israel. Jan 2013, The Times of Israel, Netanyahu said that the attack in Bulgaria was just one of many that Hezbollah and Iran have planned and carried out, including attacks in Thailand, Kenya, Turkey, India, Azerbaijan, Cyprus and Georgia.John Brennan, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, has said that "Bulgaria's investigation exposes Hezbollah for what it is – a terrorist group that is willing to recklessly attack innocent men, women and children, and that poses a real and growing threat not only to Europe, but to the rest of the world."WEB,weblink Bulgaria: Hezbollah behind Burgas attack, 6 February 2013,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130206075459weblink">weblink 6 February 2013, dead, The result of the Bulgarian investigation comes at a time when Israel has been petitioning the European Union to join the United States in designating Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

2015 Shebaa farms incident

In response to an attack against a military convoy comprising Hezbollah and Iranian officers on 18 January 2015 at Quneitra in south of Syria, Hezbollah launched an ambush on 28 January against an Israeli military convoy in the Israeli-occupied Shebaa Farms with anti-tank missiles against two Israeli vehicles patrolling the border,Tel Aviv Diary: Netanyahu Loses His Security Edge BY MARC SCHULMAN 1/28/15, Newsweek killing 2 and wounding 7 Israeli soldiers and officers, as confirmed by Israeli military.

Assassination of Rafic Hariri

On 14 February 2005, former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri was killed, along with 21 others, when his motorcade was struck by a roadside bomb in Beirut. He had been PM during 1992–1998 and 2000–2004. In 2009, the United Nations special tribunal investigating the murder of Hariri reportedly found evidence linking Hezbollah to the murder.NEWS,weblink New Evidence Points to Hezbollah in Hariri Murder, Erich, Follath, Der Spiegel, 23 May 2009, In August 2010, in response to notification that the UN tribunal would indict some Hezbollah members, Hassan Nasrallah said Israel was looking for a way to assassinate Hariri as early as 1993 in order to create political chaos that would force Syria to withdraw from Lebanon, and to perpetuate an anti-Syrian atmosphere [in Lebanon] in the wake of the assassination. He went on to say that in 1996 Hezbollah apprehended an agent working for Israel by the name of Ahmed Nasrallah – no relation to Hassan Nasrallah – who allegedly contacted Hariri's security detail and told them that he had solid proof that Hezbollah was planning to take his life. Hariri then contacted Hezbollah and advised them of the situation.WEB,weblink Nasrallah: Israel used secret agent to turn Lebanon gov't against Hezbollah, 9 August 2010, Haaretz.com, Saad Hariri responded that the UN should investigate these claims.WEB,weblink Lebanon PM: UN must probe claims of Israeli complicity in Hariri murder, 12 August 2010, Haaretz.com, On 30 June 2011, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, established to investigate the death of Hariri, issued arrest warrants against four senior members of Hezbollah, including Mustafa Badr Al Din.NEWS,weblink Hariri murder: UN tribunal issues arrest warrants, 30 June 2011, BBC News, 3 July 2011, On 3 July, Hassan Nasrallah rejected the indictment and denounced the tribunal as a plot against the party, vowing that the named persons would not be arrested under any circumstances.NEWS,weblink Hezbollah leader Nasrallah rejects Hariri indictments, 3 July 2011, BBC News, 3 July 2011,

Involvement in the Syrian Civil War

{{further|Syrian Civil War spillover in Lebanon|Hezbollah involvement in the Syrian Civil War}}Hezbollah has long been an ally of the Ba'ath government of Syria, led by the Al-Assad family. Hezbollah has helped the Syrian government during the Syrian civil war in its fight against the Syrian opposition, which Hezbollah has described as a Zionist plot to destroy its alliance with al-Assad against Israel. Geneive Abdo opined that Hezbollah's support for al-Assad in the Syrian war has "transformed" it from a group with "support among the Sunni for defeating Israel in a battle in 2006" into a "strictly Shia paramilitary force".NEWS, Abdo, Geneive, Why Sunni-Shia conflict is worsening,weblink June 7, 2013, cnn.com, 12 September 2013, 7 June 2013, In August 2012, the United States sanctioned Hezbollah for its alleged role in the war.NEWS, US adds Hezbollah to Syria sanctions list,weblinknews/middleeast/2012/08/2012810164625825716.html, Al Jazeera, 10 August 2012, General Secretary Nasrallah denied Hezbollah had been fighting on behalf of the Syrian government, stating in a 12 October 2012, speech that "right from the start the Syrian opposition has been telling the media that Hizbullah sent 3,000 fighters to Syria, which we have denied".WEB, http:www.arabamericannews.com/news/index.php?mod=article&cat=ArabWorld&article=6018, Drone flight over Israel: Nasrallah's latest surprise, 10 January 2009, However, according to the Lebanese Daily Star newspaper, Nasrallah said in the same speech that Hezbollah fighters helped the Syrian government "retain control of some 23 strategically located villages [in Syria] inhabited by Shiites of Lebanese citizenship". Nasrallah said that Hezbollah fighters have died in Syria doing their "jihadist duties".NEWS, Hirst, David, Hezbollah uses its military power in a contradictory manner,weblink The Daily Star, Beirut, 23 October 2012, In 2012, Hezbollah fighters crossed the border from Lebanon and took over eight villages in the Al-Qusayr District of Syria.NEWS,weblink Hezbollah fighters, Syrian rebels killed in border fighting, Al Arabiya, 17 February 2013, 18 February 2013,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130218122629weblink">weblink 18 February 2013, dead, On 16–17 February 2013, Syrian opposition groups claimed that Hezbollah, backed by the Syrian military, attacked three neighboring Sunni villages controlled by the Free Syrian Army (FSA). An FSA spokesman said, "Hezbollah's invasion is the first of its kind in terms of organisation, planning and coordination with the Syrian regime's air force". Hezbollah said three Lebanese Shiites, "acting in self-defense", were killed in the clashes with the FSA."Hezbollah condemned for 'attack on Syrian villages'". BBC News, 18 February 2013. Retrieved 18 February 2013. Lebanese security sources said that the three were Hezbollah members.NEWS,weblink Baalbek figures urge Hezbollah to stop fighting in Syria, The Daily Star (Lebanon), The Daily Star, 25 February 2013, 26 February 2013, In response, the FSA allegedly attacked two Hezbollah positions on 21 February; one in Syria and one in Lebanon. Five days later, it said it destroyed a convoy carrying Hezbollah fighters and Syrian officers to Lebanon, killing all the passengers."Syrian rebels claim successful attack on Hezbollah". The Times of Israel, 26 February 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2013.In January 2013, a weapons convoy carrying SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles to Hezbollah was destroyed allegedly by the Israeli Air Force. A nearby research center for chemical weapons was also damaged. A similar attack on weapons destined for Hezbollah occurred in May of the same year.The leaders of the March 14 alliance and other prominent Lebanese figures called on Hezbollah to end its involvement in Syria and said it is putting Lebanon at risk."March 14, PSP slam Hezbollah activities in Syria". The Daily Star, 19 February 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2013. Subhi al-Tufayli, Hezbollah's former leader, said "Hezbollah should not be defending the criminal regime that kills its own people and that has never fired a shot in defense of the Palestinians". He said "those Hezbollah fighters who are killing children and terrorizing people and destroying houses in Syria will go to hell"."Hezbollah fighters dying in Syria will go to hell, Tufaili". Ya Libnan, 26 February 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2013. The Consultative Gathering, a group of Shia and Sunni leaders in Baalbek-Hermel, also called on Hezbollah not to "interfere" in Syria. They said, "Opening a front against the Syrian people and dragging Lebanon to war with the Syrian people is very dangerous and will have a negative impact on the relations between the two". Walid Jumblatt, leader of the Progressive Socialist Party, also called on Hezbollah to end its involvement and claimed that "Hezbollah is fighting inside Syria with orders from Iran"."Rival Lebanese groups fighting in Syria: Jumblatt". The Daily Star, 24 February 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2013. Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi condemned Hezbollah by saying, "We stand against Hezbollah in its aggression against the Syrian people. There is no space or place for Hezbollah in Syria".Morsi says Egypt cuts all ties with Damascus, calls for Syria no-fly zone. Russia Today, 15 June 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2013.Support for Hezbollah among the Syrian public has weakened since the involvement of Hezbollah and Iran in propping up the Assad regime during the civil war.Eshman, Rob. "Syrian wake-up." Jewish Journal. 8 May 2013. 8 May 2013.On 12 May 2013, Hezbollah with the Syrian army attempted to retake part of Qusayr.NEWS,weblink Hezbollah Aids Syrian Military In a Key Battle, 20 May 2013, The New York Times, 4 September 2013, Barnard, Anne, Saad, Hwaida, In Lebanon, there has been "a recent increase in the funerals of Hezbollah fighters" and "Syrian rebels have shelled Hezbollah-controlled areas."On 25 May 2013, Nasrallah announced that Hezbollah is fighting in the Syrian Civil War against Islamic extremists and "pledged that his group will not allow Syrian militants to control areas that border Lebanon".NEWS,weblink Hezbollah chief says group is fighting in Syria, Associated Press, 25 May 2013, 25 May 2013, Mroue, Bassej, He confirmed that Hezbollah was fighting in the strategic Syrian town of Al-Qusayr on the same side as Assad's forces. In the televised address, he said, "If Syria falls in the hands of America, Israel and the takfiris, the people of our region will go into a dark period."

Involvement in Iranian-led intervention in Iraq

Beginning in July 2014, Hezbollah sent an undisclosed number of technical advisers and intelligence analysts to Baghdad in support of the Iranian intervention in Iraq (2014–present). Shortly thereafter, Hezbollah commander Ibrahim al-Hajj was reported killed in action near Mosul.WEB,weblink Iran is fighting on the Iraqi government's side, Beauchamp, Zack, 23 September 2014, vox.com, Vox Media, Vox, 26 September 2014,

Latin America operations

Hezbollah operations in South America began in the late 20th Century, centered around the Arab population which had moved there following the 1948 Arab-Iraeli War and the 1985 Lebanese Civil War.NEWS, Gato, Pablo, Windrem, Robert, 9 May 2007, Hezbollah builds a Western base,weblink Telemundo, NBC News, 17 August 2018, In 2002, Hezbollah was operating openly in Ciudad del Este.MAGAZINE, Goldberg, Jeffrey, Jeffrey Goldberg, 28 October 2002, In the Party of God,weblink The New Yorker, 17 August 2018, Beginning in 2008 the United States Drug Enforcement Agency began with Project Cassandra to work against Hezbollah activities in regards to Latin American drug trafficking.NEWS, Meyer, Josh, 2017, The secret backstory of how Obama let Hezbollah off the hook,weblink Politico, 17 August 2018, The investigation by the DEA found that Hezbollah made about a billion dollars a year and trafficked thousands of tons of cocaine into the United States.NEWS, Valencia, Robert, 18 December 2017, Hezbollah Smuggled Tons of Cocaine into the U.S. During Obama Administration, Report Reveals,weblink Newsweek, 17 August 2018, Another destination for cocaine trafficking done by Hezbollah are nations within the Gulf Cooperation Council.NEWS, Hezbollah drug cartels in Latin America target GCC states,weblink The Baghdad POst, 9 April 2018, 17 August 2018, In 2013, Hezbollah was accused of infiltrating South America and having ties with Latin American drug cartels.NEWS,weblink Iran, Hezbollah mine Latin America for revenue, recruits, analysts say, CNN, 4 June 2013, 4 June 2013, One area of operations is in the region of the Triple Frontier, where Hezbollah has been alleged to be involved in the trafficking of cocaine; officials with the Lebanese embassy in Paraguay have worked to counter American allegations and extradition attempts.NEWS, Ottolenghi, Emanuele, 15 August 2018, Lebanon Is Protecting Hezbollah's Cocaine Trade in Latin America,weblink Foreign Policy, 17 August 2018, In 2016, it was alleged that money gained from drug sales was used to purchase weapons in Syria.NEWS, Brooks-Pollock, Tom, 2 February 2016, Worldwide drug trafficking ring 'links Hezbollah to Latin American cartels',weblink Independent, United Kingdom, 17 August 2018, In 2018, Infobae reported that Hezbollah was operating in Colombia under the name Organization of External Security.NEWS, Chaya, George, 7 April 2018, Interpol detecta actividades ilícitas de Hezbollah en Colombia,weblink Infobae, spanish, 17 August 2018, That same year, Argentine police made arrest to individuals alleged to be connected to Hezbollah's criminal activities within the nation.NEWS, Diaz, Shlomi, 25 July 2018, Argentine authorities nab terror cell funneling money to Hezbollah, Miami Sun-Sentinel,weblink Florida Jewish Journal, 17 August 2018, It is also alleged that Venezuela aids Hezbollah in its operations in the region.WEB,weblink Hezbollah in South America: The Threat to Businesses, 5 February 2018, Stratfor, 17 August 2018, One particular form of involvement is money laundering.NEWS, Talley, Ian, 15 May 2018, Hezbollah Said to Be Laundering Money in South American Tri-Border Region,weblink Wall Street Journal, 17 August 2018,

Other

In 2010, Ahbash and Hezbollah members were involved in a street battle which was perceived to be over parking issues, both groups later met to form a joint compensation fund for the victims of the conflict.NEWS, Yalib, Yalib, Hezbollah, Al Ahbash chiefs meet over Borj Abi Haidar incident,weblink 30 August 2010,

Attacks on Hezbollah leaders

Hezbollah has also been the target of bomb attacks and kidnappings. These include:
  • In the 1985 Beirut car bombing, Hezbollah leader Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah was targeted, but the assassination attempt failed.
  • On 28 July 1989, Israeli commandos kidnapped Sheikh Abdul Karim Obeid, the leader of Hezbollah.WEB,weblink Abduction of Sheikh Obeid, Security Council Resolution 638, Jewishvirtuallibrary.org, 27 January 2011, This action led to the adoption of UN Security Council resolution 638, which condemned all hostage takings by all sides.
  • In 1992, Israeli helicopters attacked a motorcade in southern Lebanon, killing the Hezbollah leader Abbas al-Musawi, his wife, son, and four others.
  • On 12 February 2008, Imad Mughnieh was killed by a car bomb in Damascus, Syria.NEWS,weblink Hezbollah's most wanted commander killed in Syria bomb, Reuters, 13 February 2008, 5 September 2013,
  • On 3 December 2013, senior military commander Hassan al-Laqis was shot outside his home, two miles (three kilometers) southwest of Beirut. He died a few hours later on 4 December.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20150121134044weblink">weblink dead, 21 January 2015, Slain Hezbollah honcho held key role in drone program, The Times Of Israel, 22 January 2015,
  • On 18 January 2015, a group of Hezbollah fighters was targeted in Quneitra, with the Al-Nusra Front claiming responsibility. In this attack, for which Israel was also accused, Jihad Moghnieh, son of Imad Mughnieh, five other members of Hezbollah and an Iranian general of Quds Force, Mohammad Ali Allahdadi, were killed.WEB,weblink Masses chant 'Death to Israel' at funeral for Hezbollah commander slain in alleged Israeli strike, The Juresalem Post, 4 March 2015, WEB,weblink Hezbollah fighters killed in Israeli attack, AlJazeera, 4 March 2015, WEB,weblink Hezbollah mourns fighters killed in attack, Aljazeera, 4 March 2015,
  • On 10 May 2016, an explosion near Damascus International Airport killed top military commander Mustafa Badreddine. Lebanese media sources attributed the attack to an Israeli airstrike. Hezbollah attributed the attack to Syrian opposition.WEB,weblink Breaking: Israel kills Hezbollah commander in airstrike over Damascus, Chris, Tomson, 13 May 2016, NEWS,weblink Leading Hezbollah commander and key Israel target killed in Syria, The Guardian, 13 May 2016, NEWS,weblink Hezbollah blames insurgent shelling for death of top commander in Syria, Ynet, 14 May 2016,

Targeting policy

After the September 11, 2001 attacks, Hezbollah condemned al-Qaeda for targeting civilians in the World Trade Center,BOOK, Co-Director Center for Contemporary Conflict James A Russell, PhD, James A. Russell, James J. Wirtz, Professor of National Security Affairs James J Wirtz, Globalization and WMD Proliferation: Terrorism, Transnational Networks and International Security, 2009, Routledge, 978-1-134-07970-4, 86, WEB,weblink FS_184 – CJPME – English, CJPME – English, but remained silent on the attack on The Pentagon.NEWS,weblink Inside the Mind of Hezbollah, Robin, Wright, The Washington Post, 1 August 2006, 16 July 2006, Hezbollah also denounced the massacres in Algeria by Armed Islamic Group, Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya attacks on tourists in Egypt,Hezbollah's condemnation of murder of civilians in Egypt and Algeria is described in Saad-Ghorayeb, p. 101. the murder of Nick Berg,NEWS,weblink Muted Arab reaction to Berg beheading, Sebastian, Usher, BBC News, 5 September 2013, 13 May 2004, and ISIL attacks in Paris.NEWS,weblink Hezbollah chief condemns Paris attacks - Video, Reuters, The New York Times, 15 November 2015, 21 October 2016, Although Hezbollah has denounced certain attacks on civilians, some people accuse the organization of the bombing of an Argentine synagogue in 1994. Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, Marcelo Martinez Burgos, and their "staff of some 45 people"WEB,weblink AMIA Probe Was Botched: Argentina, Larry Luxner, The Jewish Week, 4 March 2006, 5 February 2007, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100715134115weblink">weblink 15 July 2010, said that Hezbollah and their contacts in Iran were responsible for the 1994 bombing of a Jewish cultural center in Argentina, in which "[e]ighty-five people were killed and more than 200 others injured."NEWS,weblink Former Iran leader sought in bombing, Associated Press, The Jerusalem Post, 25 October 2006, 21 May 2011, In June 2002, shortly after the Israeli government launched Operation Defensive Shield, Nasrallah gave a speech in which he defended and praised suicide bombings of Israeli targets by members of Palestinian groups for "creating a deterrence and equalizing fear." Nasrallah stated that "in occupied Palestine, there is no difference between a soldier and a civilian, for they are all invaders, occupiers and usurpers of the land."In August 2012, the United States State Department's counter-terrorism coordinator Daniel Benjamin warned that Hezbollah may attack Europe at any time without any warning. Benjamin said, "Hezbollah maintains a presence in Europe and its recent activities demonstrate that it is not constrained by concerns about collateral damage or political fallout that could result from conducting operations there ... We assess that Hezbollah could attack in Europe or elsewhere at any time with little or no warning" and that Hezbollah has "stepped up terrorist campaigns around the world."NEWS,weblink US warns Hezbollah may strike in Europe, Yahoo News, AFP, 10 August 2012, 10 August 2012,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120813063517weblink">weblink 13 August 2012, WEB,weblink Hezbollah could hit Europe at any time, with no warning, The Jerusalem Post, 10 August 2012, 10 August 2012, NEWS,weblink Hezbollah may strike in Europe at any time: US, France 24, AFP, 10 August 2012, 10 August 2012,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120811154727weblink">weblink 11 August 2012,

Foreign relations

Hezbollah has close relations with Iran.Halliday, Fred. "A Lebanese fragment: two days with Hizbollah." {{Webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20060820114015weblink |date=20 August 2006 }} openDemocracy. 20 July 2006. 17 February 2007. It also has ties with the leadership in Syria, specifically President Hafez al-Assad (until his death in 2000) supported it.JOURNAL,weblink Middle East Quarterly, Middle East Forum, 23 January 2015, Rabil, Robert G, September 2007, It's also a close Assad ally, and its leader pledged support to the embattled Syrian leader.WEB,weblink Who Are Syria's Friends And Why Are They Supporting Assad?, parallels, 23 January 2015, NEWS,weblink Hezbollah leader Nasrallah vows victory in Syria, BBC News, 23 January 2015, Although Hezbollah and Hamas are not organizationally linked, Hezbollah provides military training as well as financial and moral support to the Sunni Palestinian group.WEB,weblink Israel-Hamas-Hezbollah: The Current Conflict, CRS Report for Congress, 21 July 2006, 8 September 2006, Furthermore, Hezbollah is a strong supporter of the ongoing Al-Aqsa Intifada.American and Israeli counter-terrorism officials claim that Hezbollah has (or had) links to Al Qaeda, although Hezbollah's leaders deny these allegations.Stinson, Jeffrey. "Minister: Hezbollah doesn't need al-Qaeda's help fighting Israel in Lebanon." USA Today. 28 July 2006. 17 February 2006. Also, some al-Qaeda leaders, like Abu Musab al-ZarqawiNEWS,weblink BBC News, 'Zarqawi tape' urges Sunni unrest, 2 June 2006, 5 September 2013, and Wahhabi clerics, consider Hezbollah to be apostate.NEWS, Jerusalem Post, 5 August 2006,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090416220150weblink">weblinkweblink Saudi religious leader blasts Hizbullah, 6 August 2006, 16 April 2009, dead, But United States intelligence officials speculate that there has been contact between Hezbollah and low-level al-Qaeda figures who fled Afghanistan for Lebanon.NEWS,weblink CNN World News, Boettcher, Mike, Schuster, Henry, New terror alliance suspected in Iraq, 13 August 2003, 26 July 2006, However, Michel Samaha, Lebanon's former minister of information, has said that Hezbollah has been an important ally of the government in the war against terrorist groups, and described the "American attempt to link Hezbollah to al-Qaeda" to be "astonishing".

Public opinion

According to Michel Samaha, Lebanon's minister of information, Hezbollah is seen as a legitimate resistance organization that has defended its land against an Israeli occupying force and has consistently stood up to the Israeli army.According to a survey released by the "Beirut Center for Research and Information" on 26 July during the 2006 Lebanon War, 87 percent of Lebanese support Hezbollah's "retaliatory attacks on northern Israel",WEB, Beirut Center for Research and Information, 29 July 2006,weblink Poll finds support for Hizbullah's retaliation, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20060830210321weblink">weblink 30 August 2006, a rise of 29 percentage points from a similar poll conducted in February. More striking, however, was the level of support for Hezbollah's resistance from non-Shiite communities. Eighty percent of Christians polled supported Hezbollah, along with 80 percent of Druze and 89 percent of Sunnis.WEB,weblink Nicholas, Blanford, Christian Science Monitor, Israeli strikes may boost Hizbullah base, 28 July 2006, 29 July 2006, In a poll of Lebanese adults taken in 2004, 6% of respondents gave unqualified support to the statement "Hezbollah should be disarmed". 41% reported unqualified disagreement. A poll of Gaza Strip and West Bank residents indicated that 79.6% had "a very good view" of Hezbollah, and most of the remainder had a "good view". Polls of Jordanian adults in December 2005 and June 2006 showed that 63.9% and 63.3%, respectively, considered Hezbollah to be a legitimate resistance organization.In the December 2005 poll, only 6% of Jordanian adults considered Hezbollah to be terrorist.NEWS,weblinkweblink" title="archive.today/20150203073712weblink">weblink dead, 3 February 2015, What led to the rapid increased popularity of Hezbollah in Lebanon, Arab News, 3 February 2015, Zarour, Khoder, A July 2006 USA Today/Gallup poll found that 83% of the 1,005 Americans polled blamed Hezbollah, at least in part, for the 2006 Lebanon War, compared to 66% who blamed Israel to some degree. Additionally, 76% disapproved of the military action Hezbollah took in Israel, compared to 38% who disapproved of Israel's military action in Lebanon. A poll in August 2006 by ABC News and the Washington Post found that 68% of the 1,002 Americans polled blamed Hezbollah, at least in part, for the civilian casualties in Lebanon during the 2006 Lebanon War, compared to 31% who blamed Israel to some degree."Israel/Palestinians." PollingReport.com. 10 December 2006. Another August 2006 poll by CNN showed that 69% of the 1,047 Americans polled believed that Hezbollah is unfriendly towards, or an enemy of, the United States.In 2010, a survey of Muslims in Lebanon showed that 94% of Lebanese Shia supported Hezbollah, while 84% of the Sunni Muslims held an unfavorable opinion of the group.Muslims offer mixed views on Hamas, Hezbollah, reject al Qaeda, CNN. 3 December 2010Some public opinion has started to turn against Hezbollah for their support of Syrian President Assad's attacks on the opposition movement in Syria.WEB,weblink Sunni Cleric Rises To Challenge Hezbollah In Lebanon, NPR, 10 August 2012, 25 August 2012, Crowds in Cairo shouted out against Iran and Hezbollah, at a public speech by Hamas President Ismail Haniya in February 2012, when Hamas changed its support to the Syrian opposition.NEWS, Akram, Fares, In Break, Hamas Supports Syrian Opposition,weblink The New York Times, 24 February 2012,

Designation as a terrorist organization or resistance movement

{{see also|List of designated terrorist groups}}Hezbollah's status as a legitimate political party, a terrorist group, a resistance movement, or some combination thereof is a contentious issue.WEB,weblink "Hezbollah's Military and Political: Any Difference?" By Richard Horowitz, World Policy Institute, September 25, 2013, There is a "wide difference" between American and Arab perception of Hezbollah. Several Western countries officially classify Hezbollah or its external security wing as a terrorist organization, and some of their violent acts have been described as terrorist attacks. However, throughout most of the Arab and Muslim worlds, Hezbollah is referred to as a resistance movement, engaged in national defense.WEB,weblink Hizbullah: Views and Concepts, Almashriq, 20 June 1997, 27 January 2011, WEB,weblink Statement of purpose, Almashriq, 20 March 1998, 27 January 2011, Even within Lebanon, sometimes Hezbollah's status as either a "militia" or "national resistance" has been contentious. In Lebanon, although not universally well-liked, Hezbollah is widely seen as a legitimate national resistance organization defending Lebanon, and actually described by the Lebanese information minister as an important ally in fighting terrorist groups.BOOK, Dionigi, Filippo, Hezbollah, Islamist Politics, and International Society, 2014, Palgrave Macmillan, 978-1-137-40302-5, 153–156, In the Arab world, Hezbollah is generally seen either as a destabilizing force that functions as Iran's pawn by rentier{{clarify|reason=Is this supposed to be "entire"? Something else?|date=April 2019}} states like Egypt and Saudi Arabia, or as a popular sociopolitical guerilla movement that exemplifies strong leadership, meaningful political action, and a commitment to social justice.The United Nations Security Council has never listed Hezbollah as a terrorist organization under its sanctions list, although some of its members have done so individually. The United Kingdom listed Hezbollah's military wing as a terrorist organization until May 2019 when the entire organisation was proscribed, and the United StatesDesignation of Foreign Terrorist Organizations, Department of State, Federal Register, Vol. 62, No. 195, 8 October 1997 lists the entire group as such. Russia has considered Hezbollah a legitimate sociopolitical organization,' Russia says Hezbollah, Hamas not terror groups,' The Times of Israel 16 November 2015. and the People's Republic of China remains neutral and maintains contacts with Hezbollah.{{citation needed|date=September 2019}}Omar Nashabe, 'China’s Ambassador in Lebanon: Hezbollah Arms a Trade Matter,' {{Webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20170130104652weblink |date=30 January 2017 }} 4 May Al-Akhbar, 2012In May 2013, France and Germany released statements that they will join other European countries in calling for a EU-blacklisting of Hezbollah as a terror group.WEB,weblink Blacklisting Hezbollah EU is Blacklisting Hezbollah, The Times of Israel, The following entities have listed Hezbollah as a terror group:{|class="wikitable" style="text-align:left"Arab League}}|The entire organization HezbollahAustralia}}|Hezbollah's External Security Organization"Letter Urging European Union Council to Designate Hezbollah as a Terrorist Organization." {{Webarchive>url=https://web.archive.org/web/20181224022649weblink |date=24 December 2018 }} Congressman Sandy Levin. 21 September 2012. 1 February 2015.Bahrain}}|The entire organization Hezbollah|Canada}}|The entire organization Hezbollah| European Union}}|Hezbollah's military wingWORK=THE JERUSALEM POSTACCESSDATE=22 JULY 2013, KANTER, JAMES >AUTHOR2=RUDOREN, JODI TITLE=EUROPEAN UNION ADDS MILITARY WING OF HEZBOLLAH TO LIST OF TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONSNEWSPAPER=NEW YORK TIMES, 4 September 2013, France}}|The military wing of Hezbollah| Gulf Cooperation Council}}|The entire organization Hezbollah|Israel}}|The entire organization Hezbollah|Japan}}|The entire organization Hezbollah|Kosovo}}|The military wing of Hezbollah|Weinthal, Benjamin. 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"Blood Money: Hezbollah's revenue stream flows through the Americas." Steven Emerson. March 2007. 23 October 2009.

In the Western world

The United States Department of State has designated Hezbollah a terrorist organization since 1995. The group remains on Foreign Terrorist Organization andSpecially Designated Terrorist lists. According to the Congressional Research Service, "The U.S. government holds Hezbollah responsible for a number of attacks and hostage takings targeting Americans in Lebanon during the 1980s, including the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut in April 1983 and the bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in October 1983, which together killed 258 Americans. Hezbollah's operations outside of Lebanon, including its participation in bombings of Israeli and Jewish targets in Argentina during the 1990s and more recent training and liaison activities with Shiite insurgents in Iraq, have cemented the organization's reputation among U.S. policy makers as a capable and deadly adversary with potential global reach."Casey L. Addis & Christopher M. Blanchard, Hezbollah: Background and Issues for Congress, Congressional Research Service, 3 January 2011The United Kingdom was the first government to attempt to make a distinction between Hezbollah's political and military wings, declaring the latter a terrorist group in July 2008 after Hezbollah confirmed its association with Imad Mughniyeh.WEB,weblink EU Listing of Hezbollah: Inevitable Decision with Unpredictable Consequences, Chatham House, In 2012, British "Foreign Minister William Hague urged the European Union to place Hezbollah's military wing on its list of terrorist organizations.""UK urges EU to classify Hezbollah military wing as terrorist group." Jewish Journal. 11 September 2012. The United States also urged the EU to classify Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.{{citation needed|date=January 2015}} In light of findings implicating Hezbollah in the bus bombing in Burgas, Bulgaria in 2012, there was renewed discussion within the European Union to label Hezbollah's military wing as a terrorist group."Germany backs terror label for Hezbollah." Ynetnews. 22 May 2013. On 22 July 2013, the European Union agreed to blacklist Hezbollah's military wing over concerns about its growing role in the Syrian conflict.NEWS, European Union Adds Military Wing of Hezbollah to List of Terrorist Organizations,weblink 22 July 2013, 6 November 2013, James, Kanter, New York Times, In the midst of the 2006 conflict between Hezbollah and Israel, Russia's government declined to include Hezbollah in a newly released list of terrorist organizations, with Yuri Sapunov, the head of anti-terrorism for the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation, saying that they list only organizations which represent "the greatest threat to the security of our country".NEWS, Hezbollah not on Russia's "terrorist" list,weblink Associated Press, 28 July 2006, Sapunov told Rossiiskaya Gazeta the list of 17 "includes only those organizations which represent the greatest threat to the security of our country." Groups linked to separatist militants in Chechnya and Islamic radicals in Central Asia made the list., 27 October 2007, Henry, Meyer, The Washington Post, Prior to the release of the list, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov called "on Hezbollah to stop resorting to any terrorist methods, including attacking neighboring states."NEWS,weblink Russian defense minister says Hezbollah uses 'terrorist methods', 15 July 2006, Haaretz Service and News Agencies, 27 October 2007, The Quartet's fourth member, the United Nations, does not maintain such a list,United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Portal. Retrieved 7 August 2006. however, the United Nations has made repeated calls for Hezbollah to disarm and accused the group of destabilizing the region and causing harm to Lebanese civilians.Bajpai, Arunoday. "Pratiyogita Darpan." Pratiyogita Darpan. October 2006. 9 January 2011.NEWS,weblink Lebanon truce holds despite clashes, CNN, 15 August 2006, 4 September 2013, Frank, Thomas. "Israel says it doesn't plan to occupy Lebanon." USA Today. 18 July 2006. 9 January 2011. Human rights organizations Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have accused Hezbollah of committing war crimes against Israeli civilians."Israel/Lebanon: Hezbollah Must End Attacks on Civilians." Human Rights Watch. 4 August 2006. 9 January 2011.NEWS,weblink Amnesty: Hezbollah guilty of war crimes, CNN, 14 September 2006, 4 September 2013, NEWS, Cowell, Alan,weblink Amnesty International Says Hezbollah Committed War Crimes, The New York Times, 14 September 2006, 4 September 2013, NEWS,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080605053520weblink">weblinkweblink Amnesty: Hezbollah committed war crimes against Israel, Globe and Mail /AP, Katie Fretland, 14 September 2006, 5 June 2008, 20 October 2012, Toronto, Argentine prosecutors hold Hezbollah and their financial supporters in Iran responsible for the 1994 AMIA Bombing of a Jewish cultural center, described by the Associated Press as "the worst terrorist attack on Argentine soil," in which "[e]ighty-five people were killed and more than 200 others injured."WEB,weblink Judge: Arrest Ex-President Of Iran, The New York Sun, 10 November 2006, 21 May 2011, During the Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon, French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin condemned attacks by Hezbollah fighters on Israeli forces in south Lebanon, saying they were "terrorism" and not acts of resistance. "France condemns Hezbollah's attacks, and all types of terrorist attacks which may be carried out against soldiers, or possibly Israel's civilian population."NEWS,weblink French PM lashes Hezbollah 'terrorism', BBC News, 24 February 2000, 5 September 2013, Italian Foreign Minister Massimo D'Alema differentiated the wings of Hezbollah: "Apart from their well-known terrorist activities, they also have political standing and are socially engaged."NEWS, Dershowitz, Alan M.,weblink Italian FM: Hezbollah, Hamas are not al-Qaida, Jerusalem Post, 29 August 2006, 21 May 2011, Germany does not maintain its own list of terrorist organizations, having chosen to adopt the common EU list. However, German officials have indicated they would likely support designating Hezbollah a terrorist organization.Germany's Relations with Israel: Background and Implications for German Middle East Policy Congressional Research Service (19 January 2007) The Netherlands regards Hezbollah as terrorist discussing it as such in official reports of their general intelligence and security serviceWEB,weblink Annual Report 2004, Netherlands General intelligence and security service, and in official answers by the Minister of Foreign Affairs.WEB,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090107072052weblink">weblinkweblink Answers to questions on Hezbollah and the EU (in Dutch), 14 October 2008, 7 January 2009, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, dead, On 22 July 2013, the European Union declared the military wings of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization; effectively blacklisting the entity.NEWS,weblink The New York Times, James, Kanter, Jodi, Rudoren, European Union Adds Military Wing of Hezbollah to List of Terrorist Organizations, 22 July 2013, The United States, France, the Gulf Cooperation Council, Canada, the Netherlands, and Israel have classified Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. In early 2015, the US Director of National Intelligence removed Hezbollah from the list of "active terrorist threats" against the United States while Hezbollah remained designated as terrorist by the US,'US intel report scrapped Iran from list of terror threats,' The Times of Israel 16 March 2015. and by mid 2015 several Hezbollah officials were sanctioned by the US for their role in facilitating military activity in the ongoing Syrian Civil War.NEWS, U.S. imposes sanctions on Hezbollah officials for Syria support,weblink Reuters, 15 October 2015, The European Union, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Australia have proscribed Hezbollah's military wing, but do not list Hezbollah as a whole as a terrorist organization.

In the Arab and Muslim world

In 2006, Hezbollah was regarded as a legitimate resistance movement throughout most of the Arab and Muslim world. Furthermore, most of the Sunni Arab world sees Hezbollah as an agent of Iranian influence, and therefore, would like to see their power in Lebanon diminished.Javedanfar, Meir. "An Israeli Opportunity in a Lebanese Crisis" The Atlantic. 31 January 2011. 10 August 2011. Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia have condemned Hezbollah's actions, saying that "the Arabs and Muslims can't afford to allow an irresponsible and adventurous organization like Hezbollah to drag the region to war" and calling it "dangerous adventurism",NEWS, Arab world fed up with Hizbullah, 17 July 2006, Khaled Abu Toameh, The Jerusalem Post, After an alleged 2009 Hezbollah plot in Egypt, the Egyptian regime of Hosni Mubarak officially classified Hezbollah as a terrorist group."Egypt: Cairo calls Hezbollah terrorist organization," LA Times (13 April 2009). Retrieved 5 May 2013. Following the 2012 Presidential elections the new government recognized Hezbollah as a "real political and military force" in Lebanon. The Egyptian ambassador to Lebanon, Ashraf Hamdy, stated that "Resistance in the sense of defending Lebanese territory ... That's their primary role. We ... think that as a resistance movement they have done a good job to keep on defending Lebanese territory and trying to regain land occupied by Israel is legal and legitimate."NEWS, Kais, Roi, Envoy: Egypt to tighten relations with Hezbollah,weblink 25 April 2013, Ynetnews, 30 December 2012, NEWS, Williams, Lauren, New Egypt warms up to Hezbollah: ambassador,weblink 25 April 2013, The Daily Star (Lebanon), 29 December 2012, During the Bahraini uprising, Bahrain foreign minister Khalid ibn Ahmad Al Khalifah labeled Hezbollah a terrorist group and accused them of supporting the protesters.NEWS, Spangler, Timothy,weblink Bahrain complains over Hezbollah comments on protests, Jerusalem Post, 25 March 2011, 22 November 2011, NEWS,weblink Bahrain: Hizbullah a Terrorist Group, Kahn, Gabe, 31 March 2011, Arutz Sheva, 1 April 2011, On 10 April 2013, Bahrain blacklisted Hezbollah as a terrorist group, being the first Arab state in this regard.NEWS, Bahrain first Arab state to blacklist Hezbollah,weblink 10 April 2013, Jerusalem Post, 10 April 2013, During the 2011 Syrian uprising Hezbollah's has voiced support for Syrian President Bashar Assad's government, which has prompted criticism from anti-government Syrians. As Hezbollah supported other movements in the context of the Arab Spring, anti-government Syrians have stated that they feel "betrayed" by a double standard allegedly applied by the movement. Following Hezbollah's aid in Assad government's victory in Qusair, anti-Hezbollah editorials began regularly appearing in the Arabic media and anti-Hezbollah graffiti has been seen in southern Lebanon.NEWS, Kais, Roi,weblink Hezbollah is a 'cancer,' say Arab media, Ynetnews, 8 June 2013, 9 June 2013, In March 2016, Gulf Cooperation Council designated Hezbollah as a terrorist organization due to its alleged attempts to undermine GCC states, and Arab League followed the move, with reservation by Iraq and Lebanon. In the summit, Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said that "Hezbollah enjoys wide representation and is an integral faction of the Lebanese community", while Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said PMF and Hezbollah "have preserved Arab dignity" and those who accuse them of being terrorists are terrorists themselves.WEB,weblink Arab League declares Hezbollah 'terrorist organization', Saudi delegation walked out of the meeting.WEB,weblink PressTV, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the step "important and even amazing".WEB,weblink PressTV, WEB,weblink Reactionary Persian Gulf Arab States Praised by Netanyahu, A day before the move by the Arab League, Hezbollah leader Nsarallah said that "Saudi Arabia is angry with Hezbollah since it is daring to say what only a few others dare to say against its royal family".WEB,weblink Arab League labels Hezbollah a 'terrorist' group,

In Lebanon

In an interview during the 2006 Lebanon War, then-President Emile Lahoud stated "Hezbollah enjoys utmost prestige in Lebanon, because it freed our country ... even though it is very small, it stands up to Israel."SPIEGEL Interview with Lebanese President Emile Lahoud: 'Hezbollah Freed Our Country'. Der Spiegel. 25 July 2006. Following the 2006 War, other Lebanese including members of the government were resentful of the large damage sustained by the country and saw Hezbollah's actions as unjustified "dangerous adventurism" rather than legitimate resistance. They accused Hezbollah of acting on behalf of Iran and Syria.JOURNAL, Itani, Faysal, Hizbullah and Lebanese Nationalism, Bologna Center Journal of International Affairs, 2007, 10,weblink dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130501174420weblink">weblink 1 May 2013, An official of the Future Movement, part of the March 14 Alliance, warned that Hezbollah "has all the characteristics of a terrorist party", and that Hezbollah is moving Lebanon toward the Iranian Islamic system of government.Allouch: Hezbollah qualifies as a terrorist group. YaLibnan. 23 May 2011In August 2008, Lebanon's cabinet completed a policy statement which recognized "the right of Lebanon's people, army, and resistance to liberate the Israeli-occupied Shebaa Farms, Kafar Shuba Hills, and the Lebanese section of Ghajar village, and defend the country using all legal and possible means."Gebran Tueni, a late conservative Orthodox Christian editor of an-Nahar, referred to Hezbollah as an "Iranian import" and said "they have nothing to do with Arab civilization." Tuení believed that Hezbollah's evolution is cosmetic, concealing a sinister long-term strategy to Islamicize Lebanon and lead it into a ruinous war with Israel.While Hezbollah has supported popular uprisings in Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain and Tunisia, Hezbollah publicly sided with Iran and Syria in their own violent repressions of dissent. In August 2010, 800 people demonstrated in Beirut against Syrian President Bashar Assad, and police were called in to contain the smaller pro-Syrian rallies that followed. Demonstrators were shouting, "Syria wants freedom," "Anyone who kills his people is a murderer and a coward," and "the people want an end to the regime."NEWS, Spangler, Timothy,weblink Syria uprising stirs old divisions in neighboring Lebanon, Jerusalem Post, 22 November 2011, By 2017, a poll showed that 62 percent of Lebanese Christians believed that Hezbollah was doing a "better job than anyone else in defending Lebanese interests in the region, and they trust it more than other social institutions."Meeting Middle East Christians is where Western stereotypes go to die, John L. Allen Jr., Oct. 19, 2017, angelusnews.com{{better source|date=December 2018}}

Scholarly views

Academics specializing in a wide variety of the social sciences believe that Hezbollah is an example of an Islamic terrorist organization. Such scholars and research institutes include the following:

Views of foreign legislators

J. Gresham Barrett brought up legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives which, among other things, referred to Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. Congress members Tom Lantos, Jim Saxton, Thad McCotter, Chris Shays, Charles Boustany, Alcee Hastings, and Robert Wexler referred to Hezbollah as a terrorist organization in their speeches supporting the legislation.Congress. Congressional Record, V. 151, Pt. 4 ...." Government Printing Office. 11 March to 6 April 2005. 23 January 2011. Shortly before a speech by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, U.S. Congressman Dennis Hastert said, "He [Maliki] denounces terrorism, and I have to take him at his word. Hezbollah is a terrorist organization."NEWS, Weisman, Jonathan,weblink Iraqi Prime Minister Presses for More Aid, Washington Post, 27 July 2006, 4 September 2013, In 2011, a bipartisan group of members of Congress introduced the Hezbollah Anti-Terrorism Act. The act ensures that no American aid to Lebanon will enter the hands of Hezbollah. On the day of the act's introduction, Congressman Darrell Issa said, "Hezbollah is a terrorist group and a cancer on Lebanon. The Hezbollah Anti-Terrorism Act surgically targets this cancer and will strengthen the position of Lebanese who oppose Hezbollah."WEB,weblink Reps. Berman, Issa, Boustany, Rahall Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Make Certain No Taxpayer Funds Benefit Hezbollah, The United States House of Representatives, 16 June 2011,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110620015347weblink">weblink 20 June 2011, In a Sky News interview during the 2006 Lebanon war, British MP George Galloway said that Hezbollah is: "not a terrorist organization".VIDEO, George Galloway, Anna Botting, Getting a word in,weblink TV, News, Sky News, 22 January 2011, 3:59–4:04, But they're not a terrorist organization., Former Swiss member of parliament, Jean Ziegler, said in 2006: "I refuse to describe Hezbollah as a terrorist group. It is a national movement of resistance."NEWS, Switzerland nominates Hezbollah advocate for UN Human Rights Council, Benjamin Weinthal, Jerusalem Post, 14 August 2013,weblink 14 August 2013,

See also

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References

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Further reading

Books
  • BOOK, Joseph Alagha, 2006, The Shifts in Hizbullah's Ideology: Religious Ideology, Political Ideology, Amsterdam University Press, 90-5356-910-3, Joseph Alagha,
  • BOOK, Tom Diaz, Barbara Newman, 2005, Lightning Out of Lebanon: Hezbollah Terrorists on American Soil, Presidio Press, 0-345-47568-2,weblink {{dead link|date=April 2016}}
  • BOOK, Ahmad Nizar Hamzeh, 2004, In The Path Of Hizbullah, Syracuse University Press, 0-8156-3053-0, Ahmad Nizar Hamzeh,
  • BOOK, Judith Palmer Harik, 2006, Hezbollah: The Changing Face of Terrorism, I.B. Tauris, 1-84511-024-2, Judith Palmer Harik,
  • BOOK, Hala Jaber, 1997, Hezbollah, Columbia University Press, 0-231-10834-6, Hala Jaber,weblink
  • BOOK, Avi Jorisch, 2004, Beacon of Hatred: Inside Hizballahs Al-Manar Television, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, 0-944029-88-4, Avi Jorisch,
  • BOOK, Augustus Richard Norton, 2000,weblink Council on Foreign Relations, Hizballah of Lebanon: Extremist Ideals vs. Mundane Politics, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20060720163202weblink">weblink 20 July 2006, Augustus Richard Norton,
  • BOOK, Augustus Richard Norton, 2007,weblink Hezbollah: A Short History, Princeton University Press, 978-0-691-13124-5, dead, Augustus Richard Norton,
  • BOOK, Qassem, Naim, Naim Qassem, Hizbullah: The Story from Within, Saqi Books, 2005, 978-0-86356-517-5,weblink
  • BOOK, Magnus Ranstorp, 1996, Hizb'Allah in Lebanon: The Politics of the Western Hostage Crisis, St. Martin's Press, 0-312-16491-2, Magnus Ranstorp,
  • BOOK, Amal Saad-Ghorayeb, 2001, Hizbullah: Politics and Religion, Pluto Press, 0-7453-1793-6, Amal Saad-Ghorayeb,
  • BOOK, Jamal Sankari, 2005, Fadlallah: The Making of a Radical Shi'ite Leader, Saqi Books, 0-86356-596-4, Jamal Sankari,


Articles
  • NEWS,weblink Inside Lebanese Hezbollah militia, Natalia Antelava, British Broadcasting Corporation, 2 June 2006, 24 July 2009,

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