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The prevelant perception of Hizbullah in the "west" is of a militant, armed terrorist organization bent on abduction and murder. While the initial years of its emergence as a political movement in Lebanon were turbulent and controvertial, The Party of God has matured to become an important and pivotal force in Middle East politics in general and Lebanese society in particular. Hizbullah has its immediate historic roots in the social uprising of the Lebanese Shia community in the late 1960's and early 70's that took its inspiration from the charismatic Imam Musa Sadr who "disappeared" in Libya in 1978.



Sadr's Movement of the Deprived (Harakat al- Mahrumin) with it's military wing and present-day political party, Amal soon became mired in the convolutions of Lebanese politics and the 15-year civil war. The Israeli invasion of 1982 provided the catalyst for Shiite radicalism. Hizbullah emerged with the aim of expelling the occupants and alleviating the social sufferings of the Shia community.


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Washington's strong stance against the actions of Hezbollah has filtered into the Lebanese diaspora that supports the group,. you've reached a subscriber-only article. Sign up now and access the full breadth of The Daily Star content in minutes. subscribe now unrestricted access 1 month...$12 | 3 months.
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The upcoming Lebanese elections scheduled for next month could lead to the formation of a “Hezbollah government,” a political scientist told Agence France-Presse in a report published Wednesday. The elections would be the first since 2009 and would be held according to Lebanon's new election law ...
But first, the White House has to show that it is prepared to take the lead by designating Hezbollah, a political and militant organization based in Lebanon, as a Transnational Criminal Organization under U.S. law. For a brief moment at the beginning of this year, reviving the pursuit of Hezbollah in Latin ...
Just a few kilometers away from the border, where Israel is in the process of erecting a hotly disputed wall to separate itself from the Hezbollah-controlled south, a local official and brigade leader in the Iranian-backed Shia militant group smoked a slim cigarette as he discussed the prospect of yet another ...
Hezbollah needs representation in Parliament and Cabinet in order to defend the resistance, the group's leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said Monday night ahead of May's parliamentary elections. you've reached a subscriber-only article. Sign up now and access the full breadth of The Daily Star content in ...

Member of Loyalty to Resistance parliamentary bloc, Sayyed Nawwaf Al-Mousawi, blasted the political rhetoric which utilizes the electoral event to distort the image of the Resistance, stressing that such a speech condemns who adopts it, not the addressee. Sayyed Al-Mousawi noted that huge amounts of ...
Hezbollah - from the original Arabic term meaning “Party of God”, which can also be transliterated as “Hizbullah” or “Hizballah” – is an Iranian-backed Shiite militia group that was established in the early 1980s. It was initially formed to drive foreign forces out of Lebanon and its bombing of French and ...
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In a recent interview with the Lebanese publication Al Akhbar, Abdel Malek al Houthi, the leader of Yemen's Iranian-backed Houthi insurgent group, again promised his forces would fight alongside Hezbollah in a future conflict with Israel in Lebanon. “If there is a new war with Israel, we will not hesitate to ...
Hezbollah Media Relations Department announced on Friday that an electoral alliance has been formed with the Amal Movement, Free Patriotic Movement and the Lebanese Democratic Party in Baabda, announcing forming the “National Accord” list which includes the parliamentary candidates: Ali Ammar ...
The leader of Yemen's Houthi rebels has warned that his fighters would unite with Hezbollah against Israel if a war erupted in Lebanon or Palestine. Abdul Malik al-Houthi told the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar on Friday that "our announcement that we are prepared to send fighters in any Israeli war ...
US sources said that the German government is hampering the European approval of a major US demand to designate the militias of the Lebanese Hezbollah Party, not just its military wing, as a terrorist organization, as part of the talks to amend the Iranian nuclear deal. Two sources familiar with the US ...
What began seven years ago as an uprising against the Assad regime has become a regional proxy war. Now there is talk of another war in the offing, one between Hezbollah and Israel. What would that look like, and how would it differ from the 2006 conflict? Special correspondent Jane Ferguson joins ...
This statement has attracted the attention of the US administration, which attempts to justify keeping its forces in Iraq using a few schemes. The US creates new terrorist grouplets to justify the continued deployment of its forces in Iraq," a Hezbollah spokesperson said. The statement came a few days after the ...
However, it does not mean that Washington is about to reduce pressure on Hezbollah outside Lebanon, including militarily in Syria and Yemen. From the Israeli side, declarations that it will not accept the presence of Iranian bases in Syria are being coupled with speculation that the Israelis are planning a ...
Syria is facing a new turn in its civil war, and Hezbollah militants haven't shown this much anticipation at the possibility of a conflict with Israel since the beginning of the Syrian revolution in 2011. “We are very ready for the possibility of a war breaking out, and it will be unlike any other,” said Ahmad, ...

During a joint news conference on February 4 in Buenos Aires with Argentina's Minister of Foreign Affairs Jorge Faurie, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson pledged to combat Hezbollah's fundraising in Latin America, which is used to finance its terrorist operations. This indicates that U.S. intelligence and ...
Sidling down the mean streets of Syria with his rifle, he picks off his enemies relentlessly: Ahmed is the hero of the video game Lebanon's Hezbollah movement launched on Wednesday. The Shiite armed group held a ceremony and news conference in Beirut to unveil the latest production of its electronic ...
The IDF foresees a threat underground as well, assuming Hezbollah has tunnels in Lebanon not necessarily to infiltrate Israel but to store weapons and shelter fighters. Another problem is that this time fighting in the north could mean on the Syrian border as well. A front could also open up in Gaza in the ...
THERE is a group that was described by a senior US security official 15 years ago as the “A-Team of terrorists” and has only gone from strength to strength in the years since then. This group perpetrates violent acts against civilians, calls for mass murder and, by its own admission, doesn't differentiate ...
For a brief moment, the secretary of State appeared ready to challenge the status quo. But it was not meant to be. On a whirlwind tour of the Middle East this month, it seemed that Secretary Tillerson's every word faced critical parsing back home. In the region, on the hand, things went according to plans, ...
Another war between Israel and Hezbollah is almost inevitable. Although neither side wants a conflict now, the shifting balance of power in the Levant and shrinking areas of contestation are indicators of a looming showdown. The real questions are how and where—not if—the impending conflagration will ...
Hassan Nasrallah, the head of the Iranian-backed movement Hezbollah, urged Lebanon's government Friday to stand firm against Israel, with force if necessary, to assert access to an anticipated energy windfall. Lebanon, Israel and Cyprus skirt the Levant Basin in the eastern Mediterranean, where big ...
He urged Lebanese leaders to uphold Lebanon's commitment to disassociating itself from foreign conflicts. "The international community expects all parties in Lebanon to fulfill this commitment, including Hezbollah, which should withdraw and cease its activities abroad in order to help reduce tensions in the ...
Sidling down the mean streets of Syria with his rifle, he picks off his enemies: Ahmed is the hero of the video game, and hi-tech recruiting tool, launched by Hezbollah on Wednesday. The Lebanese Shiite armed group held a ceremony and news conference in Beirut Wednesday to unveil the latest ...
A new video game has allowed players to join Lebanese Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah in its battle against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) in Syria and Lebanon. Dar al-Manar, a project of Hezbollah-affiliated Lebanese media outlet Al-Manar, published a trailer for its new title Holy Defense on ...
Houthi prisoners said the movement members were trained by Hezbollah experts before they were dispatched to the different fighting fronts. ... a Houthi prisoner identified as Zakaria Mohammed Awda said he and dozens others were trained in Shawaba in Sanaa by Hezbollah experts around two months ...
THERE is a group that was described by a senior US security official 15 years ago as the “A-Team of terrorists” and has only gone from strength to strength in the years since then. This group perpetrates violent acts against civilians, calls for mass murder and, by its own admission, doesn't differentiate ...
The IDF foresees a threat underground as well, assuming Hezbollah has tunnels in Lebanon not necessarily to infiltrate Israel but to store weapons and shelter fighters. Another problem is that this time fighting in the north could mean on the Syrian border as well. A front could also open up in Gaza in the ...
Sidling down the mean streets of Syria with his rifle, he picks off his enemies relentlessly: Ahmed is the hero of the video game Lebanon's Hezbollah movement launched on Wednesday. The Shiite armed group held a ceremony and news conference in Beirut to unveil the latest production of its electronic ...
For a brief moment, the secretary of State appeared ready to challenge the status quo. But it was not meant to be. On a whirlwind tour of the Middle East this month, it seemed that Secretary Tillerson's every word faced critical parsing back home. In the region, on the hand, things went according to plans, ...
Iran is using a “Hezbollah model” of building and arming militias in neighbouring Arab countries to create weak states that are effectively brought under Tehran's control, the US National Security Adviser warned on Saturday. In a call to action, HR McMaster told an audience of senior security officials in ...
A US federal grand jury indicted three Lebanese men on charges of illegally exporting drone parts from the US to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, the US Justice Department announced Friday. The US Attorney's office for Minnesota said two of the suspects - Usama Hamade, 53, and his brother, ...
Since the 2006 war, when Hizbullah (phonetically spelled 'Hezbollah' in the west) successfully defended the country from a third Israeli invasion of its southern border, much about the rise of .... Of particular interest to Hizbollah was Samim Al Kintar who had been arrested and in an Israeli prison since 1975.
The recent military clashes between Israeli, Iranian and Syrian forces have injected new volatility into an already explosive Middle East, increasing the likelihood of miscalculation and escalatory military action across the region. As the Syrian civil war grinds on, the pressing concern is not an all-out war ...
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Wednesday ruled out an alliance with Hezbollah for the parliamentary elections set for May. "We are not a movement that accepts people put themselves into a racist and sectarian box, lock it and then throw the key away," Hariri said, dismissing an alliance with ...
Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Quds Force, the extraterritorial wing of the Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), threatened Thursday to “wipe out” the State of Israel on the tenth anniversary of the assassination of Hezbollah terror chief Imad Mughniyeh, The Times of Israel reported.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with key allies of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group on Thursday, during a brief stopover in Beirut as part of a regional trip. The visit comes amid a growing dispute between Lebanon and its southern neighbor, Israel, over oil and gas reserves, and Israel's ...
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday delivered a warning to Lebanon's leaders about Hezbollah, saying the Shiite Muslim movement's growing ... Speaking at news conference in Beirut with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, whose coalition government includes Hezbollah members, Tillerson ...
He urged Lebanese leaders to uphold Lebanon's commitment to disassociating itself from foreign conflicts. "The international community expects all parties in Lebanon to fulfill this commitment, including Hezbollah, which should withdraw and cease its activities abroad in order to help reduce tensions in the ...
Beirut: The head of the powerful Iraqi militia Harakat Al Nujaba pledged on Tuesday to stand alongside its Lebanese ally Hezbollah if a new war breaks out with Israel. Harakat Al Nujaba and Hezbollah have fought side-by-side to bolster Syrian government troops since 2013, most prominently against ...
(JTA) — Hezbollah called the downing of an Israeli F-16 fighter plane the start of a “new strategic phase” in which Israel would no longer operate freely in Syrian airspace. In a statement Saturday, the Shi'ite terrorist group praised the “alertness of the Syrian army, which downed the plane,” saying this marks ...
The Syrian war has entered a new stage with the regime of Bashar al-Assad gaining the upper hand. Israel, no longer content to remain a bystander as Damascus's position improves, is now jockeying to reverse the deterioration of its strategic posture. In this endeavor it has formidable obstacles to ...
WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a simple, straightforward message this week when he toured Israel's border with Syria and Lebanon with top security officials. “Our face is turned toward peace, we are ready for any eventuality, and I don't suggest anyone test us,” he ...
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Hezbollah on Wednesday maintained that the statements made by the Zionist war minister Avigdor Lieberman reflect the Israeli greed for seizing Lebanon resources, adding that they come in the context of enemy's continuous aggression on the Lebanese sovereignty and legitimate rights. In a statement ...
The US has promised it will continue to support Lebanon's military after Israel said the force was indistinguishable from Hezbollah, and so fair game in any future war. The Lebanese army was a potential counterweight to the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia, a former US ambassador said. It was a very ...
The Israel Defense Forces' chief of staff has added to the chorus of voices warning about Hezbollah's attempts to arm itself with precision missiles produced in Lebanon. “The Hezbollah terror organization is violating the UN Security Council resolutions, maintaining a military presence in the region, ...
An expose in Politico by Josh Meyer entitled “The secret backstory of how the Obama administration let Hezbollah off the hook” makes a damning charge: “In its determination to secure a nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration derailed an ambitious law enforcement campaign targeting drug ...


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