Hezbollah


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Hezbollah

A Shi'a Muslim political party and paramilitary organization in Lebanon. Hezbollah was established in the 1980s in response to the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982. It operates a number of social services, though some countries regard it as a terrorist organization. It was responsible for the capture and killing of two Israeli soldiers in a cross-border raid, an incident that led to the 2006 Israel-Lebanon War. This war, and Hezbollah's response to it, increased the organization's popularity in Lebanon among Sunni Muslims, Christians and others.
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Speaking to The Daily Star on condition of anonymity, security sources said Abu Firas al-Jibba, a high-ranking Nusra commander in Syria's Qalamoun region, was killed along with three bodyguards in a Hezbollah ambush in Wadi al-Kheil on Arsal's outskirts.
Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act.
He further added, while the US, Europe and Arab countries failed to show due reactions to the outrageous crimes of the Zionist regime, Hezbollah immediately responded to the Israeli attacks and put them into a state of confusion.
He knows that if Hezbollah launches a disproportional attack against Israel or violate the "rules of engagement", Israel will pound Lebanon and risk the entire Syrian enterprise.
The Times of Israel reported Israel had sent messages through Russia to Hezbollah and the Islamic Republic stressing that it was not interested in an escalating conflict in the region.
In Beirut, a Lebanese source briefed on the situation told Reuters that Israel informed Hezbollah via UNIFIL "that it will make do with what happened yesterday and it does not want the battle to expand".
This theory is supported by the fact that when Israel pushed into Gaza in 2008, 2009 and 2010, Hezbollah offered nothing but rhetorical support, fearing an Israeli retaliation.
The US administration, in exchange, hopes that Syria will bite the bait it dangled before it so it can be neutralized in the likely event a mini civil war in Lebanon breaks out, or an Israeli attack on Hezbollah takes place.
Stressing a history of struggle against Israel, the 32-page document said Hezbollah had to remain alert and wary of Israel: "Israel represents a constant threat and an impending danger to Lebanon.
Hezbollah is an important political player in Lebanon.
Hajj Hassan told the AFP news agency that the meeting "means more EU overture towards Hezbollah, and one at a higher level.
Even as you read this essay, Hezbollah is likely rearming itself in preparation for a future confrontation with Israel.