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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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Worth, "UN Says Somalis Helped Hizballah Fighters," The New York Times, 14 November 2006.
The responses of Israel and Hizballah to the outcome of their 34-day "war" in the summer of 2006 could not be more different.
Gemayel praised Hizballah for its role in ending the Israeli occupation, noted that the party has a sizable constituency and advocated engagement with it.
Lebanon should strengthen its overall efforts to disrupt and dismantle money laundering and terrorist financing activities, including those carried out by Hizballah.
On June 30, 2011, the STL delivered to Lebanon's Prosecutor General an indictment containing arrest warrants for four Hizballah members who are still at large.
Belying Hizballah s claim to be a domestic Lebanese resistance organization, its expansive global network seeks to extend its malign influence, and the influence of Hizballah s patron Iran, throughout the Middle East and beyond.
He added that accusing President Sleiman of seeking to extend his tenure was just to pave the way for them ( March 8) to reach vacuum, saying" Hizballah doesn't stand the presence of a state and a President keen on Lebanon's unity and sovereignty".
His fall would therefore deal a major blow to Tehran, significantly weaken Hizballah, and dismantle the trilateral axis--the forces that may dominate Syria in the future are unlikely to seek an alliance with actors that helped Assad butcher his people.
CAIR has steadfastly refused to denounce Hamas and Hizballah as terrorist groups.
The 2006 Israel-Hizballah war provided graphic proof about extensive Syrian arms shipments to Hizballah including both Syrian-made and foreign-made weapons.
Then, in March 2009, just weeks after the Administration nominated the first US ambassador to Damascus since the 2005 murder of former Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri, President Asad hosted Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmedinejad and Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah, and publicly mocked Secretary of State Clinton.
2000 - Hizballah and allies finally harried Israeli forces out of Lebanon - establishing another segment of Israel's defensible frontier, the old Lebanon-Palestine line, and demonstrating that the diarchy, invincible in conventional warfare, is vulnerable in asymmetric warfare.