Hezbollah, with backing and training from Iran, was established in southern Lebanon in 1982. Hezbollah was responsible for attacks against US targets in 1983, including the Marine Corps barracks bombing that killed 241. The group’s terrorist tactics prompted Israel to withdrawal from Southern Lebanon in 2000. However, Hezbollah maintains a state of hostility with Israel. The most recent conflict between Hezbollah and Israel was 2006.  The group possesses tens of thousands of rockets and missiles capable of targeting all of Israel’s major population centers Hezbollah conducts terrorist attacks on behalf of Iran around the world, including an attack in Bulgaria in 2012. More recently, it has fought in the Syrian civil war on the side of the Iranian-backed Assad regime.


Hezbollah Vows to Send More Fighters to Syria’s Aleppo

Hezbollah’s leader said on Friday that the Lebanese militant group will be sending more fighters to Syria’s Aleppo province, where pro-government forces are battling Syrian rebels on several fronts. Hassan Nasrallah made the pledge despite heavy losses the Shiite group has incurred in fighting along Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces in the war-wrecked Aleppo province […]

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Israeli General Says Syria Has Resumed Weapons Production for Hezbollah

Syria has resumed industrial production of weapons for Hizbullah, Major General Herzi Halevi, the head of Israeli Military Intelligence, said on 15 June. Speaking at the annual Herzliya Conference, Maj Gen Halevi added that when combined with Iranian weapons trafficking to Hizbullah, the resumption of Syrian production could ignite another war, warning that Israel “nor […]


In Blow to Hezbollah, Senior Commander Killed in Syria

Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia announced Friday that its top military commander in the Syrian civil war died in a mysterious blast in Damascus, dealing a major blow to the powerful Iranian-backed group. The killing of Mustafa Badreddine, 55, comes as Hezbollah struggles to balance combatting its traditional nemesis, Israel, with its costly intervention in the Syrian […]


Israel Urges Russia To Tighten Coordination Ties in Syria

Israel’s prime minister urged Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday to further strengthen preventive safety measures between their respective military forces operating in Syria. “I have come here with the sole concrete objective of strengthening the coordination between our countries in the security area, so as to avoid mistakes, misunderstandings or incidents,” Prime Minister Benjamin […]


Israel to Russia: Don’t Let Syria Pullout Boost Iran, Hezbollah

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin will ask Russia on Wednesday to ensure that its partial pullout from Syria does not embolden Iranian and Hezbollah forces there, an Israeli official said. Rivlin is in Moscow to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose withdrawal announcement on Monday blindsided world powers. Israel believes the Russian intervention in Syria’s civil […]


Hezbollah’s Strategy in Syria Won’t Help Against Israel

Over the last three years of the Syrian Civil War, Hezbollah has increasingly operated as a regular army rather than in its traditional, decades-long role as a guerrilla force. The Shiite group has operated Syrian tanks and artillery, jeeps with recoilless rifles, and is even rumored to have acquired its own 75-tank armored brigade. As […]


The Mideast’s Precision Guided Arms Race

Precision guided munitions (PGMs) encompass a growing range of bombs and missiles designed to destroy targets on land, at sea, or in the air. While platforms like fighters, armored vehicles, and warships often receive more attention, their lethality is almost negligible if not bolstered by advanced munitions. With minor updates, today’s PGMs allow even older […]


Tracker: Israeli Strikes in Syria

As the Syrian Civil War rages, Israel has conducted a number of sporadic strikes inside the war-torn country.  These strikes are to enforce Israel’s so-called “red line” in Syria, which includes transfers of sophisticated weapon systems to Hezbollah in Lebanon and threats along its border. View the full screen map here.


Russian Forces Shield Hezbollah’s Arms Supply From Israeli Strikes

The sudden appearance of Russian forces in Syria in recent weeks is raising concerns about inadvertent conflicts with the U.S.-led coalition. But while much of the spotlight may be on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s bid to prop up the Assad regime and the escalating diplomatic tensions with Washington, Russia’s gambit presents a challenge for another […]


An Edge in the Desert

Weapons are pouring into the Middle East at an unprecedented rate. The Pentagon recently announced that it would sell six tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft to Israel for $1.3 billion, American hardware (including Apache helicopters) is being rushed to the Iraqi government to help in its battle against al Qaeda, and Washington has also restored military aid to Egypt after a brief hiatus. But Uncle […]


Russian Yakhont Missiles in Hezbollah’s Hands

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that US officials believe the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah is receiving advanced guided-missiles from Syria despite efforts by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to take them out. If true, this could severely hinder Israel’s ability to operate against the Shiite group in the future. US officials, according to the […]

H.R. 1130, the Iron Dome Support Act

H.R. 1130, the Iron Dome Support Act, was introduced on March 13, 2013. This bill commends Israel’s use of the Iron Dome to avert escalating tension in the Middle East, as well as its high success rate. The bill acknowledges that the State of Israel remains under constant threat from missiles, rockets, and mortar shells from Hamas and Hezbollah.

This legislation will explicitly include Hamas and Hezbollah as non-state actors threatening Israel’s qualitative military edge. As a result:

The United States remains committed to Israel’s qualitative military edge, including its advantage over non-state actors such as Hezbollah and Hamas, which boast increasingly sophisticated and powerful weapons as a result of support from Iran, Syria, and other state actors.”

The Iron Dome Support Act commends Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile defense system’s impressive success rate in preventing massive Israeli civilian casualties, while also recognizing the system’s role in averting an escalation of Israeli operations during Operation Pillar of Defense. This bill, with Congressional and Senate approval, will affirm:

“The President, acting through the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of State, is authorized to provide assistance, upon request by the Government of Israel, for the procurement, maintenance, enhancement, and sustainment of the Iron Dome defense system for purposes of intercepting short-range and medium-range rockets, missiles, and projectiles launched against Israel.”