Hezbollah

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.

Lebanese President Michael Aoun Reaches Out to Saudi Arabia in Search of Aid

Lebanon’s new Hezbollah-supported president is courting Saudi Arabia in an effort to restore billions in military aid, a delicate task as his country grows closer to Iran, the kingdom’s main rival for Middle East power. Michel Aoun’s country has for years been a political battleground in the regional struggle between Iran, the backer of the […]

Israel Mulls Acquisition of Hundreds of Missiles for Possible Lebanon Conflict

Defense officials are looking into acquiring hundreds of missiles and precision rockets that could destroy targets during a confrontation with forces inside Lebanon. The focus of their interest is a pair of developments – IMI Systems’ Extra rocket and Israel Aerospace Industries’ LORA surface-to-surface missile. The Artillery Corps currently uses the Romach artillery rocket system, […]

French Foreign Minister Says Conditions Favorable to Supply Weapons to Lebanese Army

Conditions to implement a multi-billion dollar contract to supply Saudi-financed French weapons to Lebanon are now favorable after the formation of a new government in Beirut, France’s foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on Thursday. Speaking in the Lebanese capital after meeting President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, Ayrault said it was also more […]

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 […]

Russia Is Arming Hezbollah, Say Two of the Group’s Field Commanders

Lebanese Hezbollah field commanders with troops fighting in Syria tell The Daily Beast they are receiving heavy weapons directly from Russia with no strings attached. The commanders say there is a relationship of complete coordination between the Assad regime in Damascus, Iran, Hezbollah, and Russia. At the same time they say the direct interdependence between […]

Israel Raises Hezbollah Rocket Estimate to 150,000

Israeli officials believe that the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah has amassed around 150,000 rockets, including a number of long range Iranian-made missiles capable of striking Israeli cities from north to south. The estimates represent a 50 percent increase in the group’s weapons stockpiles since May, when a senior Israeli intelligence official put the number at […]