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.

In Israeli Military, Guarded Optimism for 2017

While war will continue to rage in much of the region writ large, Israeli military forecasts for 2017 are cautiously optimistic that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) may get through the year that began Sunday without having to wage major combat operations. “The probability for war in 2017, generally speaking, is low,” a senior defense […]

Lebanon’s Hezbollah Says Now More Than Guerrilla Group

Lebanon’s Hezbollah has declared itself more than a guerilla movement after images emerged showing it staging a military parade in Syria, where it is fighting to bolster the regime. The images shared widely on social media provoked controversy in Lebanon, where the Shiite movement is a divisive force, as well as concern from Washington, which […]

Hezbollah to Stay in Syria Until ‘Apostate Project’ Defeated

Fighting returned to Syria’s Aleppo Sunday after a cease-fire to allow rebels and civilians to leave the city’s besieged eastern districts expired with no evacuations. As rebels and pro-government forces battled in the contested city’s southern countryside, a pro-opposition media outlet circulated footage of a powerful and hard-line Islamist rebel coalition announcing that the campaign […]

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 […]

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 […]