Hezbollah Articles

Was the Head of Iran's IRGC Wounded in Syria?

3:06 PM, Nov 25, 2015

Sources in Beirut are confirming reports from various Middle East media outfits that Qassem Suleimani, the head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ expeditionary unit, was wounded in the fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo recently. Fighters from Hezbollah, according to sources close to the party of God, believe the Quds Force commander may be in a hospital in Tehran, or already dead.

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Congress Observed Moment of Silence for Hezbollah and Its Supporters

1:34 PM, Nov 19, 2015

Yesterday, members of Congress observed a moment of silence to commemorate casualties suffered by a community aligned with Bashar al-Assad in his exterminationist war against Syria’s Sunni Arab population.

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Iran Unleashed

Nov 09, 2015

Last week, the Obama White House moved to ensure Hezbollah’s ability to point 100,000 missiles at Israel. That’s not how they would describe it, of course. But it was the Obama administration—as U.S. officials are quietly letting on—and not Russia that invited Iran to participate in talks in Vienna to resolve the Syrian civil war. By doing so, the White House legitimized the Islamic Republic as a “stakeholder” whose interests in Syria must be respected.

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Putin in Syria

Sep 28, 2015

Even now with the Russians on the verge of combat operations in Syria, the White House still says it believes that they’re there to fight ISIS. John Kerry says that his Russian counterpart told him that the Russians are “only interested in fighting” the Islamic State. Other administration officials hold out hope for a grand U.S.-Russia coalition against ISIS. But that’s nonsense: Vladimir Putin landed troops in order to protect his investment in Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad.

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Trump Confuses Iran's Quds Forces and Kurds Fighting ISIS (Updated)

Accuses radio host of "gotcha questions."
6:15 PM, Sep 03, 2015

Radio host Hugh Hewitt interviewed Donald Trump Thursday and asked the Republican frontrunner some details on foreign policy. After Trump confused some terminology, he accused Hewitt of asking "gotcha questions."

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Lebanon's Garbage Politics

5:12 PM, Aug 25, 2015

Over the weekend, thousands of Lebanese took to the streets to protest against their country’s corrupt political culture.

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Report: Israel Airstrikes in Syria

Killing Samir Kuntar.
7:04 PM, Jul 29, 2015

Israeli media is reporting that an IAF strike on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights border

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Tom Cotton on the Obama-Iran Axis

9:20 AM, Jun 23, 2015

In response to yesterday’s Bloomberg View report that Iran’s forces and the United States share bases in Iraq, Senator Tom Cotton has issued a strong 

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The Kerr We Lost

2:45 PM, Jun 17, 2015

Immediately after the Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship Tuesday night with a 105-97 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, one of the commentators asked Golden State coach Steve Kerr who he was thinking about. “Lute Olson,” said Kerr, referring to the legendary University of Arizona coach whom Kerr played for in the mid-80s.

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How Hezbollah Sees the Iran Nuclear Deal: We Win, You Lose

Unfortunately, they're right.
2:37 PM, May 06, 2015

Last week, the Israeli Air Force struck a cache of long-range missiles belonging to Hezbollah and put the Shia militia on notice.

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The Enemy of My Enemy Is … What?

1:31 PM, Apr 20, 2015

Bill Roggio and Caleb Weiss, at longwarjournal.com, write that:

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Remember the Carter Doctrine

A better way forward in the Middle East.
Apr 20, 2015

The ouster of ISIS fighters from Tikrit, Saddam Hussein’s hometown, has been widely celebrated. Although this victory was brought about in no small part by American airpower, it was a triumph for Iran more than for the United States. The vast majority of fighters on the front lines belonged to Shiite militias, many of them trained, equipped, and advised by the Iranians. Their de facto commander is Gen. Qassem Suleimani, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’s Quds Force, which is charged with exporting the Iranian revolution.

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Ahead of Deal, Top Intel Organization Plays Down Iran's Sponsorship of Terrorism

8:01 AM, Mar 16, 2015

Sunday night, Stephen Hayes noted (via Twitter) a Times of Israel 

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Hard Times for Hezbollah

Is Iran’s Lebanese client losing its grip?
Feb 02, 2015

Last week Hezbollah buried one of its princes, Jihad Mughniyeh, the 22-year-old son of the late Imad Mughniyeh, a legendary Hezbollah commander implicated in such infamous operations as the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut. The assassination 

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Podcast: Iran's Goals Meet Hezbollah Resistance, but Where Is the West?

Hosted by Michael Graham.
4:30 PM, Jan 26, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior editor Lee Smith on his feature story "Hard Times for Hezbollah."

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Did Israel Sabotage Iran's Illicit Nuclear Facilities at Parchin?

11:10 AM, Oct 10, 2014

Experts continue to debate whether the explosion at an Iranian military base at Parchin earlier in the week was an act of sabotage.

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The Underground War on Israel

The tunnels of Hamas and Hezbollah.
Aug 04, 2014

During the first two weeks of the Gaza conflict, Hamas landed at least two significant punches. In firing missiles at Ben Gurion Airport, Hamas convinced the Federal Aviation Authority and European air carriers to temporarily suspend flights to Israel. The fact that relatively primitive rockets falling far short of their targets are nonetheless capable of at least briefly severing an advanced Western democracy with a leading tech economy from the rest of the world is a psychological blow.

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Failures Galore

Jun 02, 2014

Last month the president of the Syrian Opposition Coalition went to the White House. Ahmad Jarba and the Syrian rebels want American weapons, in particular the shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles that might neutralize Bashar al-Assad’s air force and stop it from dropping barrel bombs loaded with chlorine gas canisters. What Jarba got instead was a handshake and platitudes.

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If You Don’t Understand Our Commitment to Iran, You Don’t Understand Hezbollah

Talking to Matthew Levitt about his new book 'Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Party of God.'
1:19 PM, Feb 13, 2014

Six years ago Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh was assassinated when the headrest in his car was detonated in Damascus. While Israeli intelligence neither denies nor confirms its involvement, the Mossad is generally believed to have been responsible for his death. And yet there is no shortage of Western as well as Arab intelligence services that wanted Mughniyeh dead—including the CIA, whose station chief William Buckley Hezbollah abducted, tortured and killed in 1985. Moreover, Mughniyeh was responsible for the April 1983 bombing of the American embassy in Beirut that killed 17 Americans, and the Marines barracks bombing in October of that year that killed 244 American marines, sailors, soldiers and airmen. As founder and director of Hezbollah’s terrorism apparatus, Mughniyeh left a long wake of blood across the world. And even six years after his death, Mughniyeh’s legacy of terror lives on, as Hezbollah has recently plotted operations on several continents, including Europe, Asia and Africa.

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Imad Mughniyeh’s Legacy Six Years On

Why Hezbollah is fighting alongside Bashar al-Assad—and almost didn’t.
3:58 PM, Feb 12, 2014

Remember a few years ago when Iranian officials had to intervene to prevent Hezbollah gunmen from turning on their Syrian patrons? Few people do. Today, the "axis of resistance" is as strong as ever, with Iran and Hezbollah fully committed to fighting for the survival of Bashar al-Assad’s regime, despite battlefield losses and the political costs of siding with a brutal dictator who gasses and bombs his own people.

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Saad Hariri’s ‘Moderate Awakening’

An exclusive interview with Lebanon’s former prime minister on the eve of the trial against the four Hezbollah members who murdered his father.
12:20 PM, Jan 17, 2014

The Hague, Netherlands

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Lebanon Succumbs to the Regional Civil War

Bombing in Hezbollah stronghold.
2:18 PM, Jan 02, 2014

A car bomb detonated today in the southern suburbs of Beirut, a Hezbollah stronghold. So far, four are reported dead and over 50 have been injured. With rumors spreading that the bombing may have been the work of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, a Sunni jihadist group with ties to al Qaeda, it seems that this was the latest in a series of moves indicating that the regional conflict with Syria as its red-hot center is growing ever wider, now encompassing all the Levant, from Baghdad to Beirut. In the Lebanese capital alone, within a one-week span a former Sunni minister was assassinated, Saudi Arabia bought a $3 billion share of a national army heavily infiltrated by Hezbollah, and then today the Party of God was targeted on its home turf.

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Kerry Says 'No Daylight'

But interim deal with Iran puts the White House and its traditional Middle East allies in opposing camps.
2:52 PM, Nov 25, 2013

In the wake of the interim deal that the White House signed with Iran Saturday, Secretary of State John Kerry said on the Sunday talk shows that nothing has changed, not with the American position in the Middle East, or with the U.S. alliance system in the region. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is screaming his head off, but Israel has nothing to worry about says Kerry.

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The Secret History of Hezbollah

It was always an outpost of the Iranian revolution
Nov 25, 2013

Thirty years ago last month, Hezbollah blew up the barracks of the U.S Marines and French paratroopers stationed at the Beirut airport, killing 241 U.S. servicemen and 58 Frenchmen. It wasn’t Hezbollah’s first terrorist operation, but this attack, the most memorable in Lebanon’s vicious and chaotic 15-year-long civil war, marked the Party of God’s entry onto the world stage. 

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The Great Game

4:04 PM, Nov 15, 2013

The cartoon above is from the Great Game era in Central Asia, when the British and Russians were in a contest for places like Afghanistan and Iran. It's strongly (perhaps perversely) suggestive given current events.

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Local Syrian Proxies, Hezbollah Stooges

12:24 PM, Aug 26, 2013

Lebanese authorities have arrested two suspects affiliated with a pro-Syrian regime group in the bombing of two Sunni mosques in Tripoli on Friday. Forty-seven people were killed in the attack in the northern Lebanese city, likely retaliation for a bombing the previous week in the southern suburbs of Beirut, a Hezbollah stronghold, that killed another 27.

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Justice for Hezbollah

Jun 10, 2013

The Obama administration is heralding a conference later this month in Geneva where representatives of Bashar al-Assad’s regime will ostensibly sit down with the Syrian rebel forces opposing them. The effect will be to prop up Assad. Sen. John McCain, on the other hand, is committed to the Syrian people. We commend him for the courage he showed last week when he became the most senior American official to visit Syria since the shooting started, entering from the Turkish border.

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Hezbollah's Heavy Losses

After a week's worth of fighting in Syria, the Islamic resistance licks its wounds.
2:16 PM, May 24, 2013

For over a week now, the Syrian town of Qusayr in Homs Province has seen some of the heaviest fighting in the two-year conflict. The struggle for Qusayr, says besieged President Bashar al-Assad, “is the main battle” in all of Syria.

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Hezbollah Spreads

7:25 AM, Mar 16, 2013

Are we watching Hezbollah closely enough these days? Probably not. Given events in Syria and the Balkans, it appears that we’re in for a whole new set of problems to be presented by Iran’s favorite proxy.

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Hagel: Israel’s Nukes More of a Threat than Iran’s

12:26 PM, Feb 10, 2013

At a 2008 event to promote his then-recently published book, Chuck Hagel expresses more concern over Israel's nuclear weapons than Iran's and advocates the U.S. engage with Iran and Syria:

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