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18th October 2017 – Quoted by Valentina Pasquali - Moneylaundering.com

Congolese Bank Accused of Violating US Sanctions Against Hezbollah

Yaya J. Fanusie

A Congolese bank’s handling of funds allegedly tied to a U.S.-blacklisted Lebanese-militia in apparent violation of U.S. sanctions highlights the need for global banks to effectively scrutinize their business relationships in high-risk regions, say sources. more...

12th October 2017 – The Jerusalem Post

Report: Hezbollah Militants Entered Germany Among Refugees

Benjamin Weinthal

Membership for Hezbollah and Hamas in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia has increased since the influx of refugees to the country. more...

11th October 2017 – The Cipher Brief

Hezbollah Calls the Shots in Iran’s Syria Policy

Tony Badran, Amir Toumaj

President Donald Trump is reportedly about to extend a terrorism designation to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in its entirety. The IRGC is both the dominant force inside Iran and the instrument through which the Islamic Republic projects power abroad. Operating throughout the region, the IRGC is deeply entrenched in Lebanon; the domain of Hezbollah. more...

10th October 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

State Department offers rewards for 2 Hezbollah leaders

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department announced today that it is offering rewards for information concerning the whereabouts of two senior Hezbollah operatives. One of the two, Talal Hamiyah, is the head of Hezbollah's External Security Organization, which oversees worldwide terrorist plots. The other, Fuad Shukr, "played a central role" in the Oct. 1983 Marine Barracks bombing in Beirut, Lebanon. That suicide bombing helped inspire a generation of Shiite and Sunni jihadists. more...

10th October 2017 – The National Interest

Hit Hezbollah in the Wallet

Yaya J. Fanusie, Alex Entz

From Latin America to Tehran, there are plenty of steps U.S. policymakers can take today. more...

8th October 2017 – Quoted by Mehdi Jedinia - VOA News

US Lawmakers Eye Tougher Sanctions Against Hezbollah

Yaya J. Fanusie

Members of the U.S. Congress are seeking new tools to stop the flow of cash to the militant group Hezbollah in hopes of reducing its ability to recruit, raise funds and carry out propaganda. more...

4th October 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Time to Designate Hezbollah as a Transnational Criminal Organization

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Intended to fight transnational organized crime, Executive Orders 13581 and 13773 lay out a clear policy that identifies the convergence between terror finance networks and transnational organized crime as a critical threat to our national security. Regardless, neither President Trump nor President Obama designated Hezbollah as a Transnational Criminal Organization (TCO). more...

4th October 2017 – Quoted by Bryant Harris - Al-Monitor

Congress takes aim at Lebanese politicians with Hezbollah bill Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com

Congress is moving ahead with a Hezbollah sanctions bill that targets the Iran-backed Shiite militia’s allies in government, sending shock waves across Lebanon’s political elite. more...

4th October 2017 – Quoted by Curt Mills - Newsweek

Is America on a Collision Course with Hezbollah?

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Jonathan Schanzer, Clifford D. May

The Paraguayan ambassador, German Rojas Irigoyen, looked visibly distressed following the Foundation for the Defense of the Democracies’ event on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. more...

3rd October 2017 – The Jerusalem Post

Despite Jewish Alarm, Britain Refuses To Outlaw Pro-Hezbollah Demonstration

Benjamin Weinthal

The annual al-Quds march promotes support for terrorism, yet the British government doesn't see any cause to call the questionable protest off. more...

3rd October 2017 – Quoted by Politico

House Foreign Affairs Leaders Talk Hezbollah with FDD

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and ranking Democrat Eliot Engel of New York discuss Hezbollah and Iran’s roles in global illicit networks at Foundation for Defense of Democracies forum at the Rayburn House Office Building. more...

30th September 2017 – Quoted by Paul Driessen - Townhall

Funding The Arts – or Hurricane Recovery

Clifford D. May

A couple of friends recently said it was terrible that some in Congress and the White House could even consider reducing National Endowment for the Arts funding. It’s a critical program, they feel, essential for the very survival of many community and even big-time theaters, orchestras and other arts programs. The thought of cutting this funding shows a low regard for this important component of civilized society. more...

29th September 2017 – Foreign Affairs

How Washington Can Counter the Rise of Hezbollah

Jonathan Schanzer, Orde Kittrie, Alex Entz

Hezbollah, the Lebanese militia and political party, is now the most powerful actor in Lebanon. Since 2006, Hezbollah’s last declared conflict with Israel, the group has amassed military hardware to rival that of a formal standing army and evolved into Lebanon’s most important political power broker. For those who view Hezbollah as a destabilizing force, with links both to terrorism and to Iran, the question is how best to counter this rise. more...

28th September 2017 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Yaya J. Fanusie

Yaya Fanusie, director of analysis at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance, joins the John Batchelor show to discuss Hezbollah’s successful global narco-terrorism activities. more...

27th September 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Preventing a “Fait Accompli” in Syria

Preventing a “Fait Accompli” in Syria

David Adesnik

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with representatives of 17 like-minded nations to discuss the future of Syria last week on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. Following the meeting, Ambassador David Satterfield, acting assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, said the U.S. and its partners were firmly opposed to “accepting a fait accompli” in which the Assad regime and its Iranian patrons consolidate their grip on Syria with the expected defeat of the Islamic State. more...

27th September 2017 – The Washington Times

Latin America’s socialist-Islamist-narco-terrorist alliance

Clifford D. May

At the U.N. last week, President Trump had harsh words for the “socialist dictatorship” that has impoverished Venezuela. He railed against “Islamist extremism” and “radical Islamic terrorism,” the former a supremacist ideology, the latter a weapon being used to mass-murder Muslims, Christians Yazidis, Jews and Hindus. He took note, too, of the threat posed by “international criminal networks” that “traffic drugs, weapons, people.” more...

25th September 2017 – Tablet Magazine

Unless It Is Changed, UNIFIL’s Mandate Makes It a Boon for Hezbollah

Tony Badran

Nikki Haley is right to insist the UN group in Lebanon undergo some big changes. more...

19th September 2017 – Quoted by Adam Abrams - JNS.org

IDF: Israel prepared to ‘neutralise’ Hezbollah with ‘overwhelming’ force in next war

Jonathan Schanzer

Despite the raging civil war to Israel’s north and east in Syria, the Jewish state’s northern border has remained precariously quiet over the last decade. more...

19th September 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Hezbollah publicizes commander’s role in defending Deir Ezzor city

Amir Toumaj

After pro-Syrian regime forces broke the siege of Deir Ezzor city this month, Lebanese Hezbollah media outlet Al Mayadeen released a rare interview with Hezbollah field commander “al Haj Abu Mustafa,” crediting the gray-bearded, southern Lebanese native with playing a key role in leading the defense against the Islamic State. more...

15th September 2017 – Quoted by Mosaic Magazine

The U.S. Can Best Restrain Hizballah by Pressuring Beirut

Tony Badran

While Hizballah might now be too involved in Syria to desire conflict with Israel, writes Tony Badran, it is only a matter of time before the organization decides to turn its attention southward. more...

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25th July 2016 - 9:15 AM

The Third Lebanon War

This summer marks 10 years since the Second Lebanon War—the longest war experienced by Israel since 1948—which left in its wake severe devastation on both sides of the border. The ceasefire under UN Security Resolution 1701 was broken by Hezbollah almost immediately after its implementation in August 2006. Since then, Hezbollah has been gradually but intensively building itself into a more lethal and dangerous force, with new weapons, training and financing from Iran.

13th May 2015 - 11:30 AM

Disputed Borders and the Struggle for Order: Addressing Security Threats in the Middle East

With continued Hezbollah activity emanating from Lebanon, Iran and the IRGC trying to set up a base of operations in the Golan Heights, the decline of the Assad regime in southern Syria, and rising tensions in the Sinai Peninsula, Israel's security situation has become increasingly complex and dangerous. What is the Israeli security outlook for the near and mid-term future?