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19th July 2016 – Quoted by Barbara Opall-Rome - Defense News

Iran Deploys Hezbollah-Trained Afghan Sniper Brigade in Syria

Amir Toumaj

An Israeli intelligence source confirmed Monday that a new unit of Afghan snipers trained by Lebanese-based Hezbollah and financed by Iran is now operating beyond its northern border on behalf of Syrian President Bashar Assad. more...

18th July 2016 – FDD Press

The Third Lebanon War

Tony Badran, Jonathan Schanzer, David Daoud

In August 2015, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) released its first-ever public strategy paper, highlighting the complex challenges to Israel’s national security. Notably, it was not Iran’s nuclear program nor its ballistic missile development that ranked as the greatest threats to Israel, but rather its regional clients and proxies. Chief among those was the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah. One year later that assessment still held, with IDF Chief of Staff Lt. General Gadi Eizenkot declaring that Hezbollah was the IDF’s “main enemy,” posing “the most serious threat to Israel.” more...

14th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Lebanese Hezbollah training special Afghan Fatemiyoun forces for combat in Syria

Amir Toumaj

Established by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to fight in the Syrian Civil War on behalf of Bashar Assad’s government, the Afghan Fatemiyoun Division is comprised of Afghan Shias primarily recruited from the diaspora in Iran, and some from Afghanistan. The Fatemiyoun’s call to jihad is to defend Shia shrines in Syria, particularly the Sayyida Zaynab mosque in Damascus. They are thus referred to as “defenders of the shrine.” more...

12th July 2016 – Quoted by Josh Wood - The National

Hizbollah sanctions back Lebanon’s banks into a corner

Jonathan Schanzer

When a bomb went off during iftar, residents in Beirut feared a return of the familiar. Was it another suicide bomber from ISIL or Al Qaeda bent on killing innocent civilians, or the assassination of a Lebanese politician? more...

12th July 2016 – Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Reflections on the Second Lebanon War

Tony Badran

What a week for anniversaries! Thursday we'll be celebrating the first year of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. more...

12th July 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

10 Years After Second Lebanon War, Israel Concerned Next Round Will Be Far Worse

Tony Badran

On the ten-year anniversary of the beginning of the Second Lebanon War, Israeli officials continued to warn that any future conflict with Hezbollah will result in unprecedented damage to the group. more...

7th July 2016 – Quoted by Vijeta Uniyal - Legal Insurrection

Terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah find safe haven in Germany

Benjamin Weinthal

According to a latest intelligence report, Germany harbours an alarmingly large number of Islamic terror operatives on its soil. Germany is home to about 300 Hamas and 950 Hezbollah members, the annual report of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency — the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) — reveals. more...

6th July 2016 – Quoted by Raymond Tanter - Foreign Policy

Iran and its Protégées

Tony Badran, Jonathan Schanzer

What if we understood al Qaeda and the Islamic State as protégées of Iran, rather than merely its rivals? more...

3rd July 2016 – The Jerusalem Post

Germany harbors 300 Hamas, 950 Hezbollah members and activists

Benjamin Weinthal

Some 300 Hamas members and supporters – as well as 950 Hezbollah activists and members – are operating in Germany, the country’s domestic intelligence agency said in its annual federal report, the same numbers as were listed in its 2013 and 2014 reports. more...

17th June 2016 – The Long War Journal

Hezbollah issued veiled warning hours prior to Beirut bank bombing

David Daoud

A bomb blast exploded in Beirut’s Verdun neighborhood on Sunday, outside of the headquarters of the Banque du Liban et d’Outre-Mer (BLOM). No fatalities were reported from the attack, but two people suffered minor injuries. Commenting on the bombing, Lebanon’s Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said that “it is clear that the target was BLOM Bank only.” more...

14th June 2016 – Quoted by Donna Abu-Nasr - Bloomberg

In War and Now Finance, Losses Mount for Iranian Ally Hezbollah

Jonathan Schanzer

Iran may be emerging from the grip of western sanctions, but one of the most formidable militant groups it funds is paying the price. more...

13th June 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Hezbollah’s Incendiary Threat to Lebanon’s Banks

Tony Badran

On Sunday night, a bomb detonated outside the Banque du Liban et d’Outre-Mer (BLOM), in the Verdun neighborhood of Beirut. more...

13th June 2016 – The Jerusalem Post

Should there be a new push to outlaw all of Hezbollah in the EU?

Benjamin Weinthal

A US Congress hearing on Wednesday spotlighted Hezbollah's role in an international narcotic trafficking operation that enables the Lebanese Shi'ite group to advance its terrorist goals. more...

8th June 2016 – Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Hezbollah moving ‘tons of cocaine’ in Latin America, Europe to finance terror operations

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Hezbollah’s terrorism finance operations are thriving across Latin America months after the Drug Enforcement Administration linked the Iran-backed Lebanese militant group to drug cartels in the region, U.S. lawmakers were told Wednesday. more...

2nd June 2016 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for research Jonathan Schanzer discusses his recent article, Putting Hezbollah 'Out of Business' more...

1st June 2016 – The Washington Times

Putting Hezbollah ‘out of business’

Jonathan Schanzer

“After many years of sanctions targeting Hezbollah, today the group is in its worst financial shape in decades,” stated Adam Szubin, the acting Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence before a congressional hearing last week. “And I can assure you that, alongside our international partners, we are working hard to put them out of business.” more...

25th May 2016 – NOW Lebanon

Hezbollah doesn’t want a President – Because it doesn’t want a Lebanese Republic

David Daoud

Hezbollah appears to have switched loyalties in Lebanon’s never-ending presidential race. Despite maintaining long-standing support for the candidacy of the pro-Syrian former general Michel Aoun, the Shiite movement is reportedly now backing his rival for the post, Sleiman Frangieh. more...

25th May 2016 – Quoted by Gareth Smyth - The Guardian

‘A kind of death’: life on the US Treasury blacklist

Tony Badran, Matthew Levitt

Put aside any image of a global terrorist in an Afghan cave or an armed camp in Pakistan’s tribal areas. more...

25th May 2016 – The National Interest

Iran and Hezbollah Avoid Blaming Israel for Terrorist Commander’s Death

David Daoud, Amir Toumaj

Mustafa Badreddine, the head of Hezbollah’s military operations in Syria, was recently killed in an explosion near Damascus International Airport. more...

19th May 2016 – Quoted by Mosaic Magazine

A Terrorist Mastermind’s Career Comes to an End

Clifford D. May

Last week, one of Hizballah’s highest-ranking military commanders, Mustafa Badreddine, was killed in Damascus under mysterious circumstances. 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?