Analysis & Commentary


20th March 2016 - Foreign Affairs

The Iran Deal’s Bigger Loser

Jonathan Schanzer

The decision to fork over $100 billion in sanctions relief to Iran as part of last summer’s nuclear deal could be the worst thing that’s happened to the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah in years.

19th March 2016 - The National Interest

Iran’s Power Play in Lebanon

David Daoud

Lebanon defied its fellow Arab League members this week by rejecting a Saudi-sponsored vote labeling Hezbollah a terrorist organization. The move comes on the heels of Riyadh reversing its decades-long support for the Lebanese government by suspending a four-billion-dollar security-aid...

18th March 2016 - The Long War Journal

‘Hezbollah and Harakat al Nujaba are the twins of resistance,’ Iraqi militia spokesman says

Bill Roggio, David Daoud

An influential Iranian-backed Iraqi militia said that it and Hezbollah “are the twins of resistance that cannot ever be loosened or separated.”

18th March 2016 - Quoted by Teresa Welsh - US News and World Report

Why Lebanon Could Be the Next Middle East Hot Spot

Tony Badran

Saudi Arabia has made a gamble in its regional proxy war with longtime foe Iran by retreating from Lebanon, an arena where the two have long competed for influence.

10th March 2016 - Quoted by Sean Savage - JNS

Does the Syrian civil war make Hezbollah less or more of a threat to Israel?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The seemingly endless five-year-old Syrian civil war has presented Israel with a number of complex threats, including the rise of the Islamic State terror group. Yet most Israeli leaders believe that the Iranian-funded Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah remains by far the Jewish...

9th March 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Breaks With Arab States, Continues Backing Hezbollah

Jonathan Schanzer

Iranian leaders publicly broke ranks this week with major Arab Gulf nations in a series of statements criticizing these regional powers for formally designating Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

3rd March 2016 - Quoted by Mosaic Magazine

How Hizballah Maintains Its Grip on Lebanon

David Daoud

In December, a Lebanese journalist was able to interview two Hizballah fighters held captive by Nusra Front, a Syrian affiliate of al-Qaeda. David Daoud explains what this interview reveals about Hizballah’s influence in Lebanon and its current war in Syria:

2nd March 2016 - The National Interest

Joining Hezbollah: An Insider’s Account

David Daoud

In late December 2015, Lebanese journalist Carol Malouf held an in-depth interview with two Hezbollah captives of Jabhat al-Nusra. The interview appears to be the first of its kind: Hezbollah members speaking candidly about the group’s organization and methods.

2nd March 2016 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Gulf Arab states label Hezbollah a terrorist group

David Andrew Weinberg

The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council named Hezbollah a terrorist organization on Wednesday, opening up the possibility of further sanctions against the Iran-allied group that wields influence in Lebanon and fights in Syria.

27th February 2016 - The Long War Journal

Saudi Arabia targets alleged Hezbollah procurement agents

David Andrew Weinberg

Saudi Arabia imposed sanctions yesterday on three Lebanese nationals and four companies in Lebanon and China due to alleged connections to the terrorist group Hezbollah. All seven entities had been previously sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department in 2014 or 2015, accused of being...

25th February 2016 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Saudis pulling money from Lebanon is a sign the country is lost to Hezbollah

Tony Badran

The moves by Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies on Tuesday to warn their citizens against traveling to Lebanon and the Saudi decision last week to suspend $3 billion in aid to the Lebanese military is a sign the country has fallen squarely into Iran’s orbit.

18th February 2016 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon and Yaakov Lappin - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Why did Nasrallah focus on Israel when Hezbollah is busy in Syria?

Tony Badran

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah checked off all the boxes for harsh anti-Israel rhetoric during his speech, but his aim was to rally Shi’ite support behind him and even try to improve his group’s drab image in the Sunni Arab world.

5th February 2016 - The Long War Journal

Hezbollah tries to shift attention to the West Bank

David Daoud

Israeli security forces announced last week their dismantling of a five-man terror cell from the West Bank city of Tulkarem, jihadists who were recruited by Hezbollah’s secretive Unit 133. The men were instructed to gather intelligence information on Israel Defense Forces (IDF) training...

2nd February 2016 - Quoted by Bill Gertz and Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

U.S. Spots Russian Commandos in Syria

David Daoud, Boris Zilberman

Russian special operations troops are working covertly in Syria to support an array of Iranian-backed fighters, including members of the international terrorist group Hezbollah, U.S. defense officials and counterterror experts say.

19th January 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Western officials: Report that Russia is arming Hezbollah ‘an awkward attempt by Hezbollah to plant

Boris Zilberman

Western officials rejected a report that Russia is sending heavy weaponry to the US-designated terror organization Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Israeli news organization Y-Net reported last week.

6th January 2016 - The Long War Journal

Hezbollah Responds to Israeli Assassination of Commander

David Daoud

Two weeks after the assassination of its notorious member Samir Quntar, Hezbollah finally carried out its repeated threats to retaliate against Israel.

22nd December 2015 - The Long War Journal

Israeli Air Force Kills Notorious Hezbollah Commander In Syria

David Daoud

The Israeli Air Force reportedly carried out an airstrike in Syria that killed Samir Quntar, a notorious Hezbollah member, and nine others on Dec. 19. Quntar was likely a mid-level Hezbollah operative directing some of the group’s operations in southern Syria.

18th December 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Hezbollah Casts Shadow over Lebanon’s Presidential Vote

David Daoud

Lebanon was scheduled for presidential elections on Wednesday, but for the 32nd time in two years, parliament failed to achieve the necessary quorum to select a president.

17th December 2015 - The Long War Journal

Saudi Satellite Operator Drops Hezbollah Channel From Airwaves

Toby Dershowitz

Last week, Arabsat, the satellite operator majority-owned by Saudi Arabia, dropped Hezbollah’s television station from its broadcasts. Arabsat is the latest in a long list of satellite operators to drop the channel, Al-Manar, from its broadcasts.

3rd December 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Saudi Arabia Sanctions Hezbollah Officials

David Andrew Weinberg

Saudi Arabia’s state news wire announced sanctions last Thursday on twelve Hezbollah officials for alleged involvement in the group’s regional activities, particularly its military intervention on behalf of the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria.

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