35 Facts About Hezbollah

1. On October 2010, Hezbollah conducted a drill simulating a takeover of Lebanon—an operation which it threatened was to be carried out in the event that the international tribunal for the assassination of Hariri indicts Hezbollah.

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2. In 2009, Hezbollah apprehended Marwan Faqih, a garage owner who installed tracking devices in Hezbollah-owned vehicles.

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3. On October 2010, Hezbollah conducted a drill simulating a takeover of Lebanon—an operation which it threatened was to be carried out in the event that the international tribunal for the assassination of Hariri indicts Hezbollah.

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4. On October 2010, Hezbollah conducted a drill simulating a takeover of Lebanon—an operation which it threatened was to be carried out in the event that the international tribunal for the assassination of Hariri indicts Hezbollah.

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5. On October 2010, Hezbollah conducted a drill simulating a takeover of Lebanon—an operation which it threatened was to be carried out in the event that the international tribunal for the assassination of Hariri indicts Hezbollah.

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6. In January 2000, Hezbollah assassinated the commander of the South Lebanon Army's Western Brigade, Colonel Aql Hashem, at his home in the security zone.

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7. On October 2010, Hezbollah conducted a drill simulating a takeover of Lebanon—an operation which it threatened was to be carried out in the event that the international tribunal for the assassination of Hariri indicts Hezbollah.

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8. On October 2010, Hezbollah conducted a drill simulating a takeover of Lebanon—an operation which it threatened was to be carried out in the event that the international tribunal for the assassination of Hariri indicts Hezbollah.

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9. On that day, Hezbollah deployed a new rocket, the Khaibar-1, which hit Afula.

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10. In 2009, Hezbollah was under pressure from the international community, via accusations of terrorism worldwide and political assassinations in Lebanon.

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11. In 1994, Hezbollah carried out the suicide truck bombing of the AMIA Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires, killing 85 and wounding 300 people.

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12. In 1985, Hezbollah officially announced its establishment by publishing an "open letter" that identified the US and the Soviet Union as Islam's principal enemies and called for the "obliteration" of Israel, which it said was occupying Muslim lands.

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13. At the behest of its patron, Iran, Hezbollah forces joined the fight to keep Assad in power.

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14. At the end of that year Hezbollah began to dialog with Lebanese Christians.

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15. In 1992, under pressure from Syria, Hezbollah agreed to participate in the 1992 elections.

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16. On June 23, 2004, another allegedly Hezbollah-funded suicide bombing attack was foiled by the Israeli security forces.

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17. On January 25, 2004, Hezbollah successfully negotiated an exchange of prisoners with Israel, through German mediators.

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18. On October 16, 2000, Hezbollah announced the kidnapping of Elchanan Tannenbaum, an Israeli businessman.

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19. In 2011, two suspected members of Hezbollah were indicted in the 2005 Beirut bombing that killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 22 others.

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20. As an incentive to former rebels, Hezbollah allegedly pays a monthly salary of $250 and guarantees protection against arrest by the Syrian army.

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21. In 2005, Hezbollah won 23 seats, claiming a massive victory in southern Lebanon.

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22. In 2012, Hezbollah pledged to defend Iran against any attack by the United States or Israel.

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23. Throughout the 1980s Hezbollah engaged in increasingly sophisticated attacks against Israel and fought in Lebanon's civil war, repeatedly coming to blows with Amal.

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24. Since the end of the Lebanese Civil War, Hezbollah has merged into the mainstream and wide-ranging political movement.

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25. In this fractured nation, Hezbollah continued to operate as a militia, and in places was the only form of defense against Israeli attacks in south Lebanon.

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26. In 2006, Hezbollah was regarded as a legitimate resistance movement throughout most of the Arab and Muslim world.

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27. In 2018, Infobae reported that Hezbollah was operating in Colombia under the name Organization of External Security.

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28. In 2002, Hezbollah was operating openly in Ciudad del Este.

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29. On 25 May 2013, Nasrallah announced that Hezbollah is fighting in the Syrian Civil War against Islamic extremists and "pledged that his group will not allow Syrian militants to control areas that border Lebanon".

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30. Since then both Israel and Hezbollah have asserted that the organization has gained in military strength.

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31. In the mid-1990s, Hezbollah was able to "download unencrypted video feeds from Israeli drones", and Israeli SIGINT efforts intensified after the 2000 withdrawal from Lebanon.

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32. In 1997 Hezbollah formed the multi-confessional Lebanese Brigades to Fighting the Israeli Occupation in an attempt to revive national and secular resistance against Israel, thereby marking the "Lebanonisation" of resistance.

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33. At the end of that year, Hezbollah began to engage in dialog with Lebanese Christians.

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34. In 1992 Hezbollah decided to participate in elections, and Ali Khamenei, supreme leader of Iran, endorsed it.

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35. President Trump signs sanctions against Hezbollah into law to disrupt their operations.

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