An initiative started by Iranian revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Quds Day is held annually on the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan and calls for Jerusalem to be returned to the Palestinians.
Making the World a Safer Place Hezbollah Members of Lebanon's militant Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah stand on a pick-up truck mounted with a multiple rocket launcher as they take part in a parade in the southern city of Nabatiyeh on November 7,to mark the 13th day of Ashura, where believers mourn the killing of the Prophet Mohammed's grandson, Imam Hussein, during the battle of Karbala in central Iraq in the seventh century.
Hezbollah is a Shiite Muslim political party and militant group that the United States and European Union consider a terrorist organization. Hezbollah has also played a key role in the Syrian conflict by supporting the Assad regime.
Hezbollah receives significant support from Iran, and has a growing arsenal that may be unmatched by any non-state actor.
How Hezbollah affects the Region: Multiple reports have estimated that Hezbollah had more than ,00 rockets and missiles inand intelligence suggest that the group has more thanrockets as of July This gives Hezbollah the ability to further destabilize an already volatile region.Lebanon-based Hezbollah, a declared foe of Israel, supposedly possesses over , rockets, some of which have ranges long enough to hit anywhere within the country.
However, the official said that 90 percent of the rockets are short-range, putting Israeli communities close to the Israel-Lebanon border in the most danger.
The indictment of a Lebanese man accused of running a money laundering and drug trafficking ring for Hezbollah in Colombia has sparked fresh concerns about the Islamic militia group’s connections to organized crime in Latin America, but this may be an overreaction.
Hezbollah and Iran have accumulated a substantial amount of weapons and fighters in Syria that pose a threat to the United States and its allies in the region. In response, Israel has conducted a growing number of strikes against Iranian, Hezbollah and other targets in Syria.
Any threat posed by Hezbollah will effect Lebanese before anyone else, and more severely than in previous wars and crises. • Diana Moukalled is a veteran journalist with extensive experience in.
According to the US, the Assad loyalist militia known as Jaysh al-Sha'bi was created and is maintained by Hezbollah and Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force, both of whom provide it with money, weapons, training and advice.
Two alleged Hezbollah operatives were arrested in the United States on June 8, Ali Kourani, 32, and Samer el Debek, 37, both naturalized U.S.
citizens, were charged with performing.
A Hezbollah MP has condemned the deployment of the USS Cole warship off the coast of Lebanon as a threat to Lebanese sovereignty and independence. The US is sending one warship and a support ship to the eastern Mediterranean as a show of support for "regional stability". The deployment is seen as a. Moscow will shoot down any U.S. missiles fired at Syria and retaliate against American launch sites, the Russian ambassador to Lebanon has warned. Summary: Al-Qaeda offshoots based in the Middle East pose a growing threat to the U.S. homeland as a result of the recruitment of Muslim militants from Western countries, including the United States. Hezbollah Terrorism.