Exposure of a Hezbollah network in Egypt: state of affairs, implications, and reactions in Egypt and in the Arab and Muslim world

Issued on 27/08/2009 Type Article
In late 2008, Egyptian security services exposed a Hezbollah network which operated on Egyptian soil.

Two rare statements about Iran-Hezbollah relations:

Issued on 16/08/2009 Type Article
Ali Akbar Velayati, advisor to the Supreme Leader Khamenei, admits Iran fully supports Hezbollah. Sheikh Naim Qassem, Hezbollah’s deputy secretary general, says Hezbollah derives legitimacy for its activities from Khamenei.

Explosion in Hezbollah weapons depot in the village of Khirbet Silim exposes the existence of an active Hezbollah military infrastructure south of the Litani river.

Issued on 03/08/2009 Type Article
UNIFIL and the Lebanese army are shown helpless and unable to prevent Hezbollah’s military buildup, a gross and flagrant violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701.

Initial Arab-Muslim responses to President Obama’s speech in Cairo from Iran and Hezbollah, Syria, the Palestinian arena and the global jihad

Issued on 09/06/2009 Type Article
American President Barack Obama’s speech in Cairo was intended as a historic moment to redefine the status, image and mutual relations between the United States and the Arab-Muslim world.

Iran and Syria as state sponsors of terrorism in the annual report on terrorism issued by the US Department of State

Issued on 06/05/2009 Type Article
The US Department of State’s annual report on terrorism, published in April 2009, dedicates a separate chapter to state sponsors of terrorism.

Egypt exposes a Hezbollah network on its soil

Issued on 13/04/2009 Type Article
Egypt exposes a Hezbollah network on its soil, claiming it not only smuggled weapons into the Gaza Strip and but also planned to carry out terrorist attacks and subversion activities. Hassan Nasrallah admitted a detained Hezbollah operative was involved in smuggling but denied other accusations.
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Information on Hezbollah
Hezbollah is a Shi'ite Muslim organization with a dual identity, being both a terrorist organization and a Lebanese political party. Hezbollah was founded by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in 1982 to compete with Amal, an important Shi'ite Muslim militia active during the Lebanese civil war. When the IDF withdrew from Lebanon at the end of the First Lebanon War (1985), Hezbollah became the dominant organization in south Lebanon and later throughout the entire Shi'ite population in Lebanon. In 1992 Hezbollah entered Lebanese politics and its representatives were elected to the parliament.
Hezbollah is the main terrorist organization attacking Israel from over the Lebanese border and abroad. For the most part Hezbollah attacks northern Israeli cities with rockets. However, with direction and backing from Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Hezbollah also attacked Jewish and Israeli targets abroad, the most serious of which were the attack on the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires (March 17, 1992) and the attack on the Jewish Community Center, also in Buenos Aires (July 18, 1994). Hezbollah has been designated as a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union.
After the IDF withdrew from south Lebanon in May 2000 Hezbollah took control of the entire region. With Iranian support it constructed a vast military infrastructure, including an extensive rocket system which threatens the Israeli home front. Before the Second Lebanon War (2006) Hezbollah carried out sporadic attacks along the border. Since June 2006 it has maintained a relatively low profile. Hezbollah continues to increase its influence as a political power in Lebanon and to reinforce its military might.