In late 2013, Hezbollah again intensified its military involvement in the Syrian civil war, suffering heavy losses *

Issued on 25/12/2013 Type Article
In late 2013, Hezbollah had intensified its military involvement in the civil war in Syria, suffering heavy losses. The main three sites of Hezbollah fighting were the eastern rural area of Damascus (Al-Ghouta al-Sharqiyya), the Al-Qalamoun mountain range, north of Damascus, which runs along the Syrian-Lebanese border (the Homs – Damascus route), and the grave of Al-Set Zaynab, south of Damascus.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 11 – 17, 2013)

Issued on 17/12/2013 Type Article
This past week no rocket hits were identified in Israel's south. In Judea and Samaria violence continued, most of it associated with the so-called popular resistance. In the north, an IDF soldier was killed by a Lebanese army. The extreme weather conditions in the Middle East caused serious damage in the Gaza. Hamas provided aid and asked for help from Arab and international agencies in an attempt to relieve the distress in the Gaza Strip.

Mass-casualty double suicide bombing attack carried out at the Iranian embassy in Beirut.

Issued on 27/11/2013 Type Article
It revealed the growing operative capabilities of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, a branch of Al-Qaeda in Lebanon, and indicated the trickle of the Sunni-Shi'ite confrontation from Syria to Lebanon.

The Al-Nusra Front (Jabhat al-Nusra) is an Al-Qaeda Salafist-jihadi network, prominent in the rebel organizations in Syria.

Issued on 17/09/2013 Type Article
The Al-Nusra Front (Jabhat al-Nusra) is an Al-Qaeda Salafist-jihadi network, prominent in the rebel organizations in Syria. It seeks to overthrow the Assad regime and establish an Islamic Caliphate in Greater Syria, a center for regional and international terrorism and subversion.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 28 – September 2, 2013)

Issued on 02/09/2013 Type Article
This week two incidents took place in which IEDs were used against IDF forces on patrol near the security fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip. In August 2013 an attempted terrorist attack in Jerusalem’s Mamilla Mall was thwarted. Hamas and the other terrorist organizations working in the Gaza Strip are preparing for the possibility of a U.S. attack in Syria

Rockets fired by the Abdullah Azzam Brigades into the western Galilee - update *

Issued on 29/08/2013 Type Article
On August 27, 2013, Sheikh Siraj al-Din Zariqat’s Twitter account gave the full text of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades/Ziyad Al-Jarrah Battalions’ claim of responsibility for firing four 122-mm Grad rockets with a range of 40 km, or about 25 miles, at Nahariya and Acre.
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Information on Lebanon
Lebanon is a small country with a population of only about 4.1 million, gaining independence from France in 1943. Lebanon borders on Israel in the south and Syria in the east and north. Due to Lebanon's varied ethnic composition, its history is rife with schisms, conflicts and civil wars based on sectarian allegiances. Since its independence Lebanon has had a unique political system of ethnic distribution with a parliamentary democracy based on ethnic-sectarian-religious representation. The most important offices are divided among the various religious groups, in accordance with the national charter of 1943.
Lebanon's social complexity, the weakness of its central government and the social and economic gaps between the various ethnic groups led to the rise of many armed sectarian-political militias, some of which turned to terrorism. The most prominent Shi'ite terrorist organization in Lebanon is Hezbollah, which was founded in the summer of 1982 during the First Lebanon War. It is not only a terrorist organization which owes its allegiance to the Iranian regime, it has also been incorporated into the Lebanese political system.
Lebanon has traditionally served as an arena for foreign forces, both Middle Eastern and international. Today the intervention of Syria and Iran are most conspicuous; they provide Hezbollah in Lebanon with weapons, ammunition, financing and military training, and direct its activities. Since the Second Lebanon War (2006) the border between Israel and Lebanon has been relatively quiet, a situation exploited by Hezbollah to advance its military buildup in direct violation of UN Security Council resolutions.