Hezbollah members arrested, planned to attack Israeli tourists

Hezbollah members arrested, planned to attack Israeli tourists

BANGKOK, April 18 (UPI) -- Two members of Hezbollah, arrested in Thailand several days ago, admitted they planned to attack Israeli tourists in Bangkok.
Ed Adamczyk
Lebanese army reinforces security on border with Syria

Lebanese army reinforces security on border with Syria

HERMEL, Lebanon, March 18 (UPI) -- Lebanon's army detonated a car rigged with explosives and arrested suspects in Ras Baalbek, Lebanon, a spillover of the crisis in neighboring Syria.

Syrian troops take control of opposition stronghold Yabrud

YABRUD, Syria, March 16 (UPI) -- Syrian soldiers Sunday seized the rebel-held town of Yabrud in the strategic Qalamun region near the Lebanese border, Syrian state-run media report.

Lebanon: Hezbollah vows to drive off Israel

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 13 (UPI) -- Hezbollah Deputy Secretary-General Naim Qassem said his movement in Lebanon is ready to stand up to Israeli aggression.

Syrians criticize Assad regime's detainee swaps

DAMASCUS, Syria, March 11 (UPI) -- The Syrian government has come under criticism from its supporters over its uneven efforts to secure the release of detainees held by rebel forces.

Saudi Arabia lists Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah as terror groups

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, March 7 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabia added the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah and two Syrian-based groups to its list of terrorist organizations Friday, officials said.
LA gang members in Syria video identified by customs officers as deported Syrians

LA gang members in Syria video identified by customs officers as deported Syrians

LOS ANGELES, March 7 (UPI) -- U.S. authorities identified two deported Syrian men who appeared in a video claiming to be Los Angeles-based gang members fighting in Syria.
JC Finley

Maronite bishops condemn Israeli airstrike in Lebanon

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 5 (UPI) -- Maronite bishops, ripping Israel's latest airstrike on Hezbollah, Wednesday said Syrian airstrikes on Lebanon were the price of intervening in the crisis.

Israeli troops board ship, seize missiles it says were bound for Gaza

JERUSALEM, March 5 (UPI) -- Israeli naval forces in the Red Sea Wednesday intercepted a vessel carrying medium-range missiles, officials said, adding that Iran was behind the shipment.
Netanyahu to Abbas: 'Stop denying history' and recognize Israel

Netanyahu to Abbas: 'Stop denying history' and recognize Israel

WASHINGTON, March 4 (UPI) -- Peace in the Middle East will better the lives of millions living in the region, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said in Washington Tuesday.
Hezbollah says resistance part of Lebanon's identity

Hezbollah says resistance part of Lebanon's identity

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 4 (UPI) -- Resistance is a fixed part of the national identity of Lebanon, Hezbollah Deputy Secretary-General Naim Qassem said Tuesday.
Cairo court issues temporary ban on Hamas activities

Cairo court issues temporary ban on Hamas activities

CAIRO, March 4 (UPI) -- A court in Cairo banned all Hamas activity in Egypt and ordered the Hamas office in Cairo closed during the espionage trial of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

Hezbollah denies Israel attacked arms shipment from Syria to Lebanon

JERUSALEM, March 3 (UPI) -- The Shiite Islamic militant group Hezbollah denied reports Monday Israel's air force bombed an arms shipment traveling from Syria to Lebanon last week.

Lebanese border area hit by Syrian missiles

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- The Lebanese Ministry of Information said Friday a town near the border with Syria was hit by three missiles from across the border with no injuries reported.

Hezbollah faces swelling battle in Syrian mountains

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- As Syria's civil war lurches toward its fourth year, Hezbollah and Iraqi Shiite irregulars it trained to fight the Americans are engaged in a swelling battle in the Qalamoun mountains on Lebanon's eastern border against Sunni rebels seeking to topple the Damascus regime.
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Hezbollah (Arabic: حزب الله‎ ḥizbu-illāh(i), literally "Party of God") is a Shi'a Islamist political and paramilitary organisation based in Lebanon. Hezbollah is also a major provider of social services, which operate schools, hospitals, and agricultural services for thousands of Lebanese Shi'a, and plays a significant force in Lebanese politics. It is regarded as a resistance movement throughout much of the Arab and Muslim world. Many governments, including Arab ones, have condemned actions by Hezbollah while others have praised the party. Some western countries, including the United States, regard it in whole or in part as a terrorist organization.

Hezbollah first emerged in 1982 as a militia in response to the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, also known as Operation Peace for Galilee, set on resisting the Israeli occupation of Lebanon during the Lebanese civil war. Its leaders were inspired by Ayatollah Khomeini, and its forces were trained and organized by a contingent of Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Hezbollah's 1985 manifesto listed its three main goals as "putting an end to any colonialist entity" in Lebanon, bringing the Phalangists to justice for "the crimes they perpetrated," and the establishment of an Islamic regime in Lebanon. Hezbollah leaders have also made numerous statements calling for the destruction of Israel, which they refer to as a "Zionist entity... built on lands wrested from their owners."

Hezbollah, which started with only a small militia, has grown to an organization with seats in the Lebanese government, a radio and a satellite television-station, and programs for social development. Hezbollah maintains strong support among Lebanon's Shi'a population, and gained a surge of support from Lebanon's broader population (Sunni, Christian, Druze) immediately following the 2006 Lebanon War, and is able to mobilize demonstrations of hundreds of thousands. Hezbollah alongside with some other groups began the 2006–2008 Lebanese political protests in opposition to the government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora. A later dispute over Hezbollah preservation of its telecoms network led to clashes and Hezbollah-led opposition fighters seized control of several West Beirut neighborhoods from Future Movement militiamen loyal to Fouad Siniora. These areas were then handed over to the Lebanese Army. A national unity government was formed in 2008, giving Hezbollah and its opposition allies control of eleven of thirty cabinets seats; effectively veto power.

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