From the U.S. Department of State: Hizballah (Party of God) a.k.a. Islamic Jihad, Revolutionary Justice Organization, Organization of the Oppressed on Earth, and Islamic Jihad for the Liberation of Palestine Description Radical Shia group formed in Lebanon; dedicated to increasing its political power in Lebanon and opposing Israel and the Middle East peace negotiations. Strongly anti-West and anti-Israel. Closely allied with, and often directed by, Iran but may have conducted operations that were not approved by Tehran. Activities Known or suspected to have been involved in numerous anti-US terrorist attacks, including the suicide truck bombing of the US Embassy and US Marine barracks in Beirut in October 1983 and the US Embassy annex in Beirut in September 1984. Elements of the group were responsible for the kidnapping and detention of US and other Western hostages in Lebanon. The group also attacked the Israeli Embassy in Argentina in 1992 and is a suspect in the 1994 bombing of the Israeli cultural center in Buenos Aires. In fall 2000, it captured three Israeli soldiers in the Shabaa Farms and kidnapped an Israeli noncombatant whom it may have lured to Lebanon under false pretenses. Strength Several thousand supporters and a few hundred terrorist operatives. Location/Area of Operation Operates in the Bekaa Valley, the southern suburbs of Beirut, and southern Lebanon. Has established cells in Europe, Africa, South America, North America, and Asia. External Aid Receives substantial amounts of financial, training, weapons, explosives, political, diplomatic, and organizational aid from Iran and Syria.
Official documents and sites, related documents, external resources, and Israeli government documents on Hizballah.
BBC Middle East analyst looks at the motives behind Hezbollah's actions and their possible consequences.
Hilary Andersson interviews Hezbollah fighters in southern Lebanon shortly before the Israeli withdrawal in 2000.
Barbara Plett interviews Mohammed Fneish, a Hezbollah member of Lebanese parliament.
Kathryn Westcott describes Hezbollah - or Party of God - as it emerged in Lebanon in the mid 1980s and became the region's leading Islamic fundamentalist group.
Lebanese of all stripes praise Hizbullah for ousting the Israeli army and say they're not terrorists.
Summary information on commonly asked questions about the Lebanese group including what it is, its origins, leaders, size and operating territory.
Description, activities, strength, area of operation and external aid. Links to additional resources. From the Federation of American Scientists. USA.
Information about the Islamic resistance units founded after the Israeli military seizure of Lebanon in 1982, committed to the liberation of the occupied territories and the ejection of Israeli forces. Includes references.
Brian Whitaker explains how Israeli incursions into the occupied West Bank, and United States condemnations, have invigorated an organization that a year ago was virtually inactive, but is increasingly regarded in Lebanon as a resistance movement.
Ongoing collection of articles about Lebanon and Hizbullah.
Accompanying site for the May 2003 documentary about Hezbollah includes the video, synopsis, the group's history, interview with journalist David Lewis, links and resources.
Profile of Hasan Nasrallah, head of Hezbollah.
Hyperlinked encyclopedia article provides the history of the group along with its ideology, foreign relations, military and political branches.
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