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Will Europe Finally See Hezbollah For What It Is?


The EU is taking a hard look at Hezbollah. After Bulgaria pointed the finger at Hezbollah operatives for a deadly attack on a bus carrying Jewish tourists, after a Cyprus court convicted a Hezbollah agent of surveilling potential targets for terrorist attacks, and amid increasing reports of Hezbollah’s support for the Assad regime in Syria—it might be finally time for Europe to join the US and Israel in labeling Hezbollah what it really is: a terrorist organization.

“You have all this evidence…. What else do they need?” said Matthew Levitt, a former Treasury Department intelligence official. Levitt authored a forthcoming report on Hezbollah, previewed by Sebastian Rottella at Propublica: “Hezbollah remains a secretive, disciplined militant group with worldwide reach and a vast war chest. Iran, a close ally, provides arms, funds, training and strategic direction. Hezbollah’s paramilitary operations, social welfare work and political power have won a formidable reputation in the Arab world and beyond. It is a militant group that increasingly resembles a state entity.”

Read the whole thing. It’s an unprecedented look inside the secretive Hezbollah, and a preview a chilling look at what could be ahead as the axis of Tehran, Butcher Assad and Hezbollah get more desperate. Hint: Hezbollah is stepping up intel operations, including worldwide surveillance of Jews.

[Hezbollah flag image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons]

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