By Tony Duheaume Special to Al Arabiya EnglishSaturday, 18 November 2017
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The importance of Hezbollah for Iran as an overseas fighting force, which operates alongside its own military, cannot be underestimated. Since its establishment in Lebanon in the early 1980s by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and Quds Force, Hezbollah has fought wars and carried out deadly attacks against civilians in foreign lands that have proven its worth as a terror group.
Terrorist attacks carried out by Hezbollah, which have targeted various nations over the years, can only be construed as attacks carried out by the Iranian administration through proxy. As by using its Quds Force, the regime itself can claim plausible deniability from its deeds, which it has done for many decades.
U.S. Military Aid to Lebanon is Ironically Proping up Hezbollah’s Infamous War Machine
The Iranian Regime has always depended on its network of terrorist proxy groups to commits crimes on its behalf across the Middle East. As a result, the Regime spends billions of dollars every year - stolen from the Iranian people- to fund them.
But now, as a strong policy against Iranian aggression in the region starts to take shape, Iran and its proxies find themselves in a dire situation.
The latest sign of this policy change came last week, after the shock resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who blamed his decision on Iran-backed Hezbollah taking the country hostage and plotting to asassinate him.
The fingerprints of the Iranian Regime can be found all over their crime scenes in the Middle East, from Yemen to Lebanon to Gaza to Kuwait, and they must be brought to justice.
In the two years since the Saudi-led international coalition entered Yemen to bring stability and reinstate the legitimate Yemeni government of President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, the Houthi rebel group who deposed Yemen’s ruler has grown from a lightly armed, semi-political faction into a fully-fledged terrorist organisation.
Now the Houthi rebels are able to launch ballistic missiles towards other countries in the Middle East, like Saudi Arabia, and plant sophisticated sea mines in the Red Sea and the Bab Al Mandab Strait, which poses a significant threat to all sea-going vessels using the Suez Canal.
But how have they been able to transform and expand so fast? With a little help from the Iranian Regime.
Hezbollah's defeat could unravel Iran's Middle East ambitions
Iran has long relied on proxy groups to carry out its evil deeds in neighboring countries. And every year, the ruling regime pours billions of dollars of the Iranian people’s wealth into aiding and abetting these terrorist groups. However, as a firm policy starts to take shape against their belligerence in the region, Tehran and its surrogates are finding themselves in dire straits.
The latest manifestation of this change of policy was a series of events triggered last week when Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri declared his resignation from the premiership. Hariri’s statement came after a botched attempt at assassinating him in Beirut, allegedly planned by Hezbollah, a terrorist group with well-known ties to Iran. Hariri cited Iran’s influence and hostage-taking of his country through Hezbollah and threats to his life as the reason for his resignation.
Unraveling the global tentacles of Hezbollah’s sleeper cells
By Tony Duheaume
The West has held itself back from confronting Iran for decades. One reason for this has to be the dread of an Iranian fightback, which would take the form of guerrilla warfare in a multitude of lands, including the US. This fear would have been high in 2008, when intelligence experts warned of Iranian sleeper cells poised to attack British targets, such as power stations, military bases, government buildings. There were also fears about assassination of high-profile figures, should the West go ahead and bomb Iranian nuclear facilities.
Sleeper cells lie in wait
Such a scenario would make perfect sense, as with Iran not able to match the West militarily in an all-out confrontation, the only way to effectively fight back would be through asymmetric (unconventional) warfare. One method of attack used in asymmetric warfare by the Iranian regime comes in the form of covert action in foreign lands through the use of sleeper cells. For decades, Hezbollah has been building up a network of sleeper cells in the Middle East, Americas and Europe, and should it decide to wage an insurgent war against any of its host countries, its military training would make it a very formidable opponent.
Stop Ignoring Iran and Hezbollah Terror, US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley Tells Security Council
The Algemeiner, 26 July 2107 - US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley expressed frustration on Tuesday with the UN Security Council’s attitude toward Iran and its terrorist proxies in the Middle East.
“Truth be told, the Security Council often makes the Middle East more complicated than it actually is,” Haley said at the Security Council’s monthly meeting on the region. “It obsesses over Israel. And it refuses to acknowledge one of the chief sources of conflict and killing in the Middle East — that is, Iran and its partner militia, Lebanese Hezbollah.”
Haley began her remarks by affirming that the US “shares everyone’s concern about the heightened tensions in Jerusalem.”
“All parties should work to reduce these tensions, and we offer whatever assistance we can in helping to do this,” she stated. But, she added, “I am going to refrain from further comment on this sensitive issue in the hope that wisdom will prevail over emotions.”
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