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
US House of Representatives unanimously passes sanctions on Hizbollah
Democratic and Republican members of Congress unanimously voted through measures designed to curb Iran's ballistic missile programme and Hizbollah’s funding
The National, Oct. 25, 2017 - In a move that marks further US escalation directed at the Iranian government and the Lebanese armed group Hizbollah, US Congress took first step on Wednesday in approving unanimously three resolutions that tighten the economic screws on Tehran and the Shiite militant party.
House Cracks Down on Iran Terror Proxy Hezbollah
Washington, D.C., Oct. 25, 2017 – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) today issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed three bipartisan measures that target Hezbollah’s ability to finance its terror and recruit new members:
“Hezbollah is Iran’s leading terrorist proxy, and it is only growing more dangerous. It now has an arsenal of more than 100,000 rockets aimed at Israel and has become battle-hardened while propping up the murderous Assad regime alongside the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. Hezbollah has taken hundreds of thousands of lives, including American lives. With the House’s action today, we send a strong message that the United States will not allow this threat to go unchecked. These critical measures will impose new sanctions to crack down on Hezbollah’s financing, and hold it accountable for its acts of death and destruction.”
Cutting off Iran Regime's Terror Proxies
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.”
Hezbollah Is a Branch of the Iran Regime's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC)
Foreign Affairs Committee held hearings on Thursday, June 8 to investigate Hezbollah as a proxy force for the Iran regime.
The Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ed Royce in the hearings stressed, "Hezbollah is a proxy force to the Iran regime and in fact, the Iran deal has enabled this country to provide Hezbollah with more equipment and facilities. Hezbollah is still an extensive criminal network, which is also engaged in a range of illegal activities such as trafficking, smuggling cigarette, and money laundering."
The Chair of MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Subcommittee, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen also stipulated, "Hezbollah is one of the most dangerous and awful terrorist organizations in the world. This group is also responsible for some of the most brutal terrorist attacks in the history. Hezbollah is not only the partner of the Iran regime. It is also a branch of IRGC in order to fulfill the objectives and wishes of the Iran regime. Hezbollah supports the criminal Bashar Al-Assad in Syria by sending weapons and ammunition. We cannot ignore the influence and control of Hezbollah over Lebanon and its army."
Some Details of the Terrorist Operations of Iran Regime and Lebanese Hezbollah in Kuwait
expert said in an interview with Sky News on July 30, 2017: “The Iranian regime thinks Persian Gulf states cannot come face to face with the regime and block its projects. This is the view of the Iranian regime's leader towards the Gulf States, especially the Kuwaiti government.
Dr. Mohammad al-Sulami added: “From this point of view, when the Iranian regime intervenes in Kuwait, it thinks no Arab country can stand against it, and the government of Kuwait cannot do anything.”
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