December 20, 2013 |
BEIRUT -- An iconic Lebanese singer has stirred controversy by expressing her love for the leader of the Shiite Muslim militant group Hezbollah. Ziad Rahbbani, an accomplished songwriter in his own right and son of Lebanese singer Fairouz, caused a furor when he told a website that his mother “loves the sayed very much,” a reference to Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah's general secretary. Although Hezbollah has been designated as a terrorist group by the U.S. State Department, it is a dominant player in Lebanese politics with an active social component that operates alongside its paramilitary activities.
March 19, 2005
In the March 16 story, "Bush Sees Hezbollah in Politics," the president was asked if he would support a political role for Hezbollah, a group tied to the 1983 bombing at a Marine barracks in Beirut that killed 241 Americans. He told reporters: "We view Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, and I would hope that Hezbollah would prove that they're not by laying down arms and not threatening peace." Whose side is he on? Gordon G. Breecher Newport Beach
February 21, 2013 |
A criminal trial centering on an alleged plot against Israelis on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus could place more pressure on the European Union to label Hezbollah a terrorist organization. Hossam Taleb Yaacoub, a Swedish-Lebanese citizen, testified that he was a paid member of Hezbollah who had been asked to gather information for the group while in Cyprus, the Associated Press reported Thursday. The information reportedly included the times that a flight arrived from Israel and license plate numbers for buses taking passengers from that flight.
July 4, 2010 |
Lebanon's Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, one of Shi'ite Islam's highest religious authorities, died on Sunday at the age of 74, a medical source at a Beirut hospital said. Fadlallah had a wide following beyond Lebanon's Shi'ites, extending to Central Asia and the Gulf. He was a supporter of Iran's Islamic Revolution and the spiritual leader and mentor of the Shi'ite guerrilla group Hezbollah in the first years after it was formed in 1982. A fierce critic of the United States, Fadlallah used many of his Friday prayer sermons to denounce U.S. policies in the Middle East, particularly its alliance with Israel.
January 2, 2014 |
AMMAN, Jordan -- Lebanon's capital was rocked again Thursday by what appeared to be a sectarian car bombing that tore through a stronghold of the Shiite Muslim group Hezbollah, killing at least four people. More than 70 were wounded. The explosion struck a residential neighborhood in southern Beirut less than a week after a car bomb hit the city's downtown commercial center, killing seven people. Among those killed in that bombing was Mohamad Chatah, a Sunni political figure who had been an ambassador to the United States and was a prominent critic of Hezbollah.
June 5, 2013 |
CAIRO -- Syrian forces backed by Hezbollah militants stormed a strategic town Wednesday, pushing back rebels and seizing control of key supply routes after weeks of some of the heaviest fighting in the country's 2-year-old civil war. Syrian state television reported that government forces had retaken Qusair, a battered town near the Lebanese border. The advance followed a series of battles in which regime forces overran rebel positions, dispiriting the opposition and giving President Bashar Assad new momentum.
September 8, 1992 |
The biggest single bloc in the Lebanese Parliament will probably be the pro-Iranian Hezbollah (Party of God), which scored sweeping victories in the country's first election in 20 years. Early results Monday showed Hezbollah and its pro-Syrian allies well ahead of their political opponents after Sunday's third and final round of voting in an election boycotted by most mainstream Christians. "The Christians should blame no one but themselves.
May 25, 2013 |
BEIRUT - The leader of the militant group Hezbollah on Saturday aligned his powerful movement squarely behind the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad and vowed victory against Syrian rebels, whom he assailed as proxy warriors for the West and Israel. The televised comments by Hassan Nasrallah were the most definitive to date rallying Hezbollah to the defense of Assad's government, which has been trying to put down a revolt by rebels supported by the United States and its allies.
June 21, 2000 |
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan met with the leader of Hezbollah, treating the group Washington views as a sponsor of terrorism as a partner for peace on the Israeli-Lebanese border. The meeting, the first between Sheik Hassan Nasrallah and a senior international official, highlighted the fast-changing politics of the region. Hezbollah spent nearly two decades trying to drive Israeli troops from southern Lebanon, and it now controls the territory Israel abandoned last month.
September 30, 2001
President Bush said we not only would go after terrorists but also those nations that harbor them. He also said that we would freeze the financial assets of not only the terrorists but also the assets of those nations that fund them. But Hezbollah, the terrorist organization that killed more than 250 Marines in Lebanon, is not on the list. Why not? Because the very same countries that fund the Hezbollah are part of the coalition of countries requested by us to help in the fight against terrorism.