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Hezbollah around the world

Ana Maria Luca

July 18, 2013 For years, the United States and several countries in the European Union have been expressing concern about Hezbollah's influence and activities around the globe. After a terrorist attack at a small airport in Bulgaria killed 6 people in July 2012, including 5 Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian bus driver, the U.S. and Israel have applied increasing pressure on the EU to blacklist the Lebanese Party of God, especially after Hezbollah operatives were implicated in the attack.

In the United States, law enforcement agencies sounded the alarm two decades ago by continuously busting drug traffickers, weapons traders, and money launderers that were connected to Hezbollah members in the Western hemisphere.

A political rapprochement between Iran/Hezbollah and the Bolivarian countries in South America led to military cooperation and trade agreements, but this raised question-marks in the U.S. about how far the cooperation between Hezbollah and Latin America went.

The presence of a large number of Hezbollah-affiliated businessmen in African countries with weak and corrupt governments on the Western coast – an area already infamous for the drug trafficking and blood diamonds – has
also raised questions over the types of businesses that donate their profits to Hezbollah.

Moreover, the Party of God's political and economic presence in several European countries, where it raises funds for its charities, is still under debate in the EU's policy and intelligence circles. Some EU officials are concerned that European citizens of Lebanese origin are being recruited for Hezbollah's military operations in the Middle East and beyond.

Meanwhile, policymakers have become concerned with Hezbollah's financial activities. Law enforcement agencies in multiple continents have managed to uncover networks and provide proof that some of Hezbollah's operatives and associated businessmen are involved in illegal activities to raise money and buy weapons for the group.

In order to decipher fact from fiction regarding Hezbollah's alleged business and financial empire, as well as its pool of supporters and illegal activities, NOW examined countries in five continents by analyzing existing reports.

This special report, Hezbollah around the world (including Part's I through V), is based on the information NOW uncovered.
source: washingtoninstitute.org
  • keti.raicheva

    KETI.RAICHEVA Direction of Terrorists Criminals Hezbollah must going in Prison! Direction of Hezbollah kidnapped and maked Torture to my Bulgarian Husband Talal Mohamed Khalil on period 25.11.2012- 28.01.2013y. Terrorists Hezbollah forced Talal to sign FALSE CONFESSIONS! On time of Torture Talal get three Heart attacks and two Brain Hits!! After Torture Hezbollah gived my husband to Prison Roumieh in Beirut. Talal stay one year and six Months INNOCENT, VERY ILL IN PRISON. On the 16.05.2014y. Talal will be on the front Military Lebanese Court in Beirut. Terrorists Criminals Hezbollah killed Bulgarian Citizens in Bulgaria, Burgas on 18.07.2012y. We Bulgarian Citizens want JUST COURT PROCESS FOR TALAL MOHAMED KHALIL! Talal is 63 years old, very ill in Prison! Lebanese State Institutions MUST SAVE HUMAN RIGHTS TO ALL PRISONERS IN LEBANON! DIRECTION OF HEZBOLLAH TO THE PRISON !!! FREEDOM FOR TALAL MOHAMED KHALIL ! WE CONTINUE MAKE PROTESTS ON THE FRONT LEBANESE EMBASSY IN BULGARIA AND GERMANY!!! GROUP OF EUROPEAN CITIZENS May 10, 2014 Delete

    May 17, 2014

  • keti.raicheva

    Our European Bulgarian Citizen, INNOCENT, 63 YEARS OLD, VERY ILL TALAL MOHAMED KHALIL STAY WITHOUT EVIDENCE OF CRIME ONE YEAR AND SIX MONTHS IN PRISON ROUMIEH IN BEIRUT!!! WE WANT JUST COURT PROCESS FOR TALAL KHALIL !!! Talal Khalil will be on the front Lebanese Military Court on 2.06.2014y. We want INDEPENDENT FROM CRIMINALS TERRORIST HEZBOLLAH JUST COURT PROCESS FOR TALAL KHALIL!!! TERRORISTS CRIMINALS DIRECTION OF Hezbollah MUST GOING TO THE PRISON!!! FREEDOM FOR TALAL KHALIL !!! WE CONTINUE MAKE PROTESTS ON THE FRONT LEBANESE EMBASSY IN BULGARIA AND GERMANY!!! May 17, 2014

    May 17, 2014

  • aml16091

    So you guys are very objective, aren't you? :) First I advise you to read the entire info-graphic, not just 2 sources out of almost 100. Second, these are the available sources, some of them are wrong and some of them quite exaggerate. If this happened it is actually stressed in the info-graph. The list of sources looks like this, because obviously these are the sources and these are the accusations, whoever makes them and through whatever media. Please let me know if Hezbollah has come up with a full transparent study over their sources of revenue, because I'd like to add it to the info-graphic for balance. Mr. or Mrs. Same should also choose to review other previous writing that I have done, not just the blog I abandoned years ago. However, my opinions are mine and I stick by what I believe in. Please, you're welcome to prove me wrong with actual arguments. Thank you for reading, though.

    August 14, 2013

  • same

    It seems a history of bias is an advantage when one is recruited at NOW. I am writing my dissertation on bias and the Middle East, this definitely makes my job easier — especially if you review this writer's list of sources (thank you Edward M.) and their previous writing (http://aml1609.blogspot.com).

    August 1, 2013

  • Billy G.

    Great Compilation Ana, and so revealing...Keep up the good work

    July 19, 2013

  • Edward M.

    That definitely sounds like an "Editor's Pick." As you read through the source list for this "special report" you soon find out that most, if not all the information in the report is either "rumors" or "allegations." Worse yet, one of the sources used is Dearborn Underground, a mediocre anti-Arab blog with 23 followers that the author deemed trustworthy enough to use as reference. The about section of Dearborn Underground states: "We of Dearborn Underground are citizens of a patriotic, Midwestern American small town whose culture, local government, and especially its media, have been overrun by a cartel of bullies who've demanded that the only voices heard in Dearborn will be their voices: the voices of CAIR and the ADC--the voice of Al Jazeera--the voice of global Islamic Jihad." Is there anyone at NOW who proof-reads this nonsense.

    July 19, 2013