Tag: Hizbullah

The U.S. is overlooking Iran’s move to South America

By Fariborz Saremi Iran has been working covertly not only in Canada and the United States but has also been fostering strong ties with an anti-U.S. set of countries in South America: Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua.

The USA has largely failed to take proper note Iran’s well-funded ambitions in these countries. Rather, it has sought to counter Iran’s influence in the Middle East and its attempts to acquire nuclear weapons.

Iran has meanwhile has been forging multiple alliances worldwide. The government of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in particular, has employed diplomatic, economic and military strategies to gain a long-term foothold in Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua.

Lebanese Hizbullah supporters march during Ashoura day in Beirut’s southern suburbs, Lebanon, Dec. 6. /Bilal Hussein/AP Iran has had a long tradition of influence in South America, though with less emphasis on diplomacy and business than now. Iran has been charged with masterminding two Hizbullah bomb attack in Argentina in 1992 and 1994.

Hizbullah preparing missile war on Israel as Iran braces for attack

By WorldTribune.com

JERUSALEM — The Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah is planning for war with Israel, a report said.

Hizbullah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah. /AGB/HGL The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs asserted that Hizbullah secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah, in coordination with Teheran, has been meeting senior commanders to plan for war with the Jewish state. The center, in a report by Shimon Shapira, said Nasrallah has ordered his commanders to prepare for long-range missile attacks that would target Tel Aviv and other major Israeli cities.

“Nasrallah’s recent escalation of public statements stems from heightened fear in Hizbullah that an Israeli and/or American attack on Iran is drawing nearer,” the report said. “As a strategic arm of Iran, Hizbullah sees itself as Iran’s first line of defense against Israel.”

“Hizbullah forces are being trained to fire at least 10,000 missiles, right at the war’s outset, at military and strategic targets such as airfields, military camps, and vital facilities including maritime ones, followed by the firing of rockets from launch sites whose location will come as a surprise to Israel,” the report, titled “Hizbullah Discusses Its Operational Plan for War with Israel,” said.

Think tank speculates war could break out with Syria

The increasingly open threats made by Syrian leaders and members of the Hizbullah terrorist group in Lebanon have led analyst David Schenker of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA) think tank to warn that war may be on the horizon. In addition, he noted, a future war could include Syria and not only its proxy Hizbullah: in February, Syrian leaders said Syria would not “sit idly by” in case of another war with Israel.

Hizbullah, for its part, declared open war on Israel following the 2008 assassination of senior Hizbullah terrorist Imad Mugniyeh. While Israel has not claimed responsibility for the killing, Hizbullah leaders say they are certain that an Israeli agency was behind the operation. According to Israeli estimates, Hizbullah has managed to not only recover from the hit it took during the 2006 Second Lebanon War, but has gathered an even greater number of rockets than it possessed prior to the war. Current estimates put Hizbullah’s arms supply at more than 40,000 missiles and rockets. Syrian officials have spoken publicly about their support for Hizbullah, and have urged other Arab countries to support “the resistance” as well. Another sign of Syria’s increasingly open hostility came in late February, when Assad invited Hizbullah head Hassan Nasrallah and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to dinner. At the meeting, Assad described support for anti-Israel terrorism, which he termed “resistance,” as “a moral and national duty in every nation” and talked with Ahmadinejad about “confronting Israeli terrorism.” Schenker noted that Syria has some reasons to avoid war, such as its apparent desire to cultivate ties with the West. However, he said, Syria may not be able to avoid joining a war if Hizbullah attacks. “After so much crowing about its support for Hizbullah and its regional ilk, could Syria sit out yet another fight?” he asked.