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Hezbollah – Capabilities And Role In The Middle East


The Hezbollah (“Party of God”) movement was formed in 1982 in Lebanon by a segment of the Shia community displeased with the secular, in their view, nature of the Amal moderate Shia party. There were also disagreements concerning whether Israel should be confronted using new organizational forms and methods of warfare. According to its Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah, since its formation, Hezbollah was a purely intra-Lebanese creation, relying on the support and aid from the Palestinian and Lebanese parties, while the support from Iran and Syria came later.

Since the very beginning, Hezbollah’s activities have been based on three principles. First, Islam is declared an ideological, doctrinal, and practical basis for the organization’s functions. Secondly, its main aim is the struggle against Israeli occupation of Lebanon and Palestine and against Zionist domination. Third, it recognizes the Iranian Shia thesis concerning the necessity of Vilayat-e-Fakih. This Shia doctrine asserts that during the era of the 12thGreat Reappearance of Imam Muhammad al-Mahdi the leadership over the Shia is transferred to high-ranking Shia clerics.

Structure and Decision Making

Hezbollah, as an organization, has a structure based on certain ideological principles and exists within the framework of a state, that has no actual influence on the movement’s activities. The party is led by the Shura Council consisting of 7 members (six spiritual leaders—ulemas—and one secular leader). The members are elected by the Central Council (Al-Majlis al-Markazis), consisting of the 200 most authoritative members of the movement. Shura Council elections consist of three phases. The first is the candidate selection (usually 70-80), both clerics and secular individuals who satisfy the criteria set by the top leaders. Those who pass this stage have the right to participate in the second stage. In other words, they become candidates for the Shura Council. As a rule, 10-15 people make it to the second round. The final phase consists of the direct election of the 7 Shura Council members.

Council decisions are final and religiously binding for all party members. They are adopted either unanimously or by the majority of votes. If there is a deadlock or a split within Shura Council, issues are decided by the party leader, whose decisions are final and obligatory on all administrative institutions, and cannot be challenged. This is how the principle of Vilayat-e-Fakih is observed and splits within the ruling elite are averted.

The actual operations of the party are conducted by the administrative executive apparatus, known as Shura Tanfiz. It consists of five councils…

SouthFront is lacking the funds needed to produce the rest of our planned documentary on Hezbollah.

The total length of the documentary is around 50 minutes and it includes the following sections:

  1. Introduction
  2. Structure and Decision Making
  3. Armed Formations and Their Peculiarities
  4. Cadre Selection and Training
  5. Military Doctrine. Specifics of Fighting in Syria
  6. Rocket Arsenal
  7. Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence
  8. The Media: Agitation and Propaganda
  9. Social Work
  10. Economic and Financial Activities
  11. Why Hezbollah Became a Middle East Powerhouse and Its Transition to a Quasi-State
  12. Conclusion

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  • Bi Esm


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  • Mountains

    Hezbollah is the weakest entity in Syria. Way below sub-sub-sub groups under FSA. They did nothing in Syria.

    Russia, SAA and Iranian generals should take credit for this hard-fought war

    The Russians, Lebanon, Iran, NATO coalition, Kurds(SDF) the US and SAA (which is part of the syrian people) were fighting the Rebels.

    • ruca

      Why the hell do even bother?

      • Blucross

        WHAT else is there to do ? Besides good looking women, that is…..

        • ruca

          You missed the point of my comment.

    • Robert Duran


    • Samuel Boas

      You sure watched a lot of CNN kid. Get your facts straight.

    • Daniel Rich

      @ Mountains,

      You’d better come down that thing and exchange thoughts with the Apartheid state’s goons about how ‘useless’ Hezbollah fighters are. They were on the receiving end of Hezbollah fighters’ ‘weakness.’

    • Don’t read butthurt replies

      “Hezbollah is the weakest entity in Syria.”

      You’re clearly the weakest one and sound like a hasbara troll.

      “Nato coalition, SDF and the US were fighting rebels”

      Never were, never did or do. Stop spreading nonsense. Why I even bother with brain-dead people like you.

    • Blucross

      I agree

  • Fred

    Zionism and Hezbollah are not from God. Zionist do not include all Jewish people. Zionist believe they are the chosen people of God and as such the world is theirs. Their sense of entitlement know no limits and the goy are worth only as much as they are useful to them. Hezbollah likes to consider themselves as moderate, but their idea of God is one of fear and domination, not love and forgiveness. They compel worship and people worship out of fear. They regard non Muslims as infidels deserving the same respect as the Zionist give to the goy, i.e. death. Both are tribal and as such neither live by the golden or the silver rule. if I am wrong the EXPLAIN your selves and use some REASON.

    • ruca

      Hesbollah is doing the right thing in Syria and at home. You are equating them to zionism? Seriously? I don’t care 2 cents about the religion part. Everybody has their own beliefs. How much suffering has Hesbollah created compared to the ziofags?

      • Fred

        At least your faction or side is willing to compare and debate which cannot be said for the other. If the world is to have any future worth living then the basis of all law dealing with human relations, different nations and groups, has to be the silver rule of not doing to others what you do not want done to yourself. Adhering to that one simple rule and enforcing it without all the lying, false flags and subterfuge would end most of the strife in the world. However, once someone has power they generally think they are entitled to exploit the vulnerable and the weak. That is the main problem.

    • Gabriel Hollows

      There are Christian battalions in Hezbollah.

      • Real Anti-Racist Action

        You are 100% right.
        And there are tens of thousands of more Christians who are grateful for Hezbollah defending Lebanon. As Lebanon is the closest thing to a full Christian country in the ME.
        Without Hezbollah, the Zionist would have marched all of the Christians by now back into Gulag camps as the Zionist did to Christians almost a century ago.
        Christians should lend more support to their brothers in the south.
        They are all in this together, and they show high respect and similarities with one another.
        And I mean that in the best possible sense.

        • Imbecile, the Israelis were closely allied with the Maronite Christians in Lebanon until the latter got out of hand and massacred the Palestinians in camps, world opinion turned on Israel and it had to withdraw from Lebanon. Unfortunately, Israel abandoned their Christian allies, who in part then turned to Hezbollah in a match made in Hell. As for the rest of your crap about Holodomor that was Stalin and nothing to do with the Jewish people, who were a tiny percentage of the original communists and then of course later persecuted by the Soviets.

          Zionists (Jews) have never marched any Christians to gulags.

    • Blucross

      I understand what your saying, and it makes sense…..which should be a warning to you since God told us (he) is the Alpha AND the Omega, which In your comment would certainly incompass both ‘fear and Domination’ AND ‘love and forgiveness’.
      and as alittle warning trying to wrap REASON around Gods mind (intent) leads most folks to religious insanity. (monotheism).
      What say you brother, I am here to learn……

    • Real Anti-Racist Action

      Well you are only applying your personal definition of what forgiveness and love are.
      According to the Christian bible love is correction.
      And most people will inherit the lake of sulfur as the way is narrow and their are few who find it.
      Hezbollah does not commit genocide against anyone, so stop judging their personal belief.
      Zionist committed the Holodomor and many other genocides.
      That is the difference.

      • Fred

        You may be right but unless you have experienced the love of the real person and divinity Christ in your life, you may not be able to see any solution but one limited by your own foresight and understanding. The Zionists and Hezbollah are spoiling for war which the Zionists will likely use to keep conflict brewing in the Middle East and try to escalate the Syrian conflict. They cannot afford peace if they want to expand in the area. It is not just Israel but other puppet nations of the bankster/oilster western establishment which have been dividing the people to conquer the area for oil, gas, pipelines and turf, for over a 100 years which is the main source of the turmoil. Globalism and open borders is their latest ploy to nullify the sovereignty rights of peoples and nations over their land, resources, morals and constitutions.

        What many fervent Christians, Torah Jews, and various Islamic sects have in common if they believe that all of us are children of God, is the “silver rule” of not doing to another what you do not want done to yourself. The use violence should only be used as a last measure in self defense. The most effective means of ending much of the evil is to expose it to the full light of day in all nations, showing the carnage and suffering of the ordinary people and shaming all the power brokers responsible. We must give the people facts, name names, expose and challenge corrupt oligarchs, politicians, leaders and authorities. If for example ISIS is not really Islamic but a front for the Western establishment exploiters, then both Christian, Islamic, and Jewish leaders and people should be crying foul, demanding justice and restitution.

  • John William

    Maybe Southfront would have it’s funds if it didn’t spread lies about US operations in Syria And Iraq.2 times I remember Southfront ran articles on the US landing helicoptors in Isis territory to help them, without a picture or video.Also one time Southfront ran a article about US special forces intentionally shooting a child in the back with no proof.if such events would have occurred it would have been world news.It is a shame the the hate for America shines so bright on the web site that it overtakes the informative article’s witch make up most of Southfront.