Annotations for Hezbollah : The Global Footprint of Lebanon's Party of God


Baker & Taylor
Examines the political party's activities beyond the Lebanese borders, from its financial and logistical support networks to its covert criminal and terrorist operations around the world.

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Book News
Basing his analysis on (frequently anonymous) interviews with various government officials and other representatives of US and US-allied national security apparatuses, Levitt (senior fellow and director of The Washington Institute of Near East Policy's Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence) seeks to portray the Lebanese political and militia group Hezbollah as a globe-spanning clandestine terrorist threat to people far removed from the landscape of the Arab-Israeli conflict from which it was born (the group was formed in the early 1980s in response to the Israeli occupation of Southern Lebanon). He describes criminal and terrorist activities in Europe, Brazil, Thailand, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Africa, and, of course, Israel. Beyond the issue of the use of anonymous sources, justified with reference to the supposed dangers that named sources might face, the reader's trust in the objectivity of the conclusions may perhaps be undermined by the fact that the vast majority of the sourcing Levitt utilizes comes from intelligence and military agencies of governments that are opposed to Hezbollah and have an interest in seeing their threat magnified beyond its true scope. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Georgetown University Press

Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon's Party of God is the first thorough examination of Hezbollah's covert activities beyond Lebanon's borders, including its financial and logistical support networks and its criminal and terrorist operations worldwide.

Hezbollah -- Lebanon's "Party of God" -- is a multifaceted organization: It is a powerful political party in Lebanon, a Shia Islam religious and social movement, Lebanon's largest militia, a close ally of Iran, and a terrorist organization. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including recently declassified government documents, court records, and personal interviews with intelligence and law enforcement officials around the world, Matthew Levitt examines Hezbollah's beginnings, its first violent forays in Lebanon, and then its terrorist activities and criminal enterprises abroad in Europe, the Middle East, South America, Southeast Asia, Africa, and finally in North America. Levitt also describes Hezbollah's unit dedicated to supporting Palestinian militant groups and Hezbollah's involvement in training and supporting insurgents who fought US troops in post-Saddam Iraq. The book concludes with a look at Hezbollah's integral, ongoing role in Iran's shadow war with Israel and the West, including plots targeting civilians around the world.

Levitt shows convincingly that Hezbollah's willingness to use violence at home and abroad, its global reach, and its proxy-patron relationship with the Iranian regime should be of serious concern. Hezbollah is an important book for scholars, policymakers, students, and the general public interested in international security, terrorism, international criminal organizations, and Middle East studies.



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Georgetown University Press

Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon's Party of God is the first thorough examination of Hezbollah's covert activities beyond Lebanon's borders, including its financial and logistical support networks and its criminal and terrorist operations worldwide. Based on extensive research and declassified intelligence, Matthew Levitt traces the development of Hezbollah's global terrorist network, from the bombings of US and French military forces in Beirut in the early 1980s to plots in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas from the 1990s through the present, providing a needed assessment of the threat posed by Hezbollah today.



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