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Hezbollah's terror wing 'still a threat' PDF Print E-mail
Written by SMH-Dailystar-CounterTerrorismBlog   
Wednesday, 15 August 2007


A top spy agency has warned parliament that the terrorist wing of the Lebanese radical Islamic group Hezbollah is still capable of attacking Western targets. 


A parliamentary committee on intelligence and security report says that Hezbollah's External Security Organisation (ESO), also known as Islamic Jihad Organisation and Hezbollah International, should remain a banned terrorist organisation in Australia.

Hezbollah is a Lebanese Shi'a political party which holds seats in the country's parliament and has two ministers in government.

The committee reports advice from ASIO that the ESO "constitutes a distinct terrorist wing within Hezbollah's structure", although it notes debate about whether the organisation still exists.

The terrorist group has been blamed for a series of suicide bomb attacks, aircraft hijackings and kidnappings of Western and Israeli targets in Israel, Western Europe in South America in the 1980s and early 1990s.

The committee said it sought evidence relating to whether any Australian links with the ESO existed, but would not reveal the nature of the advice.

But it recounted advice from ASIO indicating that the organisation was still dangerous.

"The ESO continues to prepare and plan for terrorist attacks," ASIO told the committee.

"It is the ESO that is responsible for planning and coordinating Hezbollah's international terrorist related activities... the absence of terrorist organisation against Western interests during the past decade reflects a calculated policy decision rather than any lack of capability."

The committee said it would "err on the side of caution" in recommending the ESO continue to be listed as a terrorist organisation.

© 2007 AAP



Nasrallah vows 'colossal surprise' if Israel attacks
Hizbullah backs berri's initiative
By Mirella Hodeib
Daily Star staff
Wednesday, August 15, 2007

BEIRUT: Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah warned Israel on Tuesday against launching another war on Lebanon, saying any attempt to attack the country "will be faced with a colossal surprise likely to change the fate of the war and the region." "You might say I am exercising a war of nerves ... This is true yet my war of nerves is based on truthful facts and aims at avoiding any war," Nasrallah told a massive rally in a televised address.

Tens of thousands of Hizbullah supporters flocked to the Raya pitch in the southern suburbs of Beirut to celebrate the "divine victory" over Israel during the 34-day war last year.

Final preparations for the event continued until late Monday night when thousands of chairs were being spread across the field. Several giant screens were set up at the field's corners, to allow the attendants a full view of Nasrallah.

While Nasrallah's address focused on the outcomes and repercussions of the summer 2006 war, domestic issues occupied a small portion of his 90-minute speech.

The Sayyed said his group supported mediation efforts to be undertaken by Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri in the upcoming week in a bid to reach a solution to the ten-month-old political impasse.

"We support a compromise in Lebanon and we warn the Lebanese against attempts undertaken by the United States and some Lebanese politicians to hamper any resolutions to the crisis," he said.

Nasrallah was referring to statements made on Saturday by MP Walid Jumblatt, who said that anyone who thinks of reaching a compromise or a settlement with the opposition would be considered a traitor and would be "condemned morally and politically."

Nasrallah renewed his support for the Lebanese Army, saying the US rejected the concept of having a "strong army in Lebanon capable of protecting its land and people before our army stops considering Israel as an enemy."

"The resistance along with the army and the courageous people of Lebanon will achieve a victory every time," he said.

Nasrallah also accused the US and Israel of being terrorist countries, which "throw terrorism accusations, when they never succeeded in defining to us what the true meaning of terrorism is." 

Nasrallah has not made any public appearances in political rallies since the victory rally on September 22, 2006.

He dedicate the victory in the summer 2006 war, "to all those oppressed in the world."

"Our victory acted as a ray of light to all those people in the world who are oppressed and alienated and encouraged them to seek change," he added.

Nasrallah addressed the Arabs, rather than their leaders, and thanked them for their "moral support" during the war. "We did not ask for more," he added. Journalists and artists from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other Arab countries attended the rally.

"We should all realize that had the resistance lost the war, not only Lebanon, Syria and Palestine would have suffered from the negative repercussions but also Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt."  

Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan have condemned Hizbullah's abduction of the two Israeli soldiers on July 12, 2006, describing it as a "rash act."

Directly after Nasrallah finished his speech, gunshots and fireworks were heard all across the capital.

Also commenting on the occasion, Hizbullah's major ally in the opposition, Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) leader Michel Aoun, said Lebanon's victory over Israel during the summer 2006 war, "held valuable meanings."

"Unfortunately," Aoun's Tuesday statement said, "internal skirmishes curtailed such a historical victory and this is only indicative of a very low sense of nationalism."

Aoun said that the memorandum of understanding between the FPM and Hizbullah has grown more solid since it was forged.

He added that the memorandum has "shaped a clear-cut proposal for Lebanon's future and offered a reliable means to shift Lebanon's identity from a sectarian one to a citizenship one."

by Daily Star



Reference Documents:

From the CounterTerrorism Blog

Hizballah Activity in North America by The Counterterrorism Blog

Activating Hezbollah cells "to make no place safe for Israelis": The Implications for Southeast Asia

The U.S. Moves on Hezbollah Charities

Understanding & Disrupting Terrorist Financing: Types of Terrorist Groups


Will Congress Meet With Lebanese Parliamentarians Allied With Hezbollah?

Lebanese Anti-Syrian Leader Agrees to Hezbollah's Terrorism Agenda

Lebanese Anti-Syrian Leader Agrees to Hezbollah's Terrorism Agenda
By Andrew Cochran

On Monday, Michael Aoun, Member of Parliament and leader of the Free Patriotic Movement, met with Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah's Secretary General, to discuss collaboration. These two leaders were on opposite ends of the Cedar Revolution that freed Lebanon from Syrian occupation last year, and Aoun is seeking the presidency after being kicked out of the country 15 years ago. The meeting produced a "memorandum of understanding" between the two, and it looks like Aoun is perfectly willing to let Hezbollah continue to pursue its agenda of terrorism against Israel and other Western interests. The MoA refers to Israel as "enemy territory" from which Lebanese should return (paragraph 6); it calls for renewed relations with Syria and the Palestinians without expressing any concern for their terrorist activities in the region (paragraphs 7 & 8), and doesn't limit Hezbollah from possessing and using its arms in any way (paragraph 9). Nasrallah seemed to support Aoun's bid for president, "We see in Aoun a serious and competent candidate who enjoys wide popularity." At a Shiite ceremony today in Beirut, Nasrallah said, "Defending the prophet should continue all over the world. Let Condoleezza Rice and Bush and all the tyrants shut up...We will uphold the messenger of God not only by our voices but also by our blood." We should hope that Aoun's backers, many of whom profess to be Christians, aren't so willing to compromise with terrorism.

February 9, 2006


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