Hizbullah's Syria Problem

(Politico) Matthew Levitt - Hizbullah desperately wants to avoid a full-blown military conflict with Israel right now and is limiting its attacks on Israel to small roadside bombs along the Lebanese border and attacks by local proxies on the Golan Heights. Israeli military officials point to 15 such attacks since March. Hizbullah is heavily occupied fighting Sunnis both in Syria, where it has already lost as many as a thousand experienced fighters, and increasingly at home in Lebanon. However, Hizbullah's use of local proxies and terrorist operatives dispatched around the world is likely to increase in frequency and, as U.S. counterterrorism officials have warned, these plots may not be limited to targeting Israeli interests alone. The writer is director of the program on counterterrorism and intelligence at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

2014-12-03 00:00:00

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