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What Is Hezbollah

Updated: Oct 20, 2020

By Kali Robinson - The Council on Foreign Relation -

Military experience gained from fighting in Syria’s civil war and decades of clashes with Israel have made the Iran-backed group stronger than ever, but the biggest threat it faces may be upheaval in its own backyard.


  • Hezbollah wields significant power in Lebanon, where it operates as both a Shiite political party and militant group.

  • It opposes Israel and Western powers operating in the Middle East, and it functions as a proxy of Iran, its largest benefactor.

  • The group has faced unprecedented scrutiny from the Lebanese public amid the country’s political and economic crisis.

What Is Hezbollah_ _ Council on Foreign
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