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


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 ...

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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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Editorial Reviews

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"MatthewLevitt's Hezbollah...is likely to remain the definitive work on Hezbollah's global infrastructure for years to come....Levitt's focus on the global aspects of Hezbollah, and on the details of its financing and logistics, make his policy recommendations meaningful and comprehensive." — Studies in Conflict & Terrorism

"a compelling account of the global terror group's operations...as rich in detail as it is in storytelling...The compelling narrative leaves readers wondering how it is possible that this organization has grown so powerful and influential with few repercussions." — The Jerusalem Post

"Levitt's account is as rich in detail as it is in storytelling." — Jerusalem Post

"Levitt's exhaustive study successfully breaks down the organization's intricate web of activities, both in and out of the Middle East [...] Levitt's book is a timely reminder of how dangerous and widespread the genie of Hezbollah truly is, and why there needs to be a concerted global effort to get it back into the bottle." — Journal of International Security Affairs

"Authoritative and immensely important new book." — Commentary

"This book's meticulous documentation of Hezbollah's terrorist and criminal enterprises makes it required reading for all those concerned about understanding its true nature." — Perspectives on Terrorism

"If you combine the detective work of an N.C.I.S. episode and the excitement of a Daniel Silva novel with the Mission Impossible theme in the background, you can approximate the narrative provided in this important book." — Jewish Book Council

Library Journal
The word Hezbollah ("Party of God") derives from the Koranic term hizb Allah, referring to the body of Muslim believers who will triumph over hizb al-Shaytan ("the Devil's party"). There are several political/religious movements that carry this name, but the largest and most significant of them is Lebanon's Hezbollah, an important political force in Lebanese politics today, participating in the government and carrying out military operations against its domestic and foreign enemies. Notwithstanding the group's significance in today's Middle East, there are few books in English on Hezbollah's genesis and development. While the two best and most evenhanded are Augustus Richard Norton's Hezbollah: A Short History and Ahmad Nizar Hamzah's In the Path of Hizbullah, this book by Levitt (senior fellow, Washington Inst. for Near East Policy) is different in that it focuses on Hezbollah's global reach as seen from "inside the beltway" and in official Washington circles. Relying on interviews with various U.S. and other officials (not from Hezbollah), court documents, declassified intelligence reports, and secondary Western sources, Levitt's is a wide-ranging portrait of Hezbollah's activities on five continents and its actions, both real and alleged. VERDICT A valuable resource for studying Washington's perception of Hezbollah.—Nader Entessar, Univ. of South Alabama, Mobile
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781626160132
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Pages: 424
  • Sales rank: 623,896
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Levitt is a senior fellow and director of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy's Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence. Previously, Levitt served as the deputy assistant secretary for intelligence and analysis at the US Department of the Treasury, as an FBI counterterrorism analyst, and as an adviser on counterterrorism to the US State Department. Levitt has taught at Johns Hopkins University/SAIS, held fellowships with the Combating Terrorism Center at the US Military Academy and the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author of Hamas: Politics, Charity, and Terrorism in the Service of Jihad (Yale University Press, 2006).

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Researching Hezbollah's Clandestine Activities

1. The Party of God Is Born

2. Branching Out: Targeting Westerners in Lebanon and Beyond

3. Hezbollah's European Debut

4. Bombings in Buenos Aires

5. A Near Miss in Bangkok

6. Beirut to the Blue Ridge: Hezbollah Comes to North America

7. Bombing Khobar Towers

8. Unit 1800: Targeting the Israeli Heartland

9. Finance and Logistics in Africa

10. Unit 3800: Hezbollah in Iraq

11. Party of Fraud: Hezbollah's Criminal Enterprise in America

12. Shadow War

Selected BibliographyAbout the AuthorIndex

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