Europe’s Hezbollah problem

On Feb. 8, Daniel Benjamin, Karen Betts and Matthew Levitt addressed a policy forum at The Washington Institute. Benjamin is the US State Department’s former ambassador-at-large and coordinator for counter-terrorism. Betts is a political counselor and representative for the Joint Intelligence Committee at the UK Embassy in Washington. The following is a rapporteur’s summary of their remarks

By DANIEL BENJAMIN, KAREN BETTS, MATTHEW LEVITT
February 24, 2013 16:44
Hezbollah supporters march in Beirut’s suburbs

Hezbollah Beirut 370. (photo credit: Archive)

 
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DANIEL BENJAMIN 

There is a common perception that the US anti-terrorism campaign deals exclusively with al-Qaida. In reality, the recent resurgence of Iranian state-sponsored terrorism and global Hezbollah activities has become a prominent issue on the US foreign policy agenda. Last year, authorities foiled a Hezbollah plot targeting Israeli tourists in Thailand.

Further investigation led them to a warehouse filled with thousands of kilograms of explosives and bomb-making materials, proving that the group was focused not on isolated attacks, but on preparing for a terrorism campaign. Additional activities have been reported in Azerbaijan and Kenya, among other places.

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