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(ˌhɛzbəˈlɑː) or


(Islam) an organization of militant Shiite Muslims based in Lebanon
[C20: Arabic, literally: party of God]


or Hiz•bal•lah

(Arabic. ˌxɛs bɑˈlɑ)
a radical Shi‘ite Muslim organization in Lebanon engaged in guerrilla warfare against Israel.
[< Arabic: literally, Party of God]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Hezbollah - a Shiite terrorist organization with strong ties to Iran; seeks to create an Iranian fundamentalist Islamic state in Lebanon; car bombs are the signature weapon
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
Lebanese Republic, Lebanon - an Asian republic at east end of Mediterranean


[ˌhezbəˈlɑː] NHezbolá m, Hizbulá m
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Summary: Nine Nusra Front militants, including a senior commander, were killed Wednesday in an ambush and an ensuing clash with Hezbollah fighters near the restive northeastern border town of Arsal.
Senate for adopting unanimously the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act.
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The Lebanese Hezbollah had just retaliated by firing on an Israeli convoy inside Israel, killing a 25-year-old Israeli Army captain and a 20-year-old sergeant.
Israel and Hezbollah signalled on Thursday their rare flare-up in fighting across the Israel-Lebanon border was over, after the Lebanese guerrillas killed two Israeli troops in retaliation for a deadly air strike in Syria last week.
In the long run -after Israel eventually returns the Palestinian land to Lebanon and Syria and resolves the Palestinian issue- Hezbollah must still function as a political party in Lebanon.
When Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri met with president Obama on Wednesday, the meeting was read by the opposition in Beirut as part of an American plan to press for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) to issue its finding and indict individuals connected to Hezbollah.
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The European Union's foreign affairs chief has held unprecedented talks with a Hezbollah legislator in Beirut, the first ever meeting between a senior EU diplomat and a member of Hezbollah.
Network 'targeted' Hezbollah has admitted that it possesses its own communication network, but has refused to heed government calls to dismantle it.