Jerusalem – A new report released last week alleges that Hezbollah is operating in several Iraqi provinces, and in cooperation with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, has been training Iranian-financed Shiite militias to attack British and U.S. forces.

Authored by Israeli analyst Jonathan Dahoah Halevi for the Institute for Contemporary Affairs, the report said Hezbollah is now a major force to contend with in Iraq.

“Hezbollah’s deep involvement in terror throughout Iraq demonstrates that the organization does not view itself purely as a Lebanese factor with national and local objectives, but as an arm of Iran in spreading the Shiite Islamic revolution throughout the Middle East and in the long term throughout the entire world,”said the report.

Entitled “Hezbollah’s Role in Attacks Against U.S. and British Forces in Iraq,” the report continued, “Hezbollah’s strategic ties with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards for the purpose of operations in Iraq once again illustrate how Iran, in general, and its Revolutionary Guards, in particular, directly promote international terrorism globally.”

The report said Britain and the United States have deemed Hezbollah one of the greatest threats in Iraq. The two countries have determined that Hezbollah was involved in attacks on British and U.S. troops in at least four Iraqi provinces. In April, Hezbollah, amid intensified Iraqi security operations, moved militia training to Iran.

“The U.S. and Britain have increasingly singled out Hezbollah as one of the most serious threats to coalition forces in Iraq,” said the report.

Citing Hezbollah’s Web site, the report said the Lebanese-based militia has been operating several brigades in Baghdad and Basra. Hezbollah was also said to maintain a presence in such Gulf Cooperation Council states as Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

“Lebanese Hezbollah members are particularly useful to Iran for training Iraqis because both groups speak Arabic while the Iranians speak Farsi,” the report said. “Lebanese Hezbollah may also have additional credibility with Iraqi Shiites because of what is viewed as their success.”

Hezbollah was said to have trained Iraqi Shiite operatives in the Iranian cities of Ahwaz, Mashad, Qom and Tehran. Citing the London-based A-Sharq Al Awsat, the study said the courses included intelligence gathering, light weapons, combat skills, sabotage and anti-tank missiles, including the RPG-29 launcher.

“Hezbollah training was intended to ready Iraqi Shiite operatives for assassination and terror attacks in Iraq,” the report said.

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©The Bulletin 2008


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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: and A new site,, will be launched very soon.