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Hezbollah, Europe, and the Iran Connection

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March 13, 2013

What's behind Hezbollah's expansion of terror operations into Europe?

A new wave of violent plots within Europe have raised the question of whether the EU will designate Lebanon's Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. Why has the group re-opened the spigot of terrorist attacks inside Europe after years of exploiting the Continent for logistical and fundraising support? And why does a nominally Lebanese group, which is also that country's dominant political party, take such risks to serve purely Iranian interests?

Dr. Matthew Levitt, director of The Washington Institute's Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence and author of the forthcoming book Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon's Party of God, explains what's at stake for Europe and why Hezbollah puts Iran's interests ahead of Lebanon's or its own.