Hizbollah: pronounced /ˌhɛzbəˈlɑː/;[36] Arabic: حزب الله‎ Ḥizbu ‘llāh, literally “Party of Allah” or “Party of God”

I have always appreciated Hezbollah as a staunch terrorist threat. This statement paraphrases favorably that I have feared them as an enemy organization to my country — though ‘fear’ was never my choice of word to instill confidence during my tenure with Delta. That I appreciated or feared them is solid recognition of the group as a terrorist threat to western powers.

Hizbollah (or Hezbollah or Hizbullah) wasn’t created to combat the West, though it did strongly oppose American and French presence in Lebanon. In fact, it was created in 1985 with the extant goal of harassing Israel. The organization was conceived by Muslim clerics and founded/funded by Iran in an effort to consolidate a smattering of Lebanese Shia Muslim groups into a singular effort to counter Israel in the ongoing Iran-Israel conflict.

Hizbollah is based in Lebanon and headquartered in Beirut from where it serves as a proxy for Iran. The figure currently at the organization’s helm is Hassan Nasrallah.