How Hezbollah has become an instrument of Iran’s drive for regional supremacy

Members of Hezbollah movement stand at attention. (File photo: AFP)

Lebanon has changed its priorities over the years and has turned its attention to other regional conflicts to achieve Iran’s goals, a report in American newspaper The New York Times has claimed. According to the report, Hezbollah is not just a power unto itself, but is one of the most important instruments in the drive for regional supremacy by its sponsor: Iran.

The Times noted that Hezbollah, which grew under Iranian directives in the 1980s as a resistance force against the Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon, quickly changed its priorities to turn its attention to other regional conflicts to achieve Iran’s goals and objectives.

For 30 years, Hezbollah has expanded its scope of operations and increased its training to become an expanding force and tool for Tehran, said the report.

Battles involving Iran

Hezbollah has been engaged in every battle involving Iran, sending hordes of its members to fight in Syria in support of the head of the Syrian regime, Bashar al-Assad, Iran’s ally.

The group has also sent hundreds of fighters and trainers to Iraq, as well as provide support to the Houthi militias in Yemen.

Hezbollah leaders boast of passing on their experience to those loyal to Iran, as the deputy secretary-general of the party, Naim Kassem, has said, despite the casualties.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:51 - GMT 06:51