Lebanon's Security Challenges and U.S. Interests, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, April 8, 2014 [open pdf - 1MB]
This is the April 8, 2014 hearing on "Lebanon's Security Challenges and U.S. Interests" held before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. From the opening statement of Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: "Lebanon is a country that is seemingly perpetually in a state of conflict or on the verge of breaking out into conflict at any moment. A bloody and protracted civil war ravaged the country over 25 years ago and Lebanon has never really been quite able to fully recover. One of the by-products of the Lebanese civil war was the emergence of Hezbollah in the early 1980s. Long associated with the Ba'ath Party in Syria led by Bashar al- Assad and his father before him and backed by the Iranian regime, Hezbollah has received its financial and military support from Tehran while allying itself politically with Damascus. Hezbollah is a U.S. designated terrorist organization and has been responsible for conducting many acts of violence that have left hundreds of innocent U.S. and Israeli citizens dead. It has long waged a war against our closest friend and ally, the democratic Jewish State of Israel, most notably setting off the 2006 conflict when it conducted a cross border raid in Israel, kidnapping and killing Israeli soldiers." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Lawrence Silverman, and Matthew Spence.
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