Running head: HEZBOLLAH TACTICS, TECHNIQUES, AND PROCEDURES
Hezbollah Tactics, Techniques and Procedures
MH3 505: Issues of Terrorism
Nicholas J Nelsen
Professor Anna Toom
March 21, 2013
Hezbollah, one of the most significant organizations presenting a threat to the United States today, is a sophisticated organization with decades worth of refined tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs). In an attempt to prepare for this threat their current operational TTPs will be discussed, as will the implications of their use. Hezbollah Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures
Hezbollah is a transnational terrorist organization with a demonstrated capability of striking targets outside of their geographical sphere. They have sophisticated operations ranging from simple IEDs to soft power projection operations designed to influence the local populace. These facts, combined with their demonstrated history of attacking the US and her allies present one of the most significant threats we face today. To prepare for this adversary one must understand their tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs). TTPs and Capabilities
Hezbollah (Committee on Homeland Security, 2012) has demonstrated a capability to perform kidnapping and intimidation campaigns. In 1988 they kidnapped LTCOL Higgins, tortured him and then filmed his execution. Over the course of their history they have conducted kidnappings of civilians, government officials, and military members (CFR, 2010). These operations have included clandestine insertions targeting armed Israeli personnel, then exfiltrating without notice with the captives. Kidnapping and intimidation campaigns are a key TTP for Hezbollah and they are proficient in this task. Suicide Bombing
Suicide attacks are a well-established TTP through history dating back to 1090 C.E. (CRS, 2003). While the method of attack it old, Hezbollah’s attack on the Marine barracks in 1983 is...
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CRS (2012) Mexico’s Drug Trafficking Organizations: Source and Scope of the Rising Violence (CRS Report for Congress order code R41576) Washington, D.C: US Printing Office
CRS (2003) Terrorists and Suicide Attacks (CRS Report for Congress order code RL32058). Washington, D.C: US Printing Office
United States. Cong. House. Committee on Homeland Security. Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management. A line in the Sand: Countering Crime, violence and Terror at the Southwest Border. 112th Cong., 2nd Sess. Washington: GPO 2012. Print.
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