Hezbollah (Arabic, literally Party of God) is a Shi'a Muslim militant group and political party based in Lebanon. It receives financial and political support from Iran and Syria, and its paramilitary wing is regarded as a resistance movement throughout much of the Arab and Muslim worlds. The United States, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and Israel classify Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, in whole or in part. Hezbollah first emerged in response to the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon, during the Lebanese civil war. Its leaders were inspired by Ayatollah Khomeini, and its forces were trained and organized by a contingent of Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Hezbollah's 1985 manifesto listed its four main goals as Israel's final departure from Lebanon as a prelude to its final obliteration, ending any imperialist power in Lebanon, submission of the Phalangists to just rule and bringing them to trial for their crimes, and giving the people the chance to choose with full freedom the system of government they want, while not hiding its commitment to the rule of Islam. Hezbollah leaders have also made numerous statements calling
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