File - In 1996 photo shows Hezbollah fighters in Iqlim al-Tuffah in south Lebanon. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Twenty years ago, it was Hezbollah that was the mobile guerrilla force staging hit-and-run attacks against hilltop compounds.Even the Nusra Front's filming the attack is an homage to Hezbollah's pioneering use of combat cameramen to further its propaganda war against the Israeli occupiers of south Lebanon. Hezbollah earned its reputation through three decades of fighting the Israeli army, successfully ousting Israeli troops from occupied south Lebanon in 2000, and then fighting them to a standstill in a monthlong war six years later.Hezbollah also is facing a very different enemy to its traditional Israeli foe.However, most of these tactics are of little use when confronted by lightly armed guerrilla fighters, some of whom have gained three years' combat experience in the bloody Syrian theater, and who, like Hezbollah, also seek inspiration from the Quran.It has learned how to fight in larger combat units than was traditionally the case against Israeli troops, and alongside non-Hezbollah units, such as the Syrian army and the loyalist National Defense Forces militia.
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