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Hezbollah 101: Who is the militant group, and what does it want?

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Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, center, addresses the crowd in a rare public appearance during a rally to mark the Muslim holy day of Ashoura, in southern Beirut, Lebanon, on Dec. 6, 2011.

Bilal Hussein/AP

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Who leads Hezbollah?

Since being appointed as Hezbollah's chief in 1992, Sheikh Hassan Nas­ral­lah has emerged as one of the most venerated and credible figures in the Arab world. Soft-spoken in private, Mr. Nas­rallah saves passionate outbursts for his public performances. A brilliant orator, he whips up sentiment among Hezbollah and its supporters with powerful speeches that balance fiery rhetoric with humor.

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