May 18, 2016

TSG IntelBrief: Hizballah Bleeds in Syria

• The death of Mustafa Badreddine, military commander for Hizballah’s forces in Syria, is the most significant loss for the group, but one of a growing list of casualties sustained in the civil war

• Hizballah is transforming into a different organization than the one it was when it began its armed support for the Assad regime

• Long a cult of personality, relying on legendary commanders such as Badreddine and his infamous brother-in-law Imad Mughniyah, Hizballah’s fighting force is becoming more institutionalized and less dependent on a handful of people

• Close relations with the Iranian military and improving military capabilities might not offset Hizballah’s losses if the casualties continue to mount.