Here's a look at the life of Hassan Nasrallah, Secretary-General of Hezbollah, a Lebanese Shiite Muslim militant group.
Personal: Birth date: August 31, 1960
Birth place: Beirut, Lebanon
Father: Abd al-Karim, who worked as a grocer.
Marriage: Fatima Yassin
Children: Muhammad Hadi (d. 1997 at 18); Muhammad Jawad, Zeinab, Muhammad Ali, Muhammad Mahdi.
Education: Islamic seminaries in Iran and Iraq
Religion: Shiite Muslim
Other Facts: Oldest of nine children. His family lived in Karantina, an impoverished area of East Beirut.
Wears a black turban to signify that he is a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad.
Timeline: 1975 - After civil war breaks out in Lebanon, the Nasrallah family leaves Beirut and moves to a village near Tyre.
1976 - Nasrallah moves to Najaf, Iraq, to attend a Shiite seminary.
1978 - Is expelled from Iraq during a time of Shiite repression (President Saddam Hussein was a Sunni) and returns to Lebanon along with his mentor, Abbas Musawi. Musawi establishes a religious school in Baalbeck, where Nasrallah teaches and studies.
1978-1982 - Member of the Shiite Amal movement during Lebanon's civil war.
1982 - Organizes a group to fight against the Israeli occupation of Lebanon. This group eventually evolves into Hezbollah.
1987-1989 - Studies at a seminary in Qom, Iran.
1989 - Represents the Hezbollah in Tehran.
1991 - Abbas Musawi becomes the Secretary-General of Hezbollah. Nasrallah returns to Lebanon.
February 1992 - Replaces Abbas Musawi as secretary-general of Hezbollah when Musawi is killed by an Israeli helicopter strike.
1997 - Nasrallah's son, Muhammad Hadi, is killed in a clash with Israeli forces.
July 12, 2006 -Hezbollah crosses the border into Israel and captures two soldiers during a raid; a 34 day conflict ensues.
September 22, 2006 - Nasrallah makes his first public appearance since the beginning of the conflict in July, addressing hundreds of thousands of people at a rally in Beirut.
August 2007 - Is reelected to a sixth consecutive term as secretary-general of Hezbollah.
May 2008 - Declares the government's move to shut down Hezbollah's communications network "a declaration of war." Armed conflict breaks out between Hezbollah and Lebanese forces.
May 21, 2008 - Lebanon and Hezbollah reach an agreement.