Saturday, 26 May, 2018


United States imposes sanctions on Hezbollah leadership

US Gulf countries slap Hezbollah with sanctions US Sanctions Target 'Hezbollah' Chief, Deputy, Other Officials and Entities
Bennie Garza | 17 May, 2018, 12:30

In a statement, Saudi Arabian state security said that its centre dedicated to fighting terror funding will persue Hezbollah leadership, their properties and finances.

The U.S. Treasury Department said four other individuals were also sanctioned, as was the group ISIS in the Greater Sahara, which was designated as a foreign terrorist organisation.

The Saudi Arabian state security statement coincides with the US treasury department adding fresh sanctions against Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah and his deputy earlier Wednesday.

The decision on Wednesday comes as part of the seven member nations of the Terrorist Financing and Targeting Center (TFTC) which Saudi Arabia co-chairs.

The designation targeted Iran and Hezballah's "destabilising influence in the region", Xinhua quoted US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin as saying. "By targeting Hezballah's Shura Council, our nations collectively rejected the false distinction between a so-called "Political Wing" and Hezballah's global terrorist plotting", Mnuchin added in the statement.

The deputy chief of Hezbollah, Sheik Naim Qassem, casts his ballot during Lebanon's parliamentary elections in Beirut, Lebanon, May 6, 2018.

Hezbollah was formed following the Israeli regime's invasion of Lebanon and the ensuing occupation of its southern parts in 1980s, and now constitutes Lebanon's de facto military power.

"What these emails show is that a number of senior Qatari government officials have developed cordial relations with senior figures in Iran's Revolutionary Guard, as well as a number of Iranian-sponsored terrorist organizations", a senior U.S. security official told the Telegraph. Since President Donald Trump announced the policy-shift on Iran, the US has sanctioned the nation's central bank governor and an Iran-linked currency exchange network. They call the Shia group a terrorist organization.

"These designations follow President Trump's decision last week to cease USA participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and to begin reimposing U.S. nuclear-related sanctions on the Iranian regime".

Supporters of Lebanon's Hezbollah terror movement parade with the party's flags and portraits of its leader Hassan Nasrallah through the streets of Baalbeck, in the eastern Bekaa valley, near the border with Syria, on general election day, May 6, 2018.

Last week, the U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions against six individuals and three companies it said were funneling millions of dollars to the Revolutionary Guard's external arm, Quds Force.

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