US Sanctions Head of Hezbollah in Joint Action With Qatar

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah

In addition, the other six TFTC member countries, namely Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), also designated the key Hezballah-affiliated individuals and entities, which have already been on the U.S. blacklist.

WASHINGTON-The United States and Gulf partners imposed additional sanctions on Lebanon's Hezbollah leadership on Wednesday, targeting its top two officials, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and Naim Qassem.

The US and Saudi-led Terrorist Financing and Targeting Center said the sanctions were aimed at Hezbollah's Shura Council, the powerful Lebanese terrorist group's decision-making council, led by the Shiite group's secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions on Iran's central bank governor and an Iraq-based bank for funnelling millions of dollars on behalf of Iran's elite revolutionary guards.

The Shura Council is Hizbollah's supreme decision-making body responsible for religious, military, and strategic matters and asserts control over administrative, planning, and policy-making authorities.




The deputy chief of Hezbollah, Sheik Naim Qassem, casts his ballot during Lebanon's parliamentary elections in Beirut, Lebanon, May 6, 2018. It is noted that the group is the faithful satellite of Iran, spreading the terrorist threat. "By targeting Hizballah's Shura Council, our nations collectively rejected the false distinction between a so-called "Political Wing" and Hezbollah's global terrorist plotting".

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. Haley blames Iran, Hamas for Gaza violence US adds head of Iran's central bank to terrorist list, imposes sanctions Trump offers hope for peace in recorded remarks at US Embassy opening in Jerusalem MORE said.

"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.

Background: The United States sanctioned four individuals and one entity on May 15 with ties to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the Quds Force and Hezbollah.

It was a new round of penalties on Iran and its overseas connections by Washington following US President Donald Trump's announcement of withdrawing from the landmark Iran nuclear deal last week.

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