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US and six Arab states slap sanctions on Hezbollah leadership

17 May 2018

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 USA blacklist.

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 United States Wednesday imposed additional sanctions on Hezbollahs leadership, targeting five of its top officials, including Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah and deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem.

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

The action was undertaken jointly with members of the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (TFTC): Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Oman. He has also managed "Hezbollah's" bank accounts. "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 designation targeted Iran and Hezballah's "destabilising influence in the region", Xinhua quoted US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin as saying. It and its political allies made significant gains in Lebanon's parliamentary election earlier this month, boosting an Iranian-backed movement fiercely opposed to Israel and underlining Tehran's growing regional clout.

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Since then, the movement has helped the national army retake the occupied regions from Tel Aviv and thwart two Israeli acts of aggression in 2000 and 2006.

The joint action also targeted four other individuals and entities that the US had previously sanctioned. The group shares financial intelligence to target terrorist financing networks. Since President Donald Trump announced the policy-shift on Iran, the USA has sanctioned the nation's central bank governor and an Iran-linked currency exchange network.

After the announcement of Trump's position on the Iran deal, the US Treasury said in a statement on its website Thursday that it imposed fresh sanctions on six people allegedly tied to the IRGC's Quds Forces and three Iranian entities. It was the third round of sanctions announced by Washington since the United States pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal last week.

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US and six Arab states slap sanctions on Hezbollah leadership