USA imposes sanctions on Hezbollah leadership

"The TFTC again demonstrated its great value to global security by disrupting Iran and Hezballah's destabilizing influence in the region".

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.

"The TFTC again demonstrated its great value to worldwide security by disrupting Iran and Hezbollah's destabilizing influence in the region", said US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin in a statement.

These countries also designated eight other Hezbollah-linked people and entities.

The sanctions were imposed by the Treasury and seven-member nations of the Terrorist Financing and Targeting Center (TFTC) that is co-chaired by Saudi Arabia and is comprised of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is comprised of 12 members who are tasked with making the group's tactical decisions and oversee its activities countrywide.

Hezbollah is a Shiite militia based in Lebanon, where its political arm recently expanded its influence by making gains in parliamentary elections.

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. "It is right that Israel fully supports".

On Tuesday, the U.S. imposed sanctions on Iran's central bank governor and an Iraq-based bank for "moving millions of dollars" for Iran's Revolutionary Guard.

The sanctions by Gulf states follow two USA moves this month to put pressure on Iran's financial networks, including sanctions announced Tuesday aimed at an alleged financial pipeline that moved "hundreds of millions of dollars" from Iran's central bank through an Iraqi bank to Hezbollah.

It was the third round of sanctions announced by Washington since the USA pulled out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in defiance of worldwide warnings for the White House not to harm the landmark agreement.

Recall that Saudi Arabia and its allies recognized the "Hezbollah" terrorist organization in 2016.

Meanwhile, the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem has enraged the Palestinian Authority, as well as militant group Hamaz, which has ties to Iran and Hezbollah.

  • Rogelio Becker