Trump Sanctions Hezbollah Agents in Lebanese Government

Washington Free Beacon | 7/9/2019 | Adam Kredo
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The Trump administration on Tuesday issued a bevy of new sanctions on a terror network of Lebanese Hezbollah agents who have been performing "Iran's bidding" across the region, according to the Treasury Department.

The terror network reaches into the upper echelons of the Lebanese government, according to Trump administration officials seeking to disrupt the network's activities and further penalize the Iranian regime for its regional support of jihadi militants. The three individuals hit with new sanctions are accused of using their positions in the Lebanese government to advance Hezbollah's terror ideology and the interests of the hardline Iranian regime.

Sanctions - Trump - Administration - Resources - Iran

The new sanctions come as the Trump administration seeks to use federal resources to thwart Iran's development of nuclear weapons. Iran is poised to cross major thresholds on the amount of nuclear material it stockpiles inside the country, a breach of the landmark nuclear deal that Trump withdrew the U.S. from last year.

"Hezbollah uses its operatives in Lebanon's parliament to manipulate institutions in support of the terrorist group's financial and security interests, and to bolster Iran's malign activities" Sigal Mandelker, the Treasury Department's under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in a statement accompanying the new sanctions.

Hezbollah - Stability - Security - Lebanon - Wider

"Hezbollah threatens the economic stability and security of Lebanon and the wider region, all at a cost to the Lebanese people," Mandelker said. "The United States will continue to support efforts of the Lebanese government to protect its institutions from exploitation by Iran and its terrorist proxies, and to secure a more peaceful and prosperous future for Lebanon."

The new designations will hit Hezbollah members of parliament Amin Sherri and Muhammad Hasan Ra'd, as well as a Hezbollah security official, Wafiq Safa, "for acting for or on behalf of Hezbollah."

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"This action highlights how Hezbollah uses its political power to...
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