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US imposes sanctions on Iranian intelligence, Hezbollah-linked targets in Lebanon

The United States rolled out sweeping new sanctions on Thursday, blacklisting cyber actors the Donald Trump administration says are backed by Iranian intelligence and Lebanon-based targets it says are linked to Hezbollah. The US Department of Treasury sanctioned two Lebanon-based companies, Arch Consulting and Meamar Construction, for alleged links to the… Read More

U.S. slaps sanctions on two former Lebanese ministers over ties to Hezbollah

The United States on Tuesday expanded its sanctions on Lebanon, blacklisting the former finance and transport ministers and accusing them of providing material and financial help to Iran-backed Shi’ite group Hezbollah, following a powerful blast last month in Beirut that left the country reeling. “Corruption has run rampant in Lebanon,… Read More

A hidden tycoon, African explosives, and a loan from a notorious bank: questionable connections surround Beirut explosion shipment

OCCRP – Since the devastating explosion of a store of ammonium nitrate in Beirut’s port on August 4, Lebanese citizens have taken to the streets in shock, outrage, and grief. Above all, they have demanded answers: Where did the nearly 3,000 tons of explosive chemicals come from, and who… Read More
18th August 2020
The Trump administration is readying new rounds of sanctions against Syria, U.S. officials said, planning to expand its blacklist by focusing on financial-support networks outside the war-torn nation in a renewed effort to coerce Damascus into peace talks. As President Bashar al-Assad has secured military and political gains in… Read More
13th August 2020
The Trump administration is preparing to impose anticorruption sanctions against prominent Lebanese politicians and businessmen in an effort to weaken Hezbollah’s influence in the aftermath of last week’s explosion in Beirut’s port, according to U.S. officials and others familiar with the plans. The blast, which killed at least… Read More
13th August 2020
By Hazem Ameen and Alia Ibrahim (Daraj.com) and Tom Stocks, Riad Kobaissi, and Rana Sabbagh (OCCRP), 11 August 2020 OCCRP – Offshore companies owned by the governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon have quietly invested in overseas assets worth nearly US$100 million in recent years, even as he has… Read More
7th August 2020
Lebanon’s central bank has ordered a freeze on the accounts of the heads of Beirut port and Lebanese customs along with five others, following the Beirut port warehouse blast that rocked the capital, according to a central bank directive seen by Reuters and confirmed by the central bank. The directive,… Read More
6th August 2020
At first glance, the shipping trailers that arrived at the Italian port of Salerno appeared to contain only paper, rolled up on giant industrial spools as tall as a man. But when an investigator sliced into one of the rolls with an electric saw, he unleashed an avalanche of little… Read More
21st July 2020
New U.S. sanctions targeting the Syrian government appear to also undermine Hezbollah in Lebanon. Experts say the measures are alienating Hezbollah from its political allies in Lebanon and weakening its usage of state institutions to assist the Syrian regime. The sanctions, introduced on June 17 and known as the Caesar… Read More
19th June 2020
The Syrian first lady, Asma al-Assad, has been named in the first round of new US sanctions that are certain to intensify pressure on the embattled regime and its backers as the country’s crippled economy continues to wither. The law, known as the Caesar Act, came into effect on Wednesday,… Read More
15th June 2020
Its currency has plunged by 70% since April, more than half its people face food scarcity, and hopes of rebuilding a country shattered by war continue to ebb. Syria seems barely able to absorb new shocks, but new US sanctions that take effect next week, could devastate what is left… Read More
29th May 2020
Lebanon’s parliament Thursday adopted a law to lift banking secrecy for public officials including over corruption or funding “terrorism”, a lawmaker said, after months of protests in the crisis-hit country. But the final text did not allow judges to independently order a disclosure, in a last-minute change that an activist… Read More
24th May 2020
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