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How Hezbollah’s Terrorist Financing Roots Grew into the Drug World

Understanding why Hezbollah has deep roots in the drug trade requires a historical view of Lebanon. Read More

US sanctions squeezing Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon

AP — The conflict between Iran and the U.S. that has created tensions throughout much of the Middle East is now also being felt in Lebanon, where Washington has slapped sanctions on the Iran-backed Hezbollah and warned they could soon expand to its allies, further deepening the tiny Arab country’s… Read More

Lebanon’s Jammal Trust Bank forced to close by U.S. sanctions

Lebanon’s Jammal Trust Bank has been forced to wind itself down after being hit last month by U.S. sanctions for allegedly helping to fund the Iran-backed Hezbollah movement, the bank said on Thursday. The central bank said the value of the bank’s assets, and its share of the national deposit… Read More
11th September 2019
The United States on Tuesday announced sanctions on a “wide range of terrorists and their supporters,” including the Palestinian group Hamas and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, on the eve of the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. The targets include 15 leaders, individuals and entities affiliated with groups… Read More
2nd September 2019
Lebanon said it will investigate Jammal Trust Bank SAL after the U.S. blacklisted the lender for allegedly facilitating banking for the Iran-backed Hezbollah movement. The central bank is to monitor the bank’s operations and look to see if it has violated the law, Governor Riad Salameh said in an… Read More
30th August 2019
The United States on Thursday sanctioned Lebanon-based Jammal Trust Bank SAL and its subsidiaries for allegedly facilitating the financial activities of Hezbollah, according to the Treasury Department, which said the bank funnels money to the families of suicide bombers. The United States is determined to cut off support in Lebanon… Read More
10th July 2019
The U.S. Treasury added three top Hezbollah figures to its list of sanctioned individuals on Tuesday, including two members of the Lebanese Parliament and a security official responsible for coordinating between Hezbollah and Lebanon’s security agencies. The designations were part of U.S. efforts to counter the Iranian-backed Hezbollah’s “corrupting influence… Read More
20th May 2019
AP — Lebanon’s health minister — named to the post by the country’s Hezbollah group — said Saturday he has overcome U.S. concerns about his ministry potentially funneling finances to the militant organization by gaining public trust and ensuring transparency. Jamil Jabak told The Associated Press that although he is… Read More
26th April 2019
The U.S. Treasury, moving to boost pressure on Hezbollah, imposed sanctions on Wednesday against two people and three firms that Washington accuses of being involved in schemes to help the armed Shi’ite group backed by Iran evade American sanctions. The Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said it was… Read More
25th April 2019
AP — The Trump administration on Wednesday granted important exemptions to new sanctions on Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, watering down the effects of the measures while also eliminating an aspect that would have complicated U.S. foreign policy efforts. Foreign governments and businesses that have dealings with the Revolutionary Guard and its… Read More
11th April 2019
Lebanon’s Hezbollah raised the prospect of retaliation by Iran and its allies over U.S. sanctions, saying on Wednesday that all options were on the table were Washington to take steps that “threaten our nation”. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the heavily armed Iranian-backed Shi’ite group, said the United States’ move… Read More
22nd March 2019
U.S. sanctions on Hezbollah are harming Lebanon as a whole, President Michel Aoun said on Thursday ahead of a visit to the country by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The United States deems the heavily armed, Iran-backed Hezbollah group a terrorist organization and has been steadily increasing financial sanctions… Read More
26th February 2019
The UK will blacklist Hezbollah’s political wing over the group’s alleged role in destabilizing Syria, Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced Monday. The move, which requires parliamentarian approval and is expected to take effect as early as Friday, would follow proscriptions of the Shi’ite group’s External Security Organisation in 2001 and… Read More