Treasury Department Sanctions Hezbollah Members, Islamic State Faction

Saudi Arabia adds Hezbollah men to terrorist list

The US and Saudi-led Terrorist Financing and Targeting Center said the sanctions were aimed at Hezbollah's Shura Council, the powerful Lebanese militia's decision-making council, led by the Shiite group's secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah.

At the same time, the six Gulf members of the TFTC - Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates - declared sanctions on another nine individuals and firms part of or linked to Hezbollah that were already blacklisted by the US Treasury.

Wednesday's sanctions targeted members of the primary decision-making body of Hezbollah, Treasury said in a statement.

The move freezes the accounts of Hezbollah's top two officials - Sayyed Nasrallah and Naim Qassem.

The U.S. Treasury announced Wednesday it has imposed sanctions on Hezbollah leadership as well as other individuals and another group, a move it claimed to "disrupt an Iranian-backed terrorist group".

These designations follow U.S President Trump's decision last week to cease USA participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and to begin reimposing US nuclear-related sanctions on the Iranian regime.

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In addition to Nasrallah and Qassem, the USA also imposed sanctions on Mohammad Yazbek, Hussein al-Khalil and Ibrahim al-Amin al-Sayyid.

Secretary Steven Mnuchin said there is no distinction between the group's so-called "political wing" and its terror plotting faction.

TFTC member states further designated key Hezbollah affiliated individuals and entities, including Talal Hamiyah, Ali Youssef Charara, Spectrum Group, Hasan Ebrahimi, Maher Trading, Hashem Safieddine, Adham Tabaja, Al-Inmaa Group, and Al-Inmaa Engineering and Contracting, all of whom were previously designated by the U.S.

Five members of the Hezbollah Shura Council were also designated as terrorists.

Yazbeck is one of "Hezbollah's" original founders. He has supervised training camps and the smuggling of weapons, and hosted experts from Iran's IRGC to train "Hezbollah" fighters on weapons systems.

If the Trump administration can find a way to end Qatar's funding of Iran's terror proxies as well as its ties with Iran in general, it would help them in cracking down on Iran's financial support of terrorism.

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