Treasury Department Sanctions Hezbollah Members, Islamic State Faction

Elias Hubbard
May 17, 2018

The U.S. sanctions, which were also implemented by Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates, targeted longtime Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.

Wednesday, may 16, the United States and the seven States of the Gulf announced the introduction of personal sanctions against the leadership of Hizbullah.

The Shura Council is Hezbollah's premier decision-making body responsible for religious, military, and strategic matters and asserts control over administrative, planning, and policy-making authorities.

The move expands USA sanctions against Nasrallah, who was sanctioned by Washington in 1995 for threatening to disrupt the Middle East peace process and again in 2012 over Syria.

This was revealed in a statement on Wednesday by the US Treasury Department in Washington.

Specifically, OFAC, together with Gulf partners, designated Hasan Nasrallah, the Secretary General of Hezbollah. He has also managed "Hezbollah's" bank accounts.

Nasrallah past year dismissed the prospect of tougher USA sanctions against his group.

In addition, Saudi Arabia has already designated, Hashem Safieddine, Adham Tabaja, Al-Inmaa Group, and Al-Inmaa Engineering and Contracting, according to the Law of Combating the Crimes of Terrorism and it's Financing.

"The American administration, with all available and possible means, will not be able to damage the strength of the resistance", Nasrallah said on August 13 in a televised address to mark the anniversary of the end of Hezbollah's 2006 war with Israel.

The move came 10 days after Hezbollah gave a strong showing in Lebanon's elections, garnering enough seats in parliament to block any attempt by its political foes to make it disarm its militia, which rivals the Lebanese army in size and firepower.

Tensions have increased among the U.S., Iran, and Shiite Muslim groups in the Middle East over the past week after President TrumpDonald John TrumpOregon governor to face state rep in November Ashford, Eastman neck and neck in Nebraska Dem primary Progressive pick Wild wins Dem primary for Pa. House seat MORE announced he would pull the U.S. from the multination Iran nuclear deal.

Last week, the U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions against six individuals and three companies it said were funneling millions of dollars to the Revolutionary Guard's external arm, Quds Force.

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