U.S. imposes fresh sanctions on Hezbollah leaders

US Sanctions Target 'Hezbollah' Chief, Deputy, Other Officials and Entities

US hits Hezbollah top brass with new sanctions

The US Treasury Department said in a statement on Wednesday that the sanctions targeted Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and his deputy, Sheikh Naim Qassem, as well as three other officials with the movement.

Washington said it was sanctioning five members of the Shiite militia's Shura council - its top decision making forum.

In particular, the black list includes the leader of "Hezbollah" Hassan Nasrallah and Qassem, and several members of the Executive Committee of the group.

The United States and six Gulf Arab states announced sanctions Wednesday on the leadership of Hezbollah, as Washington seeks to step up economic pressure on Iran and its allies in the region after US President Donald Trump withdrew this month from the 2015 nuclear deal.

In 2016, the six Arab Sunni powers of the Gulf Co-operation Council - Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman - designated Hezbollah a terrorist organization.

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The US Treasury Department said four other individuals were also sanctioned, as was the group ISIS in the Greater Sahara.

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.

"What these emails show is that a number of senior Qatari government officials have developed cordial relations with senior figures in Iran's Revolutionary Guard, as well as a number of Iranian-sponsored terrorist organizations", a senior USA security official told the Telegraph.

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. "By targeting Hezballah's Shura Council, our nations collectively rejected the false distinction between a so-called "Political Wing" and Hezballah's global terrorist plotting", Mnuchin added in the statement. It is noted that the group is the faithful satellite of Iran, spreading the terrorist threat. The group shares financial intelligence to target terrorist financing networks.

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