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US, Gulf states slap sanctions on Hezbollah leadership

US, Gulf states slap sanctions on Hezbollah leadership

The U.S. and its Gulf allies on Wednesday announced sanctions against Islamist militant political party Hezbollah, citing its involvement with Iran.

Specifically, TFTC seven member states imposed economic sanctions on Hassan Nasrallah, the Secretary General of Hezbollah; Naim Qasim; Muhammad Yazbak; Husayn Al Khalil; and Ibrahim Al Amin Al Sayyid.

The bans were mainly targeted at Shura Council, the primary decision-making body of the resistance movement.

The measures were imposed jointly by Washington and its partners in the Terrorist Financing and Targeting Center (TFTC), which includes Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and United Arab Emirates, it said.

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.

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.

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The US Treasury Department said four other individuals were also sanctioned, as was the group Daesh in the Greater Sahara, which was designated as a foreign terrorist organization.

On Tuesday, the USA imposed sanctions on Iran's central bank governor and an Iraq-based bank for "moving millions of dollars" for Iran's Revolutionary Guard.

Nasrallah was designated for acting for or on behalf of "Hezbollah", which he has led since 1992.

Yazbeck is one of "Hezbollah's" original founders.

Hezbollah was formed following the Israeli regime's invasion of Lebanon and the ensuing occupation of its southern parts in 1980s, and now constitutes Lebanon's de facto military power. He has supervised training camps and the smuggling of weapons, and hosted experts from Iran's IRGC to train "Hezbollah" fighters on weapons systems.

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. He was "Hezbollah's" first official spokesperson and was involved in the formation of "Hezbollah".


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