U.S. sanctions four members of Hezbollah
The Treasury Department sanctioned four members of Hezbollah on Thursday.
August 22nd, 2013
01:19 PM ET

U.S. sanctions four members of Hezbollah

By Jamie Crawford

The United States sanctioned four senior members of Hezbollah on Thursday for their alleged roles in facilitating terrorist activity in Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and other countries.

The Lebanon-based Shiite organization, which is a member of the Lebanese government, has already been branded a terrorist group by the United States.

"Whether ferrying foreign fighters to the front lines of the Syrian civil war or inserting clandestine operatives in Europe, the Middle East, and elsewhere, Hezbollah remains a significant global terrorist threat," said David Cohen, Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence.

Those sanctioned include Khalil Harb, who once headed a unit dedicated to terror activities in countries surrounding Israel, Treasury said.

Muhammad Kawtharani, said to be the leader of Hezbollah's operations in Iraq, was also named.

Treasury said Kawtharani was involved in funneling fighters from Iraq into Syria to support the government of Bashar al-Assad, whose forces are fighting rebels in a civil war.

Two others were sanctioned for their alleged roles in targeting tourist destinations in Egypt popular with Israelis and other international travelers, as well as transporting arms and equipment to Palestinian militants.

Cohen told reporters that Hezbollah is sustained by "very significant" level of funding by the Iranian government in the range of "millions and millions of dollars" over the years.

Hezbollah has been implicated in the bombing of a bus in Bulgaria last year that killed five Israeli tourists, along with targeting diplomats in Thailand and India.

The latest action freezes any U.S.-related assets held by the four men and prohibits any American from doing business with them.

Cohen also touched on the "practical impact" such designations have beyond U.S. borders.

"We have got extensive examples where we know that financial institutions around the world have taken account of the designations we make and bar the financial activity of those being designated," he said.

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  1. In home personal training

    Wait Iran is funding Hezbollah? How can that be Iran is such a peaceful nation, they would never spread Hate and anger! :)

    April 2, 2014 at 8:05 am | Reply
  2. Peppy

    Don't cross this line, ooops I mean this line, errrrr I mean this line, what a joke we have for a pres, a true embarrassment !!!!!

    August 26, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Reply
  3. davecu

    All your base are belong to us!

    August 24, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Reply
  4. john smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    August 24, 2013 at 12:12 am | Reply
    • David

      We didnt start the war, we finished it though

      August 25, 2013 at 9:15 pm | Reply
  5. john

    why would hezbollah be a "global" threat? there presence is and always was only in Lebanon until they entered syria? and why would they go out of their way to bomb a tour bus that is carrying diplomats from India and Thailand? the media portrays them as terrorist when our government can't even pull their weight stop sending foreign aid and worry about whats going on in the U.S. our country needs alot of improvement and quite frankly this new generation is gunna ruin this goverment, and country. All they think about is social media and technology.

    August 23, 2013 at 12:30 am | Reply
  6. Phelix Unger

    This is a job for splinter cell. Go ahead put the scenario into the game, it won't take but 48 to 72 hours and the right way to eliminate santioned individuals would be at your feet.

    Athough I did like your answer GP. Funny

    As for gp2, you didn't hear that the Al Qeda network announcement that all trolls were to stop as its way to find you, just like the last courier.

    So stop, do as your told, and step away from the keyboard.

    August 22, 2013 at 7:56 pm | Reply
  7. George patton

    it would have been more exciting to hear U.S. droned four members of Hezbollah.

    August 22, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      Evidently Phunnie boy, the right-wing thugs in Washington believe that it's somehow more humane to starve these people to death rather than butcher them all at once. It's just as repulsive either way!!!

      August 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Reply

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