U.S. hits Hezbollah top brass with new sanctions

The US Treasury had previously designated Nasrallah for disrupting the Middle East peace process in 1995 and for actions in Syria in 2012. EPA  AL-MANAR TV GRAB

The US Treasury had previously designated Nasrallah for disrupting the Middle East peace process in 1995 and for actions in Syria in 2012. EPA AL-MANAR TV GRAB

"The TFTC again demonstrated its great value to worldwide security by disrupting Iran and Hezballah's destabilizing influence in the region".

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

A number of other individuals and firms, which are said to be affiliated with Hezbollah, were also hit with bans.

In addition, the other six TFTC member countries, namely Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), also designated the key Hezballah-affiliated individuals and entities, which have already been on the USA blacklist. It is comprised of 12 members who are tasked with making the group's tactical decisions and oversee its activities countrywide.

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In a statement on its website, the US Treasury Department said that it had imposed sanctions on the members of Hezbollah Shura council in partnership with Saudi Arabia and other Persian gulf Arab states. The Lebanon-based group is backed by Iran. He is the current leader of the Judicial Council and has overseen a military command in central Lebanon that provides logistical and training support to "Hezbollah".

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.

The latest U.S. sanctions came one day after the Treasury Department slapped sanctions on governor of Iran's Central Bank Valiollah Seif, alleging it had funneled funds to Hezbollah. Haley blames Iran, Hamas for Gaza violence US adds head of Iran's central bank to terrorist list, imposes sanctions Trump offers hope for peace in recorded remarks at US Embassy opening in Jerusalem MORE said.

The sanctions by Gulf states follow two U.S. moves this month to put pressure on Iran's financial networks, including sanctions announced Tuesday aimed at an alleged financial pipeline that moved "hundreds of millions of dollars" from Iran's central bank through an Iraqi bank to Hezbollah. They call the Shia group a terrorist organization.

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