On July 2, the U.S. Department of State designated Husain Ali Hazzima, Chief of Hezbollah Intelligence, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT). This designation cuts off key Hezbollah resources that help the Lebanon-based Iranian terrorist proxy plan and implement terrorist attacks, and deprives Hazzima access to the United States’ financial system.
This action builds upon recent U.S. efforts to disrupt Hezbollah’s terrorist activities. In October, the U.S. Department of Treasury designated Hezbollah as a top five Transnational Organized Crime (TOC) threat to the United States, and created a TOC Task Force with a subcommittee specifically targeting Hezbollah, to operate alongside the Hezbollah Financing and Narcoterrorism Team (HFNT) that Treasury set up in January 2018. This year, the State Department also renewed its requests for information on Hezbollah in return for compensation in its Rewards for Justice (RFJ) program, and issued new designations on individuals and groups for their ties to the terrorist organization, including on Jawad Nasrallah, a son of the leader of Hezbollah, and the Gaza-based al-Mujahidin Brigades (AMB).
Hezbollah’s mission includes the destruction of Israel and the United States. With 45,000 fighters and an estimated 150,000 rockets and missiles, Hezbollah is more powerful than many national armies and is among the top threats facing Israel. The United States designated Hezbollah as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) in 1997 and as a SDGT in 2001.
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