His fall would therefore deal a major blow to Tehran, significantly weaken Hizballah
, and dismantle the trilateral axis--the forces that may dominate Syria in the future are unlikely to seek an alliance with actors that helped Assad butcher his people.
Most striking, despite winning the 2009 parliamentary elections, the pro-west March 14 coalition that orchestrated the Cedar Revolution is today once again at the mercy of Hizballah
, Iran, and Syria.
Back in the Middle East, the Israelis discovered and disrupted a series of Israeli-Arab cells working for Hizballah
in return for money and frequently drugs.
The foundations of Hizballah
were laid years before the Iranian revolution, in the ties that bound the Shi'i ulama (religious scholars) of Iran and Lebanon.
Part of OFAC's explanation for the action reaffirmed American insistence of no distinction between Hezbollah's political and military wings, using a quote by Hezbollah's Raad: "Hizballah
itself makes no distinction between its military and political wings, as Hizballah
's own leaders have acknowledged publicly, including Muhammad Hasan Ra'd, who said in 2001, 'Hizballah
is a military resistance party ...
Salman is a senior leader of Hizballah
operating in Lebanon.
"With Iranian support, Lebanese Hizballah
has successfully exceeded 2006 Lebanon conflict armament levels.
The financial sanctions that the Trump administration is placing on Iran, Hizballah
and many more of these organizations, is a good start when it comes to countering them."
The U.S., Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates targeted "members of Hizballah
's Shura Council [and] the primary decision-making body of Hizballah
," the statement said.
Ali Youssef Charara He is a member and financier of Hizballah
's who uses his company , Spectrum Investment Group Holdings SAL as a front to finance Hizballah
A number of exchange houses are reportedly used to facilitate money laundering and terrorism financing, including by Hizballah
, which the United States has designated as a terrorist organization, though the Government of Lebanon does not recognize this designation.
(9) Although Gaza VNSAs may be a more active threat, Hizballah
, a VNSA operating from Lebanon, is a substantially greater one.