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Iran and Hezbollah Still Pose Terror Threat

By ACFEI Staff2, CHS-III      ( 0 ) Comments   |   Published On Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Iran and Hezbollah Still Pose Terror Threat

According to Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Benjamin, the State Department’s counterterrorism coordinator, “Hezbollah and Iran will both continue to maintain a heightened level of terrorist activity and operations in the near future," and could launch attacks "with little or no warning,"

Hezbollah is a Lebanon based Shiite militant group that holds significant ties to Iran. According to Benjamin, "They certainly have been the subject of law enforcement actions in the past primarily for fundraising and illicit activities related to that, but we do not have any information on operational targeting or anything like that in the U.S., but that said, it's a very ambitious group with global reach."

These comments come out on the same day the U.S. Treasury Department announced sanctions against Hezbollah for its support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s violent regime. Back in 1995, Hezbollah was designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the United States.

Another U.S. official claimed that the group was responsible for killing more American’s than any other terrorist group until the September 11th, 2001 attacks.

Speaking more about the ties between Syria and Hezbollah, Cohen said the repression of al-Assad's regime "is intolerable and we believe there is high priority on exposing the support Hezbollah has given to Syrian government." While Hezbollah is already subject to a wide range of U.S. sanctions, Cohen states, the purpose of such designations is "not solely focused on the immediate financial impact" of an organization, but to expose the activity of the party designated to the rest of the world, for conduct that led to it."

Crawford, Jamie (2012, August). U.S. Official: Hezbollah, Iran continue to pose terror threat. http://www.cnn.com. Retrieved August 15, 2012, from http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2012/08/10/u-s-official-hezbollah-iran-continue-to-pose-terror-threat/?iref=allsearch



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