The US Treasury imposes sanctions on two Lebanese Hezbollah leaders

The US Treasury imposes sanctions on two Lebanese Hezbollah leaders
The US Treasury imposes sanctions on two Lebanese Hezbollah leaders
On Thursday, the US Treasury Department announced the imposition of sanctions against two members of the Central Council of Hezbollah, Nabil Qaouk and Hassan Al-Baghdadi.

The ministry said, in statementThe party’s central council is responsible for determining and electing the highest decision-making body in the group, which is the Shura Council.

The Shura Council works to formulate policies and ensure control over all aspects of Hezbollah’s activities, including the military.

Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin said, “Senior Hezbollah leaders are responsible for creating and implementing the terrorist organization’s destabilizing agenda (which includes) violence against the interests of the United States and the interests of our partners around the world.”

“We must continue to hold Hezbollah responsible for its horrific actions as we approach the 37th anniversary of Hezbollah’s bombing of the US Marine barracks in Beirut,” he added.

Kaouq and Al-Baghdadi are designated under Executive Order 13224 and its amendments, which target terrorists, leaders of terrorist groups and those who support them.

According to the ministry’s statement, Qaouk worked in the Executive Council of Hezbollah, which in turn oversees the party’s social and economic activities, and worked in the Central Council.

In recent years, Kaouk has spoken publicly on behalf of Hezbollah, threatening war with Israel, denouncing the American presence in the region, and praising Hezbollah’s use of guerrilla warfare, which has undermined security in Lebanon.

Kaouk delivered speeches on behalf of Hezbollah at several ceremonies commemorating the dead terrorists of the group, including Imad Mughniyeh and the commander of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Qassem Soleimani.

Al-Baghdadi participated in political events and delivered speeches in the name of Hezbollah, and in many of them he praised the Secretary-General of the party, Hassan Nasrallah, and defended the targeting of Americans.

In 2020, Al-Baghdadi attended a seminar during which he praised the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and its fighters in Syria and Iraq for attacking US military bases.

The sanctions affect all property and interests associated with Qawooq and Al-Baghdadi, directly or indirectly, individually or with other banned persons, that are in the United States or in the possession of Americans.

Sanctions also prohibit any dealings that persons from or through the United States have with the persons imposed upon them.

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