UAE imposes sanctions on senior Hezbollah leadership

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Coming after the Trump administration withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal on May 8, the US Treasury said Wednesdays actions are part of a efforts to go after "the totality of Iran's malign activities and regionally destabilizing behavior, including that of Hezbollah".

The sanctions target Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah, his deputy Naim Qassem and other figures and entities.

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.

Hezbollah's Shura Council was targeted according to a statement released by the U.S Treasury, "specifically Hasan Nasrallah, the Secretary-General" of the group.

"The TFTC again demonstrated its great value to global security by disrupting Iran and Hezbollah's destabilizing influence in the region", U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

The sanctions were imposed by the Treasury and seven-member nations of the Terrorist Financing and Targeting Center (TFTC) that is co-chaired by Saudi Arabia and is comprised of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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

Hezbollah is a Shiite militia based in Lebanon, where its political arm recently expanded its influence by making gains in parliamentary elections. "It is right that Israel fully supports".

The statement published on the Treasury's website claimed Hezbollah is prolonging the situation in Iraq, Syria and Yemen "under the dictates" of Iran's Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC), "putting the Lebanese state and the Lebanese people at risk, and destabilizing the entire region".

In particular, the black list includes the leader of "Hezbollah" Hassan Nasrallah and Qassem, and several members of the Executive Committee of the group. They call the Shia group a terrorist organization. Since President Donald Trump announced the policy-shift on Iran, the US has sanctioned the nation's central bank governor and an Iran-linked currency exchange network.

Besides Hezbollah and Russia, Iran has also been providing military advisory support to the Syrian army in its battles against foreign-backed terror groups.

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