Trump Takes New Aim at Hizbullah, Part of Tougher Iran Stance

(Politico) Bryan Bender - The Trump administration on Friday plans to roll out a new public campaign aimed at cracking down more forcefully on Hizbullah in Lebanon, part of a broader effort to counter its chief backer, Iran. The new push will include cash rewards for its "most wanted" operatives, stepping up U.S. intelligence and law enforcement efforts, and enlisting allies to do more to undermine the group's global network, administration officials said Thursday. The officials noted charges in June against Samer El Debek and Ali Kourani. El Debek "allegedly conducted missions in Panama to locate the U.S. and Israeli embassies and to assess the vulnerabilities of the Panama Canal and ships in the canal." Meanwhile, "Kourani allegedly conducted surveillance of potential targets in America, including military and law enforcement facilities in New York City," according to the U.S. Justice Department. "It is not just an Israeli problem," an official said.

2017-10-06 00:00:00

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