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US Escalates against Hezbollah, Address Embassy Issue Later

By (New York Morning) /October 12, 2017

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The United States has offered a bounty of a cumulative twelve million dollars for two top Hezbollah officials. The extremely high price for these two men is reported to be due because of a potential attack being plotted by the Iranian backed group in the United States.

A $7-million bounty applies to Talal Hamiyah, head of Hezbollah’s external operations. Another $5 million is being offered for Fuad Shukr, the group’s senior military official, accused of masterminding a 1983 Beirut barracks bombing that killed 241 US Marines.


This news comes as Washington is contemplating the decision to cancel the Iran Nuclear Deal. Hezbollah is “focused on US interests, including here in the homeland,” National Counterterrorism Center Director Nicholas J. Rasmussen told reporters at the State Department Tuesday.

“Hezbollah has no political wing. It is a single organization, a terrorist organization, and it is rotten to its core,” Counterterrorism Coordinator Nathan A. Sales said, pointing to Iran as the group’s chief sponsor.

A well informed source in Washington told NY Morning that the entire administration appears to be on the same page with regards to tightening security and focusing efforts against Hezbollah. The source continued that there are two main reasons besides the security threat directly posed on the US by Hezbollah for this high bounty and focus on Hezbollah, one being the close relationship and funding of Hezbollah by Iran. The other to appease Israel, to which the United States was unable to follow up with a promise Trump initially made to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and has recently expressed the eminent danger Hezbollah poses to the state and the region as a whole.


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