26 Oct 2020
The United States has imposed sanctions on two officials from the Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah, the U.S. Treasury Department said, including one who served as a senior military commander in the south of the country.
Nabil Qaouk, a member of the group’s executive council who fought during Israel’s 1982-2000 military occupation of south Lebanon, and Hassan al-Baghdadi were both designated “for being leaders or officials” of Hezbollah.
The United States deems Hezbollah, the heavily armed, Iran-backed group which is also a powerful political presence in Lebanon, to be a terrorist group. It has sanctioned several Hezbollah members, including its leader and deputy leader.
The U.S. Treasury said Qaouk and Baghdadi were members of a Hezbollah council responsible for electing its highest decision-making body, the Shura Council, “which formulates policy and asserts control over all aspects of (Hezbollah’s) activities, including its military activities.”
By Dominic Evans, Reuters, 23 October 2020
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