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U.S. Targets Hezbollah Supporters for Operations in West Africa

June 11, 2013

The U.S. Treasury Department said it sanctioned four Lebanese supporters of Hezbollah to limit the organization’s efforts to raise funds and recruit members in West Africa.

“As Hezbollah continues to use its global network of operatives and supporters to extend its malign influence beyond the borders of Lebanon, we will continue to use all tools at our disposal take action to disrupt these efforts,” Treasury Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David Cohen said today in a statement. “These actions are increasingly important as the funding from Hezbollah’s traditional patron, Iran, is squeezed by international sanctions.”

The designations that Treasury put on Ali Ibrahim al-Watfa, Abbas Loutfe Fawaz, Ali Ahmad Chehade and Hicham Nmer Khanafer limit their ability to do business with U.S. citizens and their assets under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen.

According to the statement, they are responsible for Hezbollah fundraising and recruitment activities in Sierra Leone, Senegal, Ivory Coast and Gambia.

To contact the reporter on this story: Kasia Klimasinska in Washington at kklimasinska@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Chris Wellisz at cwellisz@bloomberg.net


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