Justice Dept. reopens Hezbollah drug probes

Hezbollah terrorists attend a ceremony on ‘Martyr’s Day

Hezbollah terrorists attend a ceremony on ‘Martyr’s Day

"The team will initiate prosecutions that will restrict the flow of money to foreign terrorist organizations as well as disrupt violent worldwide drug trafficking operations", Sessions said. The allegations were reportedly not pursued by the previous administration because of Iranian sensitivities.

But, according to Politico, the Obama White House blocked the DEA's requests for further investigations and prosecutions while it was negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran.

Us Attorney General John Sessions has ordered the Justice Department to investigate whether the Obama administration thwarted drug prosecutions related to Hezbollah for fear of jeopardising a nuclear deal with Iran. They tracked the river of dirty cash as it was laundered by, among other tactics, buying American used cars and shipping them to Africa.

"The Justice Department will leave no stone unturned in order to eliminate threats to our citizens from terrorist organizations and to stem the tide of the devastating drug crisis", Sessions said in a statement.

Following the damning Politico report, Sessions announced Justice would review Project Cassandra.

According to U.S. sources, Washington's step comes in the framework of its escalatory pressures to stop the spread of Iran's influence in the Middle East and to restrict "Hezbollah's" military powers in the region.

The project was initially started in 2008 by the Drug Enforcement Administration, with the help of 30 other US and foreign agencies, and reportedly discovered a $1 billion per year operation that included weapons, drug trafficking and money laundering used to fund Hezbollah, according to Politico last month.

"The team will initiate prosecutions that will restrict the flow of money to foreign terrorist organisations as well as disrupt violent worldwide drug trafficking operations".

The announcement comes as the U.S. prepares to look at sanctions against Iran.

The US announcement to resume its crackdown against Hezbollah signals that the Trump administration could be prepared to break away from the Iran nuclear deal, which gives Iran relief from sanctions in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program.

The president must sign a series of waivers every few months to maintain the suspension of sanctions on Iran and to keep the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) deal fully intact.

Obama officials denied that claim, saying that interagency spats and broader concerns about USA interests caused the problems.

The U.S. State Department designated Hezbollah as a terrorist group in 1997.

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