Hezbollah official: U.S. trying to ‘demonize’ the group

Israel National News reports: “A Hezbollah official said on Wednesday that the multimillion dollar reward offered by the Trump administration in return for information leading to the arrest of two senior members of the group is part of ongoing U.S. efforts to ‘demonize’ Hezbollah.

The new U.S. measures, including recent sanctions, will not affect Hezbollah’s operational activities, the official told The Associated Press.

On Tuesday, the State Department’s Counterterrorism Bureau said it would give $7 million and $5 million, respectively, for information leading to the capture of Talal Hamiyah and Fuad Shuk

Hamiyah is the head of the organization’s External Security Organization, its ‘element responsible for the planning, coordination, and execution of terrorist attacks outside of Lebanon’, the State Department said.

Shukr is a senior operative who played a central role in planning and carrying out the 1983 bombing of a U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Beirut that killed 241 American service personnel.

Nicholas J. Rasmussen, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, said before announcing the reward that the U.S. believes that Hezbollah is determined to give itself an option to carry out attacks inside the United States…”

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