US sanctions Hezbollah networks in Iraq, son of group leader

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The United States imposed sanctions on Tuesday on four people linked to Lebanon's Hezbollah, who are coordinating the activities of the Iran-backed group in Iraq and have named its leader's son as a global terrorist.

The US Treasury added Shibl Muhsin Ubayd al-Zaydi, Yusuf Hashim, Adnan Hussein Kawtharani and Muhammad Abd-al-Hadi Farhat to his list of global terrorist terrorists.

Al-Zaydi is Iraqi and the others are Lebanese.

The state department named Jawad Nasrallah, son of Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, as a specially designated global terrorist and described him as an "emerging Hezbollah leader".

Recognized as a terrorist movement by the United States, Hezbollah is a group of Lebanese Shia Muslims with heavy weapons, backed by Iran and one of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's main allies. Iran is also supporting Shia militias in Iraq.

According to the statement from the Ministry of Finance, the four people "lead and coordinate the operational, intelligence and financial (Hezbollah) activities in Iraq".

The Treasury accused al-Zaydi of smuggling Iranian and Iranian oil, raising funds for Hezbollah and sending fighters to Syria for the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

In late October, Washington tightened anti-Hezbollah legislation to cut the group's funding channels worldwide, adopting amendments to the 2015 Hezbollah Funding Prevention Act (HIFPA) .

Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, said earlier this year that increased US pressure on the group would not yield results.

Hezbollah was not immediately available for comment.

Report by Lisa Barrington, edited by William Maclean

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