“No Distinction”: US Sanctions Hezbollah Members Of Lebanese Parliament For First Time

The Trump administration has over the past months taken more aggressive sanctions measures on Hezbollah leadership amid the ongoing heightened tensions with Iran, given the Lebanese Shia paramilitary group has long been seen as an arm of the Ayatollahs on the Mediterranean. 

But on Tuesday the US Treasury Department took the historically unprecedented step of placing two Hezbollah representatives in Lebanon’s parliament on its sanctions blacklist

File photo of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah with Lebanese President Michel Aoun, years prior to Aoun’s election. Image source: Reuters

Starting in 2018 Hezbollah and parties considered aligned with Hezbollah vastly increased their presence and power in parliament — which created an awkward and delicate situation given limited US military aid to the Lebanese Army, which itself maintains a quietly cooperative stance the country’s most powerful militia, especially in anti-ISIS operations of the past years related to the war in Syria…https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-07-09/no-distinction-us-takes-unprecedented-step-sanctioning-hezbollah-mps

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