US Believes Hezbollah Determined to Give Itself Option to Attack Inside US

Liberman Warns: Next Northern Border Confrontation Will Immediately Become a Battle on Two Fronts
Lieberman: Lebanon's army is 'integral part of the Hezbollah network'
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11 Octubre, 2017

Nevertheless, Hizbullah's move to front-and-center on the US terror watch - with an apparent accompanying and unambiguous identification of Hizbullah as a terrorist organization - comes as part of President Trump's new Iranian strategy of pursuing Tehran's proxies in the region.

The US State Department said on Tuesday that it will pay up to $7 million for tips about Talal Hamiyah, head of Hezbollah's foreign operations, and $5 million for Fu'ad Shukr, a top military officer of the movement.

He also blamed the US for delaying the battle against the ISIS Takfiri terrorist outfit on the Lebanese-Syrian border. One of the wanted men was instrumental in the 1983 attack on the Marines barrack in Beirut that killed 241 US military personnel.

Supporters of Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah chant slogans and gesture during a rally marking Al-Quds day in Beirut's southern suburbs in Lebanon on June 23.

Now, the US and Israel see their interests at stake as their proxy militants have been dealt heavy blows amid sweeping advances by Syrian government forces on the battlefield.

Israeli leaders frequently warn Lebanon that the country's army and civilian infrastructure would be overwhelmingly targeted if Hezbollah attacks from civilian areas.

Israel's military believes Hezbollah has between 100,000 and 120,000 short- and medium-range missiles and rockets, as well as several hundred long-range missiles, with the medium-range missiles capable of reaching Tel Aviv. Shukr is a senior military commander inside of Lebanon and a member of Hezbollah's Jihad Council.

It is the first time in a decade that the U.S.is offering rewards for Hezbollah operatives under its counterterrorism rewards program.

"Our entire effort is to prevent the next war, but in the 'new' Middle East, the assessments we have previously known, such as low probability [of an outbreak], have simply become irrelevant, our reality is fragile", Liberman commented.

Designating the group as a terrorist organization is "not merely symbolic", he continued.

"Hezbollah has no political wing".

American intelligence officials will be working more closely with allies around the world to counter Hezbollah in response to its growing threat. "It is a single organization, a terrorist organization", he claimed.


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