The U.S. Treasury said on Monday it was sanctioning suspected Hezbollah operative Ali Mussa Daqduq for orchestrating several attacks on U.S. and allied troops in Iraq. The sanctions will freeze any U.S. assets he has and prohibit U.S. entities and Americans from working with him.
Over the past two years, US pressure on Lebanese banks reached unprecedented levels. The main indicator is the increased frequency of visits from US treasury envoys to Lebanon. The latest such visit was paid by Neal Steven Wolin, US deputy secretary of the treasury. Before him came Daniel Glaser, assistant
U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin urged Lebanese leaders and bankers in Beirut on Tuesday to ensure their country was not used by Iran and Syria to evade financial sanctions. A U.S. embassy statement said Wolin “underscored the need for Lebanon to prevent abuse of the Lebanese financial sector by
Democratic Republic of Congo has awarded lucrative forestry concessions to a company controlled by a Lebanese businessman who also runs a firm subject to sanctions by the United States as a front for Hezbollah.
The Syrian government has condemned the U.S. sanctions targeted President Bashar Assad. The U.S. announced on Wednesday it was slapping the sanctions on Assad and six senior aides for the country’s brutal crackdown that has killed more than 850 people since a popular uprising began in March.
The US on Wednesday urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to lead a political transition or step down from power as it imposed sanctions on him. “It is up to Assad to lead a political transition or to leave,” according to US government talking points distributed by the State Department.
The United States imposed sanctions on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and six other top aides for human rights abuses on Wednesday in a dramatic escalation of pressure on Syria to cease its brutal crackdown on protesters.