The US Increases Pressure on Hezbollah’s Financing Network

The US State Department has placed a reward of up to $10 million for any information leading to the disruption of Hezbollah’s financial activities, highlighting three individuals key to the organization’s financing network: Adham Tabaja, Mohammad Ibrahim Bazzi, and Ali Youssef Charara

“Today the US Department of State’s Rewards for Justice Program is offering a new reward offer up to ten million US dollars for the information leading to the disruption of financial activities that support the global terrorist organization Lebanese Hezbollah,” said Assistant Secretary for State for Diplomatic Security Michael Evanoff during a press briefing on April 22.

“In previous years, Hezbollah has generated about $1 billion annually through direct financial support from Iran, international businesses and investments, donor networks, and money-laundering activities. The group uses these funds to support its malign activities throughout the world, which includes the development of militia to Syria in the support of Assad dictatorship; and to Yemen in support of the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels; surveillance and intelligence-gathering operations in the American homeland; and enhanced military capabilities, including its claim to possess precision-guided missiles.

“Such terrorist operations are funded through Hezbollah’s international network of financial supporters and activities. We intend to stem that critical flow of money using the Reward offer, as well as sanctions and other tools available to the US Government.”

“As part of today’s launch we highlight… three individuals: Adham Tabaja, Mohammad Ibrahim Bazzi, and Ali Youssef Charara. […] Together, these individuals comprise key parts of Hezbollah’s financial modus operandi, and they have networks that span four continents with links to the formal financial sector as well as the drug trade and corrupt foreign governments,” added Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing Marshall Billingslea.