Summary:

There exist many excellent articles that describe the U.S. Department of Treasury sanctions and designations of global terrorists related to Iran and their Lebanese proxy Hezbollah. This article will highlight two other areas where the U.S. can combat Hezbollah’s global operations: 1) strengthening extradition agreements and 2) improving customs enforcement in the global trading networks.

Background on Hezbollah’s Creation

Lebanese Hezbollah was created by the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran that overthrew the western- backed Shah with a Shia revolutionary council headed by the Ayatollah Khomeini.  Khomeini galvanized the Shia community with his concept of wilayat al-faqih which translates as “guardianship of the jurisconsult.”  This theological concept, in simplified terms, meant that a qualified cleric must be obeyed if he can assume control of a political entity and his legal edicts were binding.   This concept changed Shia behavior towards political activism which before Khomeini assumed a more passive role waiting for the return of the twelfth imam.

 

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September 21, 2018

Disrupting Hezbollah’s Global Operations via Extradition

Summary: There exist many excellent articles that describe the U.S. Department of Treasury sanctions and designations of global terrorists related to Iran and their Lebanese proxy Hezbollah. […]

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