More than a dozen website domains belonging to Hezbollah-affiliated organizations, companies, and charities sanctioned by the United States have been seized, the Department of Justice reported on Thursday.
Over the years, Washington has imposed sanctions on the Iranian-backed group’s members, associates, and linked businesses and charities, as well as designating them as terrorist organizations.
The 13 website domains seized include several URLs for the group’s al-Manar television and those for senior officials Ibrahim al-Sayed, Ali Damush, and deputy secretary General Naim Kassem, as well as affiliated charities the Martyrs’ Foundation and the Emdad Committee for Islamic Charity.
In the announcement, Assistant Director Robert R. Wells of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division said, “This seizure demonstrates the FBI’s persistence in using all of our tools to hold accountable terrorists and their affiliates when they violate U.S. laws.”
The FBI and our foreign allies will keep looking for anyone who advances Lebanese Hezbollah’s nefarious activities and ensure they are brought to justice, no matter where or how they try to hide.
The Associated Press sent inquiries about the choice to Hezbollah’s press office, which did not answer immediately.