Hezbollah bolstering its drone unit in case Israel attacks Iran (TIMES OF ISRAEL) By MICHAL SHMULOVICH 04/28/12)
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US officials also probe Beirut’s banks out of concern that Hezbollah,
Syria, and Iran are using them for money laundering
Hezbollah has been allocating “increased resources toward bolstering
its drone unit,” an unnamed security source said, according to a
report published by Yedioth Ahronoth Friday. The terror group
possesses Ababil (“Swallow”) drones, manufactured and provided by
Iran, and is reportedly gearing up to use the unmanned aerial
vehicles in case Israel strikes Iranian nuclear sites.
Iran is widely believed to fund, train, and arm Lebanese-based
Hezbollah, which the United States and European Union consider a
foreign terrorist organization.
Meanwhile, the Obama administration is scrutinizing Lebanon’s
financial banking system out of concern that Syria, Iran, and Iranian-
proxy group, Hezbollah, are using Beirut’s banks to
evade “international sanctions and fund their activities,” the Wall
Street Journal reported.
The Treasury Department and Drug Enforcement Administration are
probing Hezbollah’s money-laundering operations, which
involves “millions of dollars in drug sales revenues from a Lebanese
narco-trafficker that they say have gone to the Lebanese militia and
political group [Hezbollah],” US officials said, according to the
Wall Street Journal.
US officials are also worried that Syrian President Bashar Assad may
be using Lebanese channels to move money around, particularly after
international sanctions were leveled against him because of his
regime’s ongoing clampdown on Syrian civilians and political
In a seemingly unrelated incident, a cargo ship suspected of
shuffling a large cache of weapons to Syrian rebels was seized by the
Lebanese Navy Friday. Crew members were arrested as was the owner of
the ship, who is believed to be a Syrian national.
The vessel allegedly departed from Libya and stopped in the Egyptian
port city of Alexandria before making its way to Tripoli, a northern
port city in Lebanon. (© 2012 THE TIMES OF ISRAEL 04/28/12)
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