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Washington Post opens the financial treasury of Hezbollah, what have you found?

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Post by RamblerNash on Mon May 20, 2019 11:13 am

Washington Post opens the financial treasury of Hezbollah, what have you found?

Washington Post opens the financial treasury of Hezbollah, what have you found? 620181414932512

2019/05/19 06:46:47
The Washington Post published a report prepared by Liz Slay and Susan Haidamus from the Lebanese capital Beirut, saying that US sanctions on Iran have severely affected the financial situation of Hezbollah.

The report says the Lebanese faction has flourished for decades because of the generous money Iran has spent to help its fighters, fund social services in its electoral areas, and build a huge military arsenal that has made the militia an important military force in the Middle East with troops in Syria and Iraq.

The authors claim that the extensive trade sanctions imposed by the Donald Trump administration last year on Iran have reduced its ability to fund its allies, such as Hezbollah, pointing out that the party, one of the most important proxy groups of Iran, suffers from a sharp decline in its resources and forced a significant reduction In his expenses, citing senior officials of the party elements and supporters of him.

The newspaper quoted an employee in a party unit as saying that he had asked the fighters to take leave, or were transferred to the reserve, where they receive less or nothing at all, and the withdrawal of a large number of those sent to Syria, where Hezbollah militia played an important role In the fighting on behalf of Bashar al-Assad and his stay in power.

The report quoted a person from within the party as saying that the financial crisis hit Al-Manar TV, the party's voice in Lebanon and the region, where the services of its employees were canceled and programs canceled. The generous expenditure on social programs, Shiite militia in Lebanon, has been reduced, including free medicines and food for combatants, staff and their families.

The authors say that the sanctions imposed by President Trump after his departure from the nuclear treaty, intended to limit Iran's nuclear ambitions, are more arbitrary than those that forced Iran to sit at the negotiating table and agree to sign the treaty in 2015.

The newspaper states that officials in the administration Claim that they have deprived Iran of $ 10 billion in resources since the start of sanctions in November 2018. This has brought misery and suffering to millions of poor Iranians, as well as their government's ability to spend.

The report points out that tensions increased between Washington and Tehran when the administration decided on May 2 to cancel the exemptions granted to eight countries to trade Iranian oil in an attempt to stop Iranian oil production to zero.

The authors report that the harshness of the sanctions gives Iran an incentive to push Washington's attempts to bypass the "red line," as it has no choice but to retaliate against US actions.

"The Iranians are returning to sanctions, but the level of these sanctions will lead to a different response, and the Iranians will not be silent on this," the newspaper quoted political analyst in Beirut Kamal al-Wazzan, whom she described as sympathetic to the Lebanese group, as saying: "There are forms of war More effective than the war itself. It is a slow death for the country, its government and its people. "

The report adds that although it is too early to confirm Iran's responsibility for four oil tankers off the coast of the UAE, Iran has the incentive to force the US to pay the price by making "oil price leaps". Likewise. "

According to the two authors, the austerity measures taken by the party provide a picture of the impact of the sanctions on Iran, and its ability to necessarily support its proxy group, pointing out that a senior official in the party acknowledged the decline of Iranian support, forcing them to cut expenses, and said: "These sanctions undoubtedly left an impact "In the end, sanctions are part of the war, and we will confront them in this context."

The newspaper notes that the party suffers from other sanctions imposed on companies and individuals and banks that punish if dealt with him, after being placed on the list of foreign terrorist organizations prepared by the US State Department, noting that the party accuses of bombings of US Marines and the kidnapping of US citizens in the eighties of the last century.

However, Iran's special envoy to Iran, Brian Hawk, told reporters in Washington last month that Iran was usually spending on Iran, The party has $ 700 million a year, accounting for 70% of its resources. The official believes that the party has other sources of income, will try to use them vigorously, and "turn this threat into an opportunity."

The two journalists quoted a second senior official as saying that full-time officers and soldiers were paid full salaries, without bonuses and benefits, such as transportation allowances and food and medical aid, while the families of "martyrs" who fought in Syria or in previous wars with Israel received their allocations.

According to the newspaper, the aid is important, it is not allowed to harm, and is necessary to maintain the ability of the party as a combat force and to bring loyalists, noting that the party began a campaign to compensate for the lack of resources, by paying sympathizers and supporters to donate, revealing the financial difficulties suffered by Of which.

According to the report, since Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah's March speech, in which he called on his supporters to donate to "jihad funds", these funds were spread in the streets and areas of the party and outside, under slogans such as "charity pays the calamity."

The clerks point to small trucks roaming the streets of the southern suburb of Hezbollah, a stronghold of Hezbollah in Beirut, which urges people to donate via loudspeakers, as well as banners posted on the airport road, and calls on citizens to donate to Hezbollah-run associations. Videos on their pages in social platforms remind people of the "religious duty" to help those in need.

Despite all this, the official stressed that the reduction in expenditures did not affect Hezbollah's status in the Middle East nor its military readiness. "We are still receiving arms from Iran, and we are still ready to confront Israel. Our role in Iraq has not been affected, And Syria, and no one left in Hezbollah because he did not receive his salary, and did not stop social services. "The official predicted that" the sanctions will not remain forever, as we won militarily in Syria and Iraq, we will win this war also. "

The report finds, however, that the party is facing a punishment of another kind, stemming from US sanctions. According to Hezbollah researcher at the Washington Institute Haneen Ghadar, the party can not obtain the support of businessmen and Lebanese abroad because of the sanctions, Sanctions government institutions and companies to deal with the party's extensive network, companies and contractors.

The authors point out that Hezbollah's financial situation coincides with the economic situation in the country, which has entered a recession, affecting the large companies associated with it, and extended the lives of the ordinary Lebanese who depend on them, although the sanctions are effective and leave their effect for the United States , There is concern that it will destabilize a region plagued by conflicts and fluctuations, increase anti-American sentiment, and finally pressure Iran to return.

The newspaper quoted the political analyst close to Hezbollah, Mohamed Obaid, as saying that his strategy is to find alternative sources of income, and the anti-Iran campaign launched by Trump, noting that the party recognizes that Trump may remain in power until 2024, Long-term / by searching for additional sources and activating the previous.

The Washington Post concludes with reference to Obaid's statement that Iran will revert to its old customs before the nuclear treaty, the "black market", citing several ways through which it can smuggle its oil through Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Oman and even Dubai.


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