Key Hezbollah financier pleads guilty in US

Hezbollah has been a US designated terrorist group since 1997 and fights alongside the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad in the country’s civil war. (File/AFP)
Updated 07 December 2018
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Key Hezbollah financier pleads guilty in US

  • Lebanese businessman Kassim Tajideen pleaded guilty and faces five years in prison and a forfeiture of $50 million if his deal with prosecutors is accepted
  • “We are going to keep targeting Hezbollah and other terrorist groups and their supporters, and we are going to keep winning”

WASHINGTON: Lebanese businessman Kassim Tajideen, designated by US authorities as an important financial supporter of Hezbollah, pleaded guilty Thursday to charges related to evading sanctions against him, a Justice Department statement said.
Tajideen, 63, pleaded guilty before a Washington court and faces five years in prison and a forfeiture of $50 million if his deal with prosecutors is accepted.
He was named a Specially Designated Global Terrorist in May 2009 by the Treasury Department over his links to Hezbollah, a Shiite political party and militant group in Lebanon.
Tajideen has been detained since extradition to the United States in March 2017 after his arrest overseas, the statement added.
“We are going to keep targeting Hezbollah and other terrorist groups and their supporters, and we are going to keep winning,” said Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, who hailed the guilty plea.
Hezbollah has been a US designated terrorist group since 1997 and fights alongside the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad in the country’s civil war.


Turkey vows to keep striking PKK targets in Iraq

Updated 15 December 2018
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Turkey vows to keep striking PKK targets in Iraq

  • Turkish foreign ministry said the country expected neighboring Iraq to fulfill its responsibilities in combatting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party
  • Turkey will invoke its “legitimate right to self-defense” if Iraq “does not do what’s necessary”

ISTANBUL: Turkey says it will continue to defend itself against terrorists after its strikes against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq sparked criticism from Baghdad.
Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said Saturday that Turkey expected neighboring Iraq to fulfill its responsibilities in combatting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK. He says Turkey will invoke its “legitimate right to self-defense” if Iraq “does not do what’s necessary.”
Iraq summoned Turkey’s ambassador on Friday to protest Turkish air raids on Iraq’s Sinjar and Makhmour mountains, where the PKK operates. The group has waged an insurgency inside Turkey for more than three decades but also fought against the Daesh group in Iraq.
The Turkish Defense Ministry says Thursday’s strikes targeted PKK bases that supply Kurdish positions in northern Syria.