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.


US to leave 200 troops in Syria for a period of time - White House

A small peacekeeping group of about 200 will remain in Syria. (US Army photo)
Updated 27 min 21 sec ago
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US to leave 200 troops in Syria for a period of time - White House

WASHINGTON: The United States will leave “a small peacekeeping group” of 200 American troops in Syria for a period of time after a US pullout, the White House said on Thursday.
“A small peacekeeping group of about 200 will remain in Syria for a period of time,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a brief statement.