By Azania Post Reporter
US has offered USD 12 million reward for heads of two high level officers of Hezbollah military group in Lebanon, the state department has said.
The state said any people who would give enough information leading to arrest Talal Hamiyah, head of Hezbollah foreign operations will be awarded USD 7million.
Up to USD 5 million will be provided to any person who will reveal the whereabout of Fuad Shukr, a senior Hezbollah military officer.
Accoring to US counter terrorism coordinator identified as Nathan Sales, the rewards are the first offered by the US for Hezbollah officials in a decade.
"Today's rewards are another step to increase the pressure on them and their organisation," said Sales.
Other people for whom the US is offering rewards include Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, and Abu Muhammad al-Julani, the commander of the Syrian armed group Tahrir al-Sham.
Hamiyah has been on the department's foreign terrorist list since 2015 and Shukr was added in 2013.
Winning support for an intensified campaign against Hezbollah could prove difficult for the administration.
Hezbollah is part of Lebanon's fragile coalition government and commands enormous support for the social services it provides.
Sales indicated that as part of President Donald Trump's soon-to-be unveiled Iran strategy, the US would press countries that have yet to designate Hezbollah as an international terrorist group to do so.
"Additionally, some countries have chosen to designate only Hezbollah’s military wing, leaving its so-called political wing untouched," he said, apparently referring to the 28-member European Union.
"But that is a false distinction. Make no mistake. Hezbollah has no political wing. It is a single organisation, a terrorist organization, and it is rotten to its core."
Designating the group as a terrorist organisation is "not merely symbolic," Sales said.
By not doing so, he said, countries "limit other governments' ability to freeze Hezbollah’s assets, to shut down its front companies, to eliminate its fund-raising and recruiting capabilities and to prosecute Hezbolah associated networks.