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Israeli Defense Minister: Next War Will Come from North and South

U.S. State Department wanted sign for Hamiyah and Shukr U.S. State Department wanted sign for Hamiyah and Shukr.U.S. State Department
Eleena Tovar | 11 Octubre, 2017, 17:20

Hamiyah has been on the department's foreign terrorist list since 2015 and Shukr was added in 2013.

The Lebanese army has previously said it operates independently from Hizbollah, most recently during an operation against the Daesh terror group militants at the Lebanese-Syrian border, during which the army said there was absolutely no coordination with Hizbollah fighters who attacked Daesh from the Syrian side. Hezbollah is also heavily involved in Lebanese politics.

The IDF is preparing for every possible war scenario, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman stated on Tuesday.

The officials' comments will be seen as setting the tone ahead of Trump's announcement of his new Iran strategy, which will be aimed at rolling back Tehran's influence.

But winning support for an intensified campaign against Hezbollah could prove difficult for the administration.

The crescendo of criticism for governments - including the United States - that blindly accept the fictional premise that the Lebanon-based, Iranian-backed Hizbullah terrorist organization has separate "political" and "military" personas is strengthened with word that the American government is offering rewards of $5 million and $7 million, respectively, for the capture of Hizbullah operatives believed to be planning a major terrorist operation in the United States.

Hamiyah is the leader of Hezbollah's "international terrorism branch", a figure with ties to attacks and kidnap plots against Americans, the State Department said. Shukr is a senior military commander inside of Lebanon and a member of Hezbollah's Jihad Council.

The US labels the entire Hezbollah a terrorist organization.

Rasmussen said Hezbollah is determined to make its abilities to operate in the United States a priority for the organization.

Israel has sought to avoid becoming involved in the Syrian civil war, but acknowledges carrying out dozens of air strikes there to stop what it says are advanced weapons deliveries to Hezbollah. Sales also noted that "some countries have chosen to designate only Hezbollah's military wing, leaving its so-called political wing untouched".

Hezbollah and Israel fought a devastating conflict in 2006, and the Lebanese group is currently backing President Bashar al-Assad's regime in the Syrian civil war.