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    US ups Syria sanctions, warns of Hezbollah threat

    The United States warned Friday that Syria's allies Iran and Hezbollah could be planning attacks in Europe, as Washington boosted sanctions against the beleaguered Damascus regime.

    The State Department and US Treasury unveiled fresh measures in response to the mounting conflict in Syria, where 21,000 people have been killed in the violence of the past 17 months in the face of a diplomatic stalemate.

    But a senior US security official warned the Western pressure might not succeed without cost, with Iran and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah allegedly plotting revenge attacks on Western or Israeli targets.

    "Our assessment is that Hezbollah and Iran will both continue to maintain a heightened level of terrorist activity in operations in the near future," said Daniel Benjamin, the US State Department's counter-terrorism coordinator.

    "We are increasingly concerned about Hezbollah's activities on a number of fronts, including its stepped up terrorist campaign around the world," he said.

    "And we assess that Hezbollah could attack in Europe or elsewhere at any time with little or no warning," he said in a conference call with reporters to announce that Syria's oil firm Syrtol had been placed under sanctions.

    Hezbollah is backed by Damascus and Tehran and has been accused -- so far without proof -- both of playing a role in recent bomb attacks on Israeli civilian targets in Europe and Asia and of backing Assad's forces.

    "Hezbollah's extensive support to the Syrian government's violent suppression of the Syrian people exposes the true nature of this terrorist organization," said David Cohen, a senior US Treasury official.

    Iran, Bashar al-Assad's authoritarian Syrian regime and Hezbollah, an armed Lebanese faction, dub themselves the "axis of resistance" against Israeli and US ambitions in the Middle East.

    But today it is they who are under pressure, with Assad's regime facing a determined armed rebellion -- despite a brutal crackdown against his opponents -- and all three entities facing international economic sanctions.

    Russia and China have blocked the UN Security Council from taking action, but the United States and it allies have been gradually escalating their own sanctions regimes and stepping up support for the Syrian rebels.

    On Friday, the US administration announced that it was adding Hezbollah, already deemed an "international terrorist organization," to the list of entities under sanctions for supporting Assad's regime.

    And it said that Syrtol wound be sanctioned for exporting fuel to Iran.

    "This kind of trade allows Iran to continue developing its nuclear program while providing the Syrian government with resources to oppress its own people," State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said.

    Benjamin warned that Hezbollah was poised to step up its violence.

    "Hezbollah maintains a presence in Europe and its recent activities demonstrate that it is not constrained by concerns about collateral damage or political fallout that could result from conducting operations there," he said.

    "Hezbollah believes there have been sustained Israeli and Western campaigns against the group and its primary backers Iran and Syria over the past several years, and this perception is unlikely to change," he added.

    "Both remain determined to exact revenge against Israel and to respond forcefully to the Western-led pressure against Iran and Syria," he said.

    "This suggests more acts of terrorism by both Hezbollah and Iran are likely and they will continue to pose a serious threat for the foreseeable future.

    Israel blames Hezbollah for plotting attacks in more than 20 countries over the past two years, including last month's bomb blast on a bus in the Bulgarian resort of Burgas that left five Israeli tourists and the local driver dead.

    European security services have said there is not yet enough evidence to indict Hezbollah for the attack, but that they are investigating.

    For Washington, Benjamin said: "Although the investigation continues and we are not in a position to make a statement about responsibility, the attack does resemble Hezbollah's plotting earlier this year."

     

    210 comments

    • tym4change  •  2 days 2 hrs ago
      So let me see if I have this straight. Iran and Syria have signed a mutual war pact and have invoked it today. Hezbollah and hamas will go after Israel. Turkey is ready to deal with Syria or is just the Kurds in Syria? Bunch of Russian warships at their naval base in Syria talking tough. Chinese talking tough and sent a few ships and subs to Syrian waters. America, NATO forces, Arab Gulf states massing forces to deal with Iran and,if need be Syria. Big messy proxy war tearing Syria to shreds right now. Enough firepower from alied forces in the mediterranean and persian gulf to deal with all comers. Who isn't involved in this staredown?
      • Sebouh 11 hrs ago
        nazis nazis nazis
      • HaveSomeSense 16 hrs ago
        Isreal would rather have us do all the fighing.
      • willy j 2 days 0 hrs ago
        your right the jews
    • Val  •  Dallas, Texas  •  1 day 19 hrs ago
      US sanctions are not working in Syria and are not working in Iran and have not working for 50 years in Cuba.When are we going to learned?
      • concerned British Columbi ... 1 day 8 hrs ago
        If US sanctions have not worked against Cuba, then what do the Cubans have to complain about after all? For half a century, Cuban leaders tried to gain sympathy because sanctions supposedly "hurt the Cuban people" but now we are told that sanctions are "not working" at all. So, why complain?
      • whytruthhurts 1 day 19 hrs ago
        Sanctions cut both ways.
    • What is  •  1 day 12 hrs ago
      There is no evidence of planned attacks, but they put out this "warning" anyway. It is something any rock could have told you. I guess they have to justify all the money they waste, and keep the fear, and their jobs, going.
    • Take that  •  Chicago, Illinois  •  2 days 2 hrs ago
      Want to sanction Hezbollah? Don't buy hashish or heroin and lock your car doors.
    • HaveSomeSense  •  1 day 18 hrs ago
      At this point I don't believe Isreals accusation that Hezbollah is conducting attacks outside of lebanon. This is not their MO...they have always operated inside lebanon. This all started with the recent bus attack and bidi was accusing hezbollah before the ambulances arrived. That looked way too much like a false flag attack and now Isreal is ramming the idea down our Throats. I for one...don't buy into it at this point. Isreal has been known to conduct assassinations in other sovereign countries. It actually fits Isreal's MO better.
    • kelly  •  2 days 0 hrs ago
      Its both funny and sad that Mr. Benjamin and Mr. Cohen are Zionist Jews. They are both entrusted to put America first, not Israels interests. Hezbollah is not a terrorist organization but a group of people fighting oppression. The real terrorists are the Mossad.
    • J  •  Chicago, Illinois  •  1 day 23 hrs ago
      NDC every good plan or even to $2 per gallon. But this is the time where the Sinai are going to take over the Shiites. the fall Persia
    • Republican Whip  •  Athens, Tennessee  •  2 days 1 hr ago
      American taxpayers have given Israel over $3 trillion to Israel.

      The World Bank says Israel has a total population of 7,765,700 people

      That equals $ 386,314.17 for each Israeli citizen. This is from the American Taxpayers.
      • A Yahoo! User 11 hrs ago
        Hay whip the drip, have an acid trip.
      • A Yahoo! User 11 hrs ago
        Whip with a gonorrheal drip, sorry that you do not approve of my rap, try to do it yourself #$%$ good luck fagot.
      • Republican Whip 12 hrs ago
        @ At yahoo user. I love it when "yahoos" start calling names and making wild statements. IT SHOWS THAT YOU CAN'T DEAL WITH THE TRUTH.
    • Mike  •  Millersville, Maryland  •  2 days 5 hrs ago
      Sanctions are meaningless. Always have been. Always will be. They are a farce.
      • concerned British Columbi ... 1 day 7 hrs ago
        Sanctions were applied against the former Southern Rhodesia after its Unilateral Declarations of Independence under former Prime Minister Ian Smith. Weren't those sanctions affective against a small, unarmed nation that never threatened anyone?
      • Mike 1 day 16 hrs ago
        They are eating the bark off the tree. Their problem isn't sanctions. The problem is they have an economic system that 1) Can't produce food 2) Can't produce the goods for sale that allows them to buy food and 3) The rest of the world is tired of giving the Wimpy of the world freebies.

        Get used to it, it's a system that is coming here.
      • Ray 1 day 20 hrs ago
        Jimmy Carter lied.
    • Mensajero  •  2 days 11 hrs ago
      you know when your heart is a stone cemented with blind hate...

      when you read Chloe's comments and thumbs up.
      • Mensajero 2 days 10 hrs ago
        I make my everyday deed to stop hate from reaching my heart. I protect my soul with the help of God. The truth will set the world free.
      • Mensajero 2 days 10 hrs ago
        Of course they can...but I am not here to stop anyone from commenting but rather exposing what is obvious.
      • mrs 2 days 10 hrs ago
        there is no yahoo sharia law! I don't know what you're talking about s/t and I am sure I don't want to.
    • Rewind  •  2 days 1 hr ago
      Hilarious, the US counter terrorism chief is a jew making the case that israels arch enemy is a terrorist organization. Instead of Americans being brainwashed by fox news regarding islam and sharia law they should pay a little closer attention to the jews who have infiltrated and occupied a majority of the strategic posts in washington and beyond!.
    • whytruthhurts  •  1 day 19 hrs ago
      I would live to see Israel fight Syrian army for a change and try to remove Asard, then it will become clear to Iran that they will not stand a change fighting Israel. If Israel is so powerful and invincible why can't they fight Syria first which is supported by Iran? Please the big and tough and talking Zionists on yahoo are getting a real chance to fight the Azard regime and that will keep Iran silenced and capitulate of course one Israel win the war.
    • nomen de conta  •  2 days 0 hrs ago
      This civil war is turning into #$%$ Let's stay out of it and let gas prices drop to $3 per gallon. Does that sound like a better plan?
    • Jessie  •  Carthage, Tennessee  •  2 days 9 hrs ago
      i guess that Hezbollah is shaking in their boots,what a joke i guess that Hillary rotten Clinton scared them to death.
    • Jeff  •  2 days 4 hrs ago
      No Matter what Israel give Palestinians they will refuse to have peace.
      Israel should forget trying to make peace with the people who invaded its Jewish land for the past 500 years. Time to change.
      Time to forget giving your land for peace to Muslims will bring any peace. Palestinians a Jordanian tribe want all of Israel.
      NOW they should get nothing and any conflict or use of terror just ship them all back home to Jordan.
    • Yuri Chenzenko  •  2 days 12 hrs ago
      INCITEMENT & PROPAGANDA news
    • Chloe  •  2 days 11 hrs ago
      You know you're a Muslim when:

      You wipe your butt with your bare hand, but consider bacon unclean.
    • Shekel_Trader  •  1 day 12 hrs ago
      Poor li'l Pooky.
      Part of his employment contract with the Israeli Ministry of Propaganda, states that he must work on the Sabbath.
      .
      It keeps him away from the front, however.
      .
      -S/T
    • Chloe  •  2 days 11 hrs ago
      You know you're a Muslim when:

      You think vests come in two styles: bullet-proof and suicide.
    • No Weapon Formed Against ...  •  2 days 8 hrs ago
      And it said that Syrtol wound be sanctioned for exporting fuel to Iran.

      They even make mistake if they lie.
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