US Offers Rewards for Hezbollah Leaders

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On October 10, the United States offered up to $12 million for information leading to the location, arrest, or conviction of two leaders of Hezbollah, the Lebanese militia and political party. The State Department designated the Shiite group as a foreign terrorist organization in 1997, but has not offered such rewards in the last decade.

National Counterterrorism Center Director Nicholas J. Rasmussen discussed U.S. efforts to counter Hezbollah globally and domestically at a briefing. Rasmussen outlined three recurring themes associated with Hezbollah’s history and activity. “First, Hezbollah’s use of terrorism across the globe, which has persisted for several decades. Second, the group’s continued effort to advance terrorism acts worldwide. And third, the fact that the organization is in fact focused on U.S. interests, including here in the homeland.” 

Ambassador Nathan Sales also spoke at the press briefing and announced rewards for two senior Hezbollah leaders, Talal Hamiya and Fu’ad Shukr. “Hamiya has been linked to several terrorist attacks, hijackings and kidnappings targeting U.S. citizens,” Sales said. “Shukr plays a key role in Hezbollah’s military operations in Syria and he helped plan and launch the 1983 attack on the U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Beirut that killed 241 of our marines,” Sales added. The following are excerpts from the media note released by the State Department.  

 

 

Rewards for Justice – Reward Offer for Information on Hizballah Key Leaders Talal Hamiyah and Fu’ad Shukr

 

The U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice Program is offering rewards for information leading to the location, arrest, or conviction in any country of two key leaders of the Lebanon-based terrorist group Hizballah. The Department is offering a reward of up to $7 million for information on Talal Hamiyah, and up to $5 million for information on Fu’ad Shukr.

Hizballah has been involved in numerous terrorist attacks against Americans, including the suicide truck bombings of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut in April 1983, the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut in October 1983, the U.S. Embassy annex in Beirut in September 1984, and the hijacking of TWA Flight 847 in 1985. Hizballah’s victims have also included numerous other nationalities.

Talal Hamiyah has been linked to several terrorist attacks, hijackings, and kidnappings targeting U.S. citizens. He leads Hizballah’s international terrorist branch, the External Security Organization (ESO). The ESO maintains terrorist cells worldwide and is responsible for planning and conducting terrorist attacks outside of Lebanon. Those attacks have targeted primarily Israelis and Americans.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury designated Hamiyah as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist pursuant to Executive Order 13224 on September 13, 2012. As a result of the designation, all of Hamiyah’s assets that are based in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons are frozen, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.

Fu’ad Shukr is a senior Hizballah military commander of the group’s forces in southern Lebanon and a member of Hizballah’s highest military body, the Jihad Council. Shukr played a key role in Hizballah’s recent military operations in Syria and in planning and launching the 1983 attack on the U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Beirut in which 241 U.S. service personnel were killed. The U.S. Department of the Treasury designated Shukr as a Specially Designated National pursuant to Executive Order 13582 on July 21, 2015 for acting for or on behalf of Hizballah.

More information about these reward offers is located on the Rewards for Justice website at www.rewardsforjustice.net.  We encourage anyone with information on these individuals to contact the Rewards for Justice office via the website, e-mail (info@rewardsforjustice.net), phone (1-800-877-3927 in North America), or mail (Rewards for Justice, Washington, D.C., 20520-0303, USA). All information will be kept strictly confidential.

The Rewards for Justice program is administered by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security.  Since its inception in 1984, the program has paid in excess of $145 million to more than 90 people who provided actionable information that helped bring terrorists to justice or prevented acts of international terrorism worldwide.  Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Rewards4Justice.

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