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'Venezuelan diplomat helped Hizbullah'
Jerusalem Post ^ | Jun 19, 2008 | AP

Posted on 06/18/2008 8:18:02 PM PDT by Ooh-Ah

The Bush administration took action Wednesday against a Venezuelan official and others accused of providing financial support to the Hizbullah terror group.

Venezuelan President Hugo...

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. [file]
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The Treasury Department's action covers Ghazi Nasr al Din, whom the United States identified as a Venezuelan diplomat. The order also targets Fawzi Kan'an and two Venezuelan-based travel agencies - Biblos and Hilal - that he allegedly owns or controls.

Kan'an denied the Treasury Department's accusations. "That's pure lies," he told The Associated Press. "What do I have to do with Hizbullah? I don't know the group; don't know anyone."

Any financial assets found in the United States belonging to those designated Wednesday must be frozen. Americans are forbidden from doing business with them.

"It is extremely troubling to see the government of Venezuela employing and providing safe harbor to Hizbullah facilitators and fundraisers," said Adam Szubin, director of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control.

The US government alleges that Nasr al Din used his position as a diplomat and president of a Caracas-based Shi' a Islamic Center to give financial assistance to Hizbullah. There were conflicting reports from the United States and Venezuela over whether he was stationed in Lebanon or Syria. Nasr al Din is suspected of counseling Hizbullah donors on fundraising efforts and providing donors with specific bank account information where "donors deposits would go directly to Hizbullah," the department said. He also allegedly arranged the travel of Hizbullah members to Iran.

The department described Kan'an as a "significant provider" of financial support to Hizbullah. He also has traveled with other Hizbullah members to Iran, the department said. The government also alleged that he used his Biblos travel agency to "courier funds" to Lebanon.

Kan'an was reached by phone at a number listed for his travel agency Biblos. He said that both Biblos and Hilal, his travel agencies, were in the process of being closed, "and I don't work anymore."

Asked if he knows of any accounts that have been frozen, Kan'an said: "I have accounts, and they aren't frozen." He said he does have accounts in the United States.

In a separate action, Treasury moved to block the assets of alleged leaders of al-Qaida linked terrorist group Islamic Jihad Union, described by the US as having a goal of overthrowing the Uzbekistan government. The two alleged leaders named are: Najmiddin Kamolitdinovich Jalolov and Suhayl Fatilloevich Buranov.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: asymmetricalwarfare; chavez; globaljihad; hezbollah; hizballah; hizbullah; hugochavez; iran; latinamerica; mohammedanism; terrorism; venezuela; waronterror

1 posted on 06/18/2008 8:18:10 PM PDT by Ooh-Ah
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To: Ooh-Ah

2 posted on 06/18/2008 8:21:32 PM PDT by SeafoodGumbo
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To: Ooh-Ah

That’s pure lies,” he told The Associated Press. “What do I have to do with Hizbullah? I don’t know the group; don’t know anyone.” ........................ Thats all the AP has to hear, he’s telling the truth, no need to investigate further.


3 posted on 06/18/2008 8:24:14 PM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (If everyone stays home and no one votes will Congress disappear?)
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To: Ooh-Ah

Every time I hear a story like this, I think “if Obama-man gets elected, we’re so screwed.”


4 posted on 06/18/2008 8:28:36 PM PDT by norcal joe
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To my fellow Jewish readers at FR but esp. Jewish liberals and leftists.

With Obama, you get three - Obama - Chavez - Achmedgenocide.

Remember, Barry said that little countries like Venezuela, Iran, etc are not threats to US. Tell that to Israel, Lebanon, Colombia, Nicaragua, El Salvador, etc.

Time to wake up before the next Holocaust. Remember, the last one was no picnic.


5 posted on 06/18/2008 9:35:03 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: norcal joe

To my fellow Jewish readers at FR but esp. Jewish liberals and leftists.

With Obama, you get three - Obama - Chavez - Achmedgenocide.

Remember, Barry said that little countries like Venezuela, Iran, etc are not threats to US. Tell that to Israel, Lebanon, Colombia, Nicaragua, El Salvador, etc.

Time to wake up before the next Holocaust. Remember, the last one was no picnic.


6 posted on 06/18/2008 9:36:05 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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