US Counterterror Officials Announce Reward for Help in Capture of Hezbollah Leaders

Liberman Warns: Next Northern Border Confrontation Will Immediately Become a Battle on Two Fronts

Liberman Warns: Next Northern Border Confrontation Will Immediately Become a Battle on Two Fronts

Shukr too has a long history of attacks against Americans, including playing a role in the Beirut Barracks Bombing which killed 241 American service members, mostly Marines.

Israel and Hezbollah fought a deadly 33-day war in 2006, which came to an end under UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which called for the disarmament of Hezbollah, the withdrawal of the Israeli army from Lebanon, the deployment of the Lebanese army and an enlarged UN force in the south.

Hosting Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Al Hariri in July for aid talks, US President Donald Trump praised Beirut's efforts to stem the spread of Daesh and pledged continued help from Washington.

They did, however, coincide with the State Department offering multi-million dollar bounties on a pair of top Hezbollah officials, including one that they accuse of a "central role" in the 1983 attack on a U.S. barracks in Beirut.

The multi-million cash prizes are the first Hezbollah-related rewards under the Rewards for Justice Program in a decade.

Israel's latest hype surrounding Hezbollah included claims Hezbollah "runs the Lebanese Army".

Israel said on Tuesday that the Hizbollah guerrilla group, its most potent enemy in neighbouring Lebanon, had gained control over that country's US-sponsored conventional military, signalling both would be in Israeli gunsights in any future war.

But US counterterrorism chief Nicholas Rasmussen and ambassador-at-large for counterterrorism Nathan Sales said that Washington would never accept this distinction.

Prior to Tuesday, the Trump administration had toed a careful line toward Lebanon. "We are talking about Hezbollah and the Lebanese army, and unfortunately this is the reality".

Sales signaled that as part of US President Donald Trump's soon-to-be unveiled Iran strategy, Washington would press countries that have yet to designate Hezbollah as an worldwide terrorist group to do so.

"The position of the United States is clear".

But he warned that "more work needs to be done".

"Make no mistake, Hezbollah has no political wing".

"Some countries have chosen to designate only Hezbollah's military wing, leaving its so-called political wing untouched", he said.

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. "It is a single organization, a terrorist organization, and it is rotten to its core".

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

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