US task force to probe Hizbullah 'narco-terror'

The US Justice Department on Thursday (January 11th) announced the creation of a special task force to investigate what it called "narco-terrorism" conducted by Iran-backed Lebanese militia Hizbullah, AFP reported.

The unit will comprise specialists on money-laundering, drug trafficking, terrorism and organised crime, targeting Hizbullah's sprawling network, which reaches across Africa and into Central and South America, the department said.

"The Justice Department will leave no stone unturned in order to eliminate threats to our citizens from terrorist organisations and to stem the tide of the devastating drug crisis," said Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

"The team will initiate prosecutions that will restrict the flow of money to foreign terrorist organisations as well as disrupt violent international drug trafficking operations."

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