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The Obama administration gave a free pass for Hezbollah’s drug trafficking and money laundering operations — some of which were unfolding within the United States, in order to ensure that the Iran nuclear deal would remain on the track after a bomb exposé Politically Sunday.
An elaborate campaign by the Drug Enforcement Administration, known as the Cassandra project, which is reportedly targeting the Lebanese militant group in criminal activities. But by throwing a string of roadblocks holding back the project, the Obama administration officials helped enable the 35-year-old anti-Israel-to develop criminal enterprise, a major global threat to the security of bankrolling terrorist and military operations, the report added.
“This was a political decision, it’s a systematic decision,” David Asher, the half-the Cassandra project as a defense-Department of the illegal finance analyst in 2008, told Politico. “You serially torn this whole effort, which was very well supported with resources, and it happened from the top to the bottom.”
If the Cassandra project-leader, which delayed the development of the DEA-meter facility in Chantilly, Virginia, was looking for a OK for some important investigations, prosecutions, arrests and financial penalties, the judiciary and the Ministry of Finance officials, hindered or refused their requests, according to Politico.
The bureaucracy stopped the Cassandra project, the efforts to curtail a top Hezbollah agent, including one of the world’s largest cocaine traffickers, was also the supply with conventional and chemical weapons of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad against its own citizens. The operational code-name: the “spirit.”
The former Obama-administration officials said, Politically anonymous, that your decisions led by the improvement in relations with Iran, what are its nuclear weapons program and the release of four Americans, prisoners across the country. She also denied she “derailed” actions against Hezbollah from the policy.
“It was a consistent pattern of acts contrary to the Hezbollah, both by tough sanctions and the prosecution of actions before and after the Iran deal,” Kevin Lewis, was in both the White house and the justice Department during the Obama administration responded.
Asher said, and got closer to the USA, to the finalization of the Iran nuclear deal, the more difficult the implementation of the Hezbollah investigations. After the President announced Obama, the offer, the other tasks were transferred in January 2016, the Cassandra project officials.
“The closer we get to the [Iran deal], the more those activities,” Asher 49, who is fluent in Japanese and received his Ph. D. in international relations at the University of Oxford, told Politico. “So much of the ability, whether it’s special operations, whether it is law enforcement, whether it’s [Treasury] names — the capacity, assigned to the staff, this mission — she was discharged in a conscientious, almost to the last drop, until the end of the Obama administration.”
Hezbollah was created by Iranian revolutionary guards in 1982 to fight Israel’s invasion of Beirut. Under the leadership of Hassan Nasrallah took over in 1992, after his predecessor, Abbas Mussawi, was killed in an Israeli air attack that took the group and aims for the realization of an Iranian-style Islamic Republic in Lebanon to fight against Israel, and the integration in the Lebanese sectarian-based policy.
Nasrallah, now 57, played a crucial role in the termination of a feud between Shiites, which is extended through the attention in the direction of the fight against Israel and, later, the group’s regional reach.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.