HEZBOLLAH’S PROCUREMENT CHANNELS: LEVERAGING CRIMINAL NETWORKS AND PARTNERING WITH IRAN

Another excellent and thorough article in the March edition of the CTC Sentinel says that Iran provides Lebanese Hezbollah with some $700 million a year, according to US government officials.  Iran has also helped Hezbollah build an arsenal of some 150,000 rockets and missiles in Lebanon.  However, despite this aid, Hezbollah also leverages an international network of companies and brokers — some Hezbollah operatives themselves, others well-placed criminal facilitators willing to partner with Hezbollah — to procure weapons, dual-use items, and other equipment for the benefit of the group’s operatives and, sometimes, Iran.  In the context of the war in Syria, Hezbollah’s procurement agents have teamed up with Iran’s Quds Force to develop integrated and efficient weapons procurement and logistics pipelines that can be leveraged to greatly expand Hezbollah’s weapons procurement capabilities.

https://ctc.usma.edu/hezbollahs-procurement-channels-leveraging-criminal-networks-partnering-iran/

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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