US offers $10 million for information on Hezbollah financing
The US State Department is offering a reward of up to $10 million for anyone who can provide it with information that will enable the US to seriously disrupt the finances of Hezbollah, a Lebanese Islamist militant group that the US and various other Western and Middle-Eastern countries consider to be a terrorist organization.
Information covered by the award includes data on donors, on financial institutions used to transfer funds to the group, and on companies that Hezbollah controls.
Hezbollah is considered a proxy for Iran. Earlier this year, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on Lebanon to “[b]ravely move forward as an independent and proud nation,” because the alternative would be to “allow the dark ambitions of Iran and Hezbollah to dictate your future.” In response, Iran said that it would work to strengthen its ties with Lebanon.