12 Jun '18, 4am

Exploiting Vulnerabilities in Lebanese Hezbollah’s Continuing Narcotics Finances https://t.co/af9LAiVzv9

As already noted, Lebanese Hezbollah’s continued reliance on narcotics-based revenue requires that it maintain a complex and expansive web of financial mechanisms to launder, transfer, and materially benefit from the illicit funds. The Hezbollah drug trade creates significant reputational and law enforcement vulnerabilities for Hezbollah that the U.S. and its allies should exploit to further constrict Hezbollah’s narcotics smuggling and sales. However, Hezbollah’s financial networks that support its narcotics smuggling are even more vulnerable to exploitation given the enormous monetary and reputational risks that institutions involved with Hezbollah take by dealing with Hezbollah and its narcotics trade. While it is unlikely that the international community can ever completely disable Hezbollah’s narcotics trade, persistent and comprehensive pressure on its smuggling and ...

Full article: http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/exploiting-vulnerabi...

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