Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, center, gestures as he stands near released prisoners Samir Kantar, second left, and Maher Kourani, left, during celebrations in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, July 16, 2008. (AP Photo)
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The U.S. Department of State announced Tuesday that it had designated Samir Kuntar, once Lebanon's longest serving prisoner in Israel, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist over his alleged work with Hezbollah.The statement said the blacklisting of Kuntar, which came under Executive Order 13224, will result in the seizure of any of his property that fall under U.S. jurisdiction. Asharq al-Aswat previously reported that Kuntar was sent by Hezbollah to Syria to convince Druze families to form militias in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.Kuntar was one of the five Lebanese prisoners that Israel released in return for the remains of its two soldiers.
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