A Hezbollah flag set on the outskirts of Arsal, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned six individuals and seven businesses linked to Hezbollah Friday, part of an intensified focus on the group under President Donald Trump.The U.S. named five Lebanese and one Iraqi citizen. Al-Inmaa is also reportedly used by Hezbollah for other forms of investment and holding properties.The U.S. accuses Tabaja of being a top financier for Hezbollah.The anonymous administration official denied this would be the case, telling The Daily Star the U.S. government was mindful of the Lebanese economy.Friday's announcement is the first sanctions since a December report by Politico containing allegations that the Barack Obama administration had been soft on Hezbollah.On Jan. 11, the U.S. Justice Department announced the creation of a special task force to investigate what it called "narcoterrorism" by Hezbollah.
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