U.S. sanctions Hezbollah commander freed in Iraq
Washington, DC, United States (4E) – The U.S. Treasury Department announced Monday the imposition of sanctions against a Hezbollah commander, who was freed from an Iraqi prison on Friday.
The sanction on Ali Mussa Daqduq al-Musawi includes freezing his assets in the U.S. and barring business transactions with him.
Washington was irked by the release of Daqduq, whom it regards as responsible for the death of five U.S. soldiers in Karbala, Iraq in 2007. It claimed that Daqduq plotted the attack on the Karbala Joint Provincial Coordination Center in January 2007 that killed the American soldiers.
Daqduq was captured in the same year and was detained by U.S. forces detained. He was transferred to Iraqi custody in December 2011 and an Iraqi court dismissed the charges against him in May.
The U.S. government will bring him to justice, according to David S. Cohen, under secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.
Daqduq has been a member of Hezbollah since 1983 and occupied leadership positions in the group that the U.S. regards as a terrorist organization and responsible for attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq.