US steps up pressure on Hezbollah, offers reward for two operatives

US steps up pressure on Hezbollah, offers reward for two operatives

WASHINGTON: The United States offered multimillion-dollar rewards for two Hezbollah officials on Tuesday as it stepped up a pressure campaign against the Iranian-backed Lebanese group that it has long designated an international terrorist organisation.

The U.S. State Department said the government was offering up to US$7 million (5.3 million pounds) for information leading to the arrest of Talal Hamiyah, head of Hezbollah's external security organisation, and up to US$5 million for Fuad Shukr, a top Hezbollah military operative.

U.S. counterterrorism officials told a State Department briefing they believe Hezbollah wants to develop the capacity to strike inside the United States and they continue to see activity on behalf of the group in America.

(Reporting by Jonathan Landay; Writing by David Alexander; Editing by Eric Beech)

Source: Reuters