Project Cassandra

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Project Cassandra is an effort led by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to undercut Hezbollah funding from illicit drug sources.[1] Launched in 2008, the project was said to be investigating the terrorist organization's funding.[2] According to the DEA, Hezbollah has become increasingly involved with drug trafficking and organized crime as a method of funding its activities.[3][4] The investigation was tracking how large sums of money were being laundered from the Americas, through Africa, and to Lebanon into Hezbollah's coffers.[5]

Josh Meyer wrote an investigative report published by Politico in December 2017, described how, during the Obama administration, concerns regarding the Iran nuclear deal took precedence over the DEA project.[2]

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  1. ^ "Report: Obama's White House Went Easy on Hezbollah to Appease Iran". The Daily Beast. 18 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b Josh Meyer. "The secret backstory of how Obama let Hezbollah off the hook". politico.com.
  3. ^ Rupp, Kelsey (26 November 2017). "Hezbollah drug trafficking should spur Trump to appoint DEA head". thehill.com.
  4. ^ "DEA targets Hezbollah's cash flow link to cartels". cbsnews.com.
  5. ^ "ATTACKING HEZBOLLAH'S FINANCIAL NETWORK: POLICY OPTIONS" JUNE 8, 2017 STATEMENT OF DEREK S. MALTZ INTRODUCTION