Project Cassandra is an effort led by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to undercut Hezbollah funding from illicit drug sources. Launched in 2008, the project was said to be investigating the terrorist organization's funding. According to the DEA, Hezbollah has become increasingly involved with drug trafficking and organized crime as a method of funding its activities. The investigation was tracking how large sums of money were being laundered from the Americas, through Africa, and to Lebanon into Hezbollah's coffers.
An investigative report published by Politico in December 2017, described how, during the Obama administration, national security concerns regarding the Iran nuclear deal took precedence over the DEA project.
- "Report: Obama's White House Went Easy on Hezbollah to Appease Iran". The Daily Beast. 18 December 2017.
- "The secret backstory of how Obama let Hezbollah off the hook". politico.com.
- Rupp, Kelsey (26 November 2017). "Hezbollah drug trafficking should spur Trump to appoint DEA head". thehill.com.
- "DEA targets Hezbollah's cash flow link to cartels". cbsnews.com.
- UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HOUSE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS "ATTACKING HEZBOLLAH'S FINANCIAL NETWORK: POLICY OPTIONS" JUNE 8, 2017 STATEMENT OF DEREK S. MALTZ INTRODUCTION http://docs.house.gov/meetings/FA/FA00/20170608/106094/HHRG-115-FA00-Wstate-MaltzD-20170608.pdf