Australia on Wednesday classified Hezbollah as a terrorist organization in its entirety – banning the military wing alongside the political wing.
Home Secretary Karen Andrews told parliament there was no room “for violent and hate ideologies” in the country as she announced crackdown on Lebanon-based Shiite Islamist militant group but active abroad and based on the demand for the complete destruction of Israel.
She said the Tehran-backed group “continues to threaten terrorist attacks and supports terrorist organizations,” adding that its militia has been listed as a terrorist organization in Australia since 2003 as well as abroad, as reported by reported Breitbart News.
ABC News reports that security experts have warned that Hezbollah’s international network is increasing in size and influence, but prefers covert operations over direct conflict.
Australia has so far only put the group’s External Security Organization (ESO) on the terrorist list, exempting its military and political wings from further scrutiny.
Andrews said Hezbollah is supporting other terrorist organizations in the region, such as the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas’ Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades.
Last year, Hezbollah vowed revenge for a US drone strike that killed Iranian Quds Force Commander Qasem Solemaini, as he more recently worked to disrupt navigation in international waters. .
Hezbollah terrorist leader Hasan Nasrallah has confirmed that an oil tanker is bound for Lebanon from Iran, in blatant disregard of US sanctions. https://t.co/F5Yt4Zfkfi
– Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) August 21, 2021
The government’s bipartisan committee on intelligence and security also recommended that the entire Palestinian group Hamas be listed as a terrorist organization.
Canberra has also called the neo-Nazi group The Base a terrorist organization. Andrews said the “violent, racist and neo-Nazi group” are known to security agencies for planning and preparing for terrorist attacks.
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