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Celina Realuyo
The Terror Crime Nexus: Hezbollah’s Global Facilitators
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Over the past decade, a convergence of illicit networks has empowered terrorists, criminals, and proliferators around the world and amplified transnational threats against nation-states. Hezbollah, the militant Shiite Muslim group in Lebanon, designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union, has capitalized on these illicit networks, leveraging facilitators in the Lebanese diaspora community to secure financing and support from overseas. Hezbollah and its global activities perhaps best represent the terror-crime convergence phenomenon through its networks in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Before the tragic attacks of September 11, 2001 perpetrated by al-Qaeda, Hezbollah was the terrorist group responsible for the most U.S. casualties from terrorist attacks. More recently, Hezbollah has been in the headlines for its active political and military support for the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria. This article will illustrate how Hezbollah uses its global facilitators to finance itself through criminal activities and will underscore the need for more cross-border collaboration among military, intelligence, and law enforcement agencies to combat the convergence of illicit networks and groups like Hezbollah. Since these illicit networks cannot operate without facilitators who enable their activities, it is imperative that governments pursue, detain, and prosecute facilitators as aggressively as they do the criminals and terrorists themselves



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