The US House of Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) has passed a resolution urging the European Union (EU) to designate Hezbollah in its entirety as a terrorist organization and to increase pressure on the group, according to Alarabiya.
Members of the committee also approved a separate resolution urging the US administration to destroy the Assad regime’s drug networks, particularly those trafficking Captagon, an amphetamine-like stimulant.
For years, Washington has worked to isolate and pressure Iran-backed Hezbollah, but some EU countries, such as France, Italy, and Spain, continue to differentiate between Hezbollah’s military and political wings.
This comes even though a growing number of EU member states, including Austria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, the Netherlands, and Lithuania, have chosen to designate the group in its entirety within their respective countries.
And in recent years, several countries in the Gulf, South and Central America, and Europe have designated Hezbollah in its entirety.
Hezbollah was founded during the Lebanese Civil War as a militant group. It developed into a political party afterward, backed and funded by Iran, and partaking in Lebanon’s political scene while maintaining its militant wing.
According to the US State Department, Hezbollah has tens of thousands of members and supporters worldwide.