The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) ranked the leader of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, first in the list of “Top 20 Most Dangerous Extremists,” topping ISIS, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the anti-Muslim Buddhist group in Myanmar.
Ranked 2nd in the list is the current ISIS caliph Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla, followed by Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas political chief, ranking 3rd.
According to the CEP’s report, the list of the top 20 ‘Most Dangerous Extremists’ considered individuals from across the spectrum of ideologies and beliefs.
It noted that it ranked Nasrallah first because it has shaped Hezbollah into the dominant political power in Lebanon, and is the “driving force” behind its military operations.
“Before September 11, 2001, Hezbollah was responsible for more deaths of Americans worldwide than any other organization,” the report noted.
In 1995, Washington went on to sanction Nasrallah for threatening to disrupt the Middle East peace process. In 2012, the U.S. Treasury sanctioned him for helping the Syrian regime crush anti-government protests.
That sanctioning designation came under U.S. Executive Order 13582, signed by President Barack Obama in August 2011 in part to crack down on those helping Syria repress the uprising against Bashar al-Assad’s rule.
The United States and its Arab Gulf partners expanded on additional sanctions during 2018, targeting Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah.