Is Hezbollah Paying for Lebanon Reconstruction with Counterfeit US Bills?
A Recent reports that Hezbollah is giving brand new ‘crisp’ US currency to Lebanese citizens raises questions about where this “money” is actually coming from.
A “Hizbollah handed out bundles of cash on Friday to people whose homes were wrecked by Israeli bombing, consolidating the Iranian-backed group’s support among Lebanon’s Shi’ites and embarrassing the Beirut government.” – as reported by Reuters.
During the recent bombing of Hezbollah financial centers in Lebanon, a cameraman inadvertently filmed a damaged building with scores of uncut sheets of US currency lying about.
A report byÂ Richard Engel broadcast on “NBC Nightly News”Â in June 2006 reveals the following:
Â Richard Engel, the network’s Beirut bureau chief, is reporting from southern Lebanon, and at 1:07 in the video, as he’s saying, “In Sidon, we found part of the financial district flattened,” you briefly see an image of what look like uncut sheets of U.S. hundred-dollar bills.
A U.S. Treasury Department report from 2004 states that members of Hezbollah leadership,” …distributes fake U.S. dollars and generates cash to fund Hezbollah operations.”