US President Barack Obama delivers a speech following a US-Gulf Cooperation Council Summit in Riyadh, on April 21, 2016. Despite concerns about Iran's behaviour, neither the US nor Gulf states wish for conflict with the Shiite nation, Obama said. "None of our nations have an interest in conflict with Iran," he said at the close of a meeting in the Saudi capital with the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council. / AFP / Jim Watson (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Sessions Announces Hezbollah Financing, Narcoterror Team After Bombshell Report

The Department of Justice announced Thursday that it is creating a task force to take a fresh look at drug-trafficking and money-laundering operations linked to Hezbollah after an investigative report last month claimed that the Obama administration turned a blind eye to such activities to preserve the Iran nuclear deal.

The task force, dubbed the Hezbollah Financing and Narcoterrorism Team (HFNT), will begin its work by reviewing investigations stemming from Project Cassandra, a campaign led by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) targeting the Lebanese terror group’s actions.

According to a Politico report published last month, officials with the Obama Justice and Treasury Departments repeatedly delayed or rejected requests by Project Cassandra leaders to pursue significant investigations, prosecutors or sanctions.

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