The Obama administration has been accused of sabotaging an operation to stop Hezbollah smuggling drugs into the US so that the nuclear deal with Iran could proceed.
In a stunning exposé by Politico, the former President’s Justice Department is said to have facilitated the Lebanese terror group’s trafficking and money laundering operations by blocking the arrest of key Hezbollah figures.
Donald Trump’s White House slapped at his predecessor Sunday night, with press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeting that the story shows a contrast of ‘President Trump’s success against ISIS vs. President Obama’s appeasement of terrorists.’
And a Republican House leadership aide told DailyMail.com on Monday that the Obama White House ‘was the worst of the worst when it came to fighting terrorism in the ways that mattered most.’
The Drug Enforcement Administration in 2008 began a complex operation called Project Cassandra to tackle Hezbollah – which was founded in the 1980s by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.
But as the Obama administration worked towards a deal to stop Iran’s nuclear program in return for the lifting of economic sanctions, the DEA’s work got more difficult, Politico reports.
It is claimed Obama’s people threw down a number of roadblocks, effectively paving the way for Hezbollah’s $1bn-a-year illegal activities including cocaine smuggling in partnership with the Zeta cartel to continue.
DEA agents claim the Obama administration stopped them arresting key figures linked to Hezbollah as an agreement on the Iran nuclear deal approached – and scrapped Project Cassandra entirely once the terms were agreed in 2015.
The nuclear deal agreed to scrap crippling economic sanctions on Iran in return for a promise from to Tehran to stop nuclear development.
By putting themselves between the DEA and Hezbollah, the Obama administration helped the militant group grow into a global security threat that is suspected of designing IEDs used to kill American troops, the report said.