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U.S. Sanctions Hezbollah Commander in Soldiers’ Deaths

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Nov. 19 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Treasury Department placed sanctions on Ali Mussa Daqduq al-Musawi, a Hezbollah commander responsible for attacks against coalition forces in Iraq.

As a result, any of Daqduq’s property or interests in property in the United States are blocked, and U.S. persons are prohibited from engaging in transactions with him, Treasury spokesman John Sullivan said today in an e-mail.

Daqduq is responsible for numerous acts, including planning an attack on the Karbala Joint Provincial Coordination Center in January of 2007 that killed five U.S. soldiers, the Treasury Department said today in a written statement.

An Iraqi court dismissed terrorism charges and false documents charges against Daqduq on May 7, and on Nov. 16 he was released from custody, according to the Treasury.

David Cohen, the Treasury’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in today’s statement that Daqduq is a dangerous Hezbollah operative “responsible for planning and carrying out numerous acts of terrorism in Iraq.”

“The United States is extremely disappointed he was allowed to go free and we will continue our efforts to bring him to justice,” Cohen said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Kasia Klimasinska in Washington at kklimasinska@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Wellisz at cwellisz@bloomberg.net