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house Bill H.R. 361

Should the U.S. Apply Terrorism Sanctions Against Iranian-Backed Groups in Iraq?

Argument in favor

Iranian support for As-Saib Ahl Al-Haq (AAH) and Harakat Hizballah Al-Nujaba (HHN) is a major contributor to Iraq’s destabilization. Sanctioning these groups and their agents is an important step towards combating their influence and the violence they spread in the Middle East.

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04/28/2019
Yes that’s a very important thing to do the Republicans made an absolutely mess in Iraq But what’s even more frightening as we now have a republican president that’s a lying Idiot moron. He doesn’t have the fundamental knowledge needed to grasp the simplest aspects of the problems in Iraq. It’s a foreign policy matter I think Congress has been given dominion over foreign policy So they should leave the massive moron Trump out of it before he makes the problem worse. It’s a total shame that we have a man in the White House that has the IQ of a 12-year-old and the moral compass of an eight-year-old. A tragedy for this country.
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04/28/2019
We must stop and attack terrorism wherever we find it, use all means at our disposal to destroy them whether it’s financial, sanctions or military action. We owe this to those who died on 9-11 and fighting terrorist since that day of infamy. I don’t know why it took this long to designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization, it should have been done decades ago. #MAGA
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04/28/2019
Go, Anna! Countable let this one of yours through to me! Hooray! Right on Dave! Good one, John! Burrkitty, thank you for pointing out that the Saudis we’re responsible for 9/11. I believe most Ignorants do not know or have forgotten this! Our focus should be on our “domestic” terrorists first! The White Supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazis, and any of their ilk. Are you People aware that the Pig has, mostly, instructed law enforcement NOT to worry about “domestic” terrorists? Hey, we can’t arrest any of his buddies, can we? The Pig should be in prison for inciting people to violence. How one can argue otherwise is unscrupulous! If I even suggested what I’d like to see done to him, I’d be in jail in minutes. Yet he can be hateful and vindictive against me and you, every day. Where is the justice in that? Dems, quit letting them stonewall you. Grab a set of balls and impeach the bastard for all the treasonable things he’s ALREADY DONE! Thank you!
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Argument opposed

Whether Hizballah is a terrorist organization is open to interpretation. Some believe it’s a legitimate political group — as evidenced by its victory in 2018 elections in Lebanon. If Hizballah isn’t really a terrorist group, it and its agents shouldn’t be sanctioned as such.

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04/28/2019
Let’s enforce sanctions on Russia, our most powerful and important foreign enemy, first and foremost. Iran will be less of a problem if Russia is de-fanged.
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04/29/2019
How about we deal with our domestic terrorists and the laws addressing that issue? The synagogue shootings, the neo-Nazis, the KKK... People are dying almost every damn day from our home grown terrorists. Besides, I have a hard time buying off on actions on foreign terrorists in Iran when the last deadly action by foreign agents on US soil was primarily composed of SAUDI ARABIANS. With no repercussions. Not to mention that poor journalist killed by SAUDI ARABIA. With no repercussions. So since we aren’t doing anything about SAUDI ARABIA, we clearly don’t actually care. So let’s deal with our home grown domestic terrorists. At least we know who the right target are here at home.
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04/28/2019
There's too much opinion here and not wnough FACT. The bill is very misleading and presents very little evidence other than just saying "terrorist". I would be for it if there were more presented to support the reasons. Right now its all the interpretation of the reader.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedJanuary 9th, 2019

What is House Bill H.R. 361?

This bill — the Iranian Proxies Terrorist Sanctions Act of 2019 — would direct the president to impose terrorism-related sanctions against As-Saib Ahl Al-Haq (AAH), Harakat Hizballah Al-Nujaba (HHN), and their agents. Additionally, this bill would require the president to submit a report to the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on whether seven specific individuals — Qais al-Khazali, Laith al-Khazali, Akram Abbas al-Kaabi, Shibl al-Zaydi, Kazim al-Ta’i, Hamid al-Jazairi, and Ali al-Yasiri — meet the criteria for the application of terrorism-related sanctions.

Finally, this bill would direct the Secretary of State to establish, maintain, and publish an annual global list of armed groups, militias, or proxy forces receiving logistical, military, or financial assistance from the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) or over which the IRGC exerts any form of control of influence. This annual list would be published as part of the State Dept.’s Annual Country Reports on Terrorism. When appropriate, the Secretary of State could submit classified annexes to these reports to the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Impact

The president; As-Saib Ahl Al-Haq (AAH); Harakat Hizballah Al-Nujaba (HHN); agents of AAH; agents of HHN; Qais al-Khazali; Laith al-Khazali; Akram Abbas al-Kaabi; Shibl al-Zaydi; Kazim al-Ta’i; Hamid al-Jazairi; and Ali al-Yasiri.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 361

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthRep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) reintroduced this bill from the 115th Congress to apply terrorism sanctions on As-Saib Ahl Al-Haq (AAH) and Harakat Hizballah Al-Nujaba (HHN), two notorious Iranian-backed armed groups that have contributed to Iraq’s destabilization:

“The Iranian Proxies Terrorist Sanctions Act of 2019 is a necessary step to hold As-Saib Ahl Al-Haq (AAH) and Harakat Hizballah Al-Nujaba (HHN) responsible for their violation of basic human rights in Iraq and across the region. These two groups have American blood on their hands and are responsible for over 6,000 attacks against the United States and our coalition forces since 2011. It is our responsibility to continue promoting peace through strength. Imposing these sanctions will send a strong message from the United States – we will not allow Iran to continue wreaking havoc in the Middle East without suffering the consequences. I am grateful to President Donald Trump for his continued leadership against terrorist organizations, and I will continue to stand up for stability and peace in the Middle East.”

In floor remarks upon introducing this bill, Rep. Wilson expounded upon the need for this bill to defend American interests in Iraq:

“[T]he murderous regime in  Tehran has a very clear policy: death to America, death to Israel. That is why Iran trains, arms, and funds militia groups to fight its proxy wars throughout the Middle East. In Iraq, these militias destabilize the country, weaken Baghdad's central authority, and do Iran's bidding. These militias directly threaten American interests in Iraq. Many of them have American blood on their hands, but they are not being held accountable for their actions by our government. That is why I introduced the Iranian Proxies Terrorist Sanctions Act… This bill will finally sanction two notorious Iranian-controlled proxy groups in Iraq, including those responsible for the September 2018 attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and U.S. Consulate Mosul.”

Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY), an original cosponsor of this bill, adds:

“In Iraq, Iranian-backed militias beholden to Qassem Soleimani have been committing human rights abuses for years. As-Saib Ahl Al Haq and Harakat Hizballah Al-Nujaba have been threatening American troops and the Iraqi people for far too long. This bipartisan legislation is an important step towards punishing these groups and their backers for their nefarious activities in Iraq and the region.”

This bill has nine bipartisan cosponsors, including six Republicans and three Democrats, in the 116th Congress. Last Congress, Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) introduced this bill in the Senate with the support of two Republican cosponsors, and it didn’t receive a committee vote.


Of NoteThe American Coalition Against Nuclear Iran contends that state-sponsored terrorism by Iran is a “defining hallmark of the Iranian regime”:

Since the Iran Hostage Crisis in 1979, one of the defining hallmarks of the Iranian regime has been its habitual use of terrorism against the United States and its allies throughout the world and its ties to terrorist organizations. In addition to carrying out direct attacks, Iran has committed terrorism by proxy through Hezbollah, Hamas, the Taliban, militias in Iraq, Syria, Bahrain, and the Gulf and a plethora of other terrorist groups. Iran has a long history of terrorist attacks against the U.S. and other Western countries, carrying out bombings, abductions, and hijackings.”

In November 2018 comments at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Counterterrorism Lecture Series, Nathan Sales, Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism, argued that Iran is “the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism”:

“Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. Period. It has held that dubious distinction for many years now and shows no sign of relinquishing the title… [T]he regime in Tehran continues to provide hundreds of millions of dollars every year to terrorists across the world. It does this, despite ongoing economic turmoil that’s impoverishing many of its people. The beneficiaries of this misbegotten largesse range from Hizballah in Lebanon, to Hamas in Gaza, to violent rejectionist groups in the West Bank, to the Houthis in Yemen, to hostile militias in Iraq and Syria… Iran provides Hizballah alone some $700 million a year. It gives another $100 million to various Palestinian terrorist groups. When you throw in the money provided to other terrorists, the total comes close to one billion dollars… Tehran’s priorities are clear. It doesn’t seek to boost economic growth at home, or to improve Iranian living standards. It doesn’t seek to reduce Iran’s growing unemployment. What the regime prioritizes, despite the country’s increasing economic distress, is buying guns and bombs for foreign terrorists… Iran has built and backed new militia forces in Syria and Iraq. This cadre of battle-hardened fighters can serve as a loyal expeditionary force for the Iranian regime. We’ve seen first-hand in recent months how dangerous these proxies can be. Two months ago, Iranian-linked militias in Iraq launched rockets at our embassy in Baghdad and our consulate in Basra. Fortunately, no one was killed, but these attacks can leave no doubt about the regime’s support for violence… Tehran is the chief patron of Lebanese Hizballah, one of the world’s most capable and worrisome terrorist groups. Thanks to Iran’s backing, Hizballah has built a fearsome arsenal. The group now has more than 100,000 rockets in Lebanon, a massive and destabilizing build-up. Indifferent to the people it purports to defend, Hizballah hides its missile factories in population centers – effectively using innocent civilians as human shields. And while Hizballah likes to tout its political role and social services in Lebanon, that’s an ill-fitting fig leaf for its true and more nefarious agenda. Let’s be clear: Hizballah is not an NGO; it is not just another political party. Hizballah is a terrorist group with a bloody record of perpetrating violence and destruction in Lebanon and Syria, throughout the Middle East, and around the world. Hizballah’s ambitions and global reach rival those of al-Qa’ida and ISIS. In recent years, Hizballah operatives have been caught preparing attacks as far afield as Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Cyprus, Egypt, Peru, and Thailand. Hizballah weapons caches have been discovered in the Gulf, in Europe, in Asia, and in Africa. In 2012, Hizballah bombed a bus in Bulgaria, killing five Israeli tourists and one Bulgarian citizen.”

In February 2012 remarks to supporters, Hizbollah’s leader, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, acknowledged that the organization has received “moral, and political and material support in all possible forms from the Islamic Republican of Iran since 1982.

However, Channel 4 News FactCheck notes, not all agree that Hizbollah is rightfully classified as a terrorist organization:

“[S]ome would dispute the claim that Hezbollah are a terrorist group… to many, Hezbollah is a liberation movement, using force to legitimately resist Israeli occupation. It has evolved into a political party, as well, which [won an election in Lebanon in 2018].”

In March 2019, the State Dept. listed Harakat Hizballah Al-Nujaba and its leader, Akram al-Kabi, as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs). David Adesnik, director of research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), suggests that the U.S. should continue sanctioning other Iranian-backed militias:

“In keeping with its broader strategy to counter Tehran’s influence in Iraq, the U.S. should continue to sanction Iranian-backed militias. The U.S. should next consider designating [Asaib Ahl al-Haq, an Iranian proxy that claimed more than 6,000 attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq] and its leader, Qais al-Khazali, who has broad influence over the PMF.”


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

(Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com / Joel Carillet)

AKA

Iranian Proxies Terrorist Sanctions Act of 2019

Official Title

To impose terrorism-related sanctions with respect to As-Saib Ahl Al-Haq and Harakat Hizballah Al-Nujaba, and for other purposes.

    Yes that’s a very important thing to do the Republicans made an absolutely mess in Iraq But what’s even more frightening as we now have a republican president that’s a lying Idiot moron. He doesn’t have the fundamental knowledge needed to grasp the simplest aspects of the problems in Iraq. It’s a foreign policy matter I think Congress has been given dominion over foreign policy So they should leave the massive moron Trump out of it before he makes the problem worse. It’s a total shame that we have a man in the White House that has the IQ of a 12-year-old and the moral compass of an eight-year-old. A tragedy for this country.
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    Let’s enforce sanctions on Russia, our most powerful and important foreign enemy, first and foremost. Iran will be less of a problem if Russia is de-fanged.
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    How about we deal with our domestic terrorists and the laws addressing that issue? The synagogue shootings, the neo-Nazis, the KKK... People are dying almost every damn day from our home grown terrorists. Besides, I have a hard time buying off on actions on foreign terrorists in Iran when the last deadly action by foreign agents on US soil was primarily composed of SAUDI ARABIANS. With no repercussions. Not to mention that poor journalist killed by SAUDI ARABIA. With no repercussions. So since we aren’t doing anything about SAUDI ARABIA, we clearly don’t actually care. So let’s deal with our home grown domestic terrorists. At least we know who the right target are here at home.
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    There's too much opinion here and not wnough FACT. The bill is very misleading and presents very little evidence other than just saying "terrorist". I would be for it if there were more presented to support the reasons. Right now its all the interpretation of the reader.
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    Think before you leap! The knee jerk response would be to vote “Yes”, BUT, we need to consider the secondary and tertiary effects of this proposal. We need to play a game of chess, not checkers. First, more sanctions on Iranian activity trickles down to the Iranian people, which will suffer shortages imposed by these sanctions. Thus, this assumes that sanctions will force Iranian government to consider the hardships and will then comply. Not likely. Where there is a vacuum, Russia will gladly step in and provide, this they become the saviors and win the hearts and minds.
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    Boom Boom Bolton is on the war path to invade Iran. How about developing a foreign policy that is based on diplomacy rather than on war-mongering. Rather than imposing sanctions on Iran a better approach would be to get back into the agreement with our allies to keep Iran from developing nukes. I can’t believe how much Trump and this administration have set back our foreign policy in just two years. What happened to sanctions on Russia, Saudi Arabia and North Korea? Trump doesn’t know right from wrong, friend from foe. Get him out of our White House.
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    We must stop and attack terrorism wherever we find it, use all means at our disposal to destroy them whether it’s financial, sanctions or military action. We owe this to those who died on 9-11 and fighting terrorist since that day of infamy. I don’t know why it took this long to designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization, it should have been done decades ago. #MAGA
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    Stay the hell away from Iran. We don’t need Iran/Iraq war part 2. You want to sanction a country doing harm to us then I suggest Saudi Arabia who was responsible for 911 and the killing of one of our journalists, Syria and so many other malicious acts, or Russia who is actively seeking to control the US and every other country on earth. You’ve already got China covered although that’s working against us, and your interference in Central and South America will simply lead to more trouble. Stay out of the Middle East.
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    The United States needs to stop getting involved in the internal affairs of Middle East countries. We only make the situation worse when we do. Also, the biggest sponsor of terrorism in this region is Saudi Arabia which exports their extremist ideology all across the world and threatening our national security, but our corrupt Washington politicians don’t focus on them because they love the oil that we get from them.
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    Go, Anna! Countable let this one of yours through to me! Hooray! Right on Dave! Good one, John! Burrkitty, thank you for pointing out that the Saudis we’re responsible for 9/11. I believe most Ignorants do not know or have forgotten this! Our focus should be on our “domestic” terrorists first! The White Supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazis, and any of their ilk. Are you People aware that the Pig has, mostly, instructed law enforcement NOT to worry about “domestic” terrorists? Hey, we can’t arrest any of his buddies, can we? The Pig should be in prison for inciting people to violence. How one can argue otherwise is unscrupulous! If I even suggested what I’d like to see done to him, I’d be in jail in minutes. Yet he can be hateful and vindictive against me and you, every day. Where is the justice in that? Dems, quit letting them stonewall you. Grab a set of balls and impeach the bastard for all the treasonable things he’s ALREADY DONE! Thank you!
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    I fear the Trump administration is looking for a reason to go to war with Iran. Saudi’s Arabia and Israel are no doubt pushing fir it, too. And, I understand from a March 2017 article in the New Yorker that Trump was personally involved with the guard in building a hotel in Iran.
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    I personally think it is time to withdraw from the Far East. We have spent to many years, money and most importantly way to many lives in this feuding. Yes there is already legislation on the books for these policies. Sanctions don’t work, China and Russia along with other countries will support what we don’t. If Iran can do a better job allow them. We have wasted more time and money in useless government policies. We screwed up when we support the Shah in Iran. We screwed up the Iranian Democracy back in the 60’s. The only reason for this Bill is to line someone’s pockets, nothing else.
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    These terrorist organizations should be excluded from the world community.
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    I think we should mind our own business
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    Not until terrorist sanctions are applied to America's KKK, Neo Nazi and White Supremacist who Little Deranged Donny Trump claim are"very good people".
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    Stop any manner of aggression towards Iran, make peace not war. Use diplomacy, listen; stop the war drums!
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    YES, BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW THAT #IRAN WANTS "DEATH TO AMERICA"--WE SHOULD NEVER HAVE ANY DEALINGS WITH PEOPLE WHO WANT US DEAD. IT'S NOT OBAMA'S WORLD ANYMORE
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    We are from the other side of the planet and have forced there, why single out Iran. We killed hundreds of thousands in a pointless war, who are we to judge and control their lands. Iraq should manage it’s own affairs.
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    Stop sabotaging the Iraq nuclear treaty! Fully Fund and Fully Staff the State department with qualified people Now!
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    This administration is two faced. And both faces are bad. This isn’t about Muslim terrorists . It’s all about money. This is Trumps version of the green new deal.7
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