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State Dept. on Cypriot Court’s Conviction of Hezbollah Operative

21 March 2013

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesperson
March 21, 2013

STATEMENT BY VICTORIA NULAND, SPOKESPERSON

Cypriot Court Convicts Hezbollah Operative

The United States applauds the government of Cyprus for its professional investigation of and successful conviction in court today of Hezbollah operative Hossam Taleb Yaacoub on a range of charges involving his surveillance activities of Israeli tourist targets. Over the past year, we have seen Hezbollah engage in increasingly aggressive terrorist activity around the world. In July 2012, just two weeks after Yaacoub’s arrest, we witnessed the deadly impact of Hezbollah’s commitment to terrorism in Burgas, Bulgaria. Today’s verdict underscores the need for our European allies – and other governments around the world – to crack down on this deadly group and to send a strong message that Hezbollah can no longer operate with impunity, at home or abroad.