Jeff Sessions pledges new look into old administration's shutdown of drug investigation

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The project was initially started in 2008 by the Drug Enforcement Administration, with the help of 30 other US and foreign agencies, and reportedly discovered a $1 billion per year operation that included weapons, drug trafficking and money laundering used to fund Hezbollah, according to Politico last month. The allegations were reportedly not pursued by the previous administration because of Iranian sensitivities.

Sessions says the Justice Department will leave no stone unturned to stop threats to America's safety.

The move comes after it was revealed the Obama administration squashed a number of Hezbollah narcotics trafficking and money laundering prosecutions -which led the U.S.to top leaders in the organization- in order to secure the Iran nuclear deal with the regime. The scheme evolved into a billion-dollar criminal network, Politico Magazine reported last month.

"The "Hezbollah Financing and Narcoterrorism Team" will begin by assessing the evidence in existing investigations, including cases stemming from Project Cassandra, a law enforcement initiative targeting Hezbollah's drug trafficking and related operations", the department said.

Former Obama administration officials pushed back on Politico's report, asserting the Iran nuclear deal was separate from how the administration dealt with Hezbollah.

The new team of prosecutors specializing in worldwide narcotics trafficking, terrorism, organized crime, and money laundering will ensure that "all Project Cassandra investigations as well as other related investigations, whether past or present, are given the needed resources and attention to come to their proper resolution", said the attorney general.

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According to USA sources, Washington's step comes in the framework of its escalatory pressures to stop the spread of Iran's influence in the Middle East and to restrict "Hezbollah's" military powers in the region.

President Donald Trump plans to extend waivers on sanctions against Iran that were suspended under the nuclear deal.

In a move that bolsters the Trump administration's war on terror and increased focus on Iran, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new task force Thursday focused on combating Hezbollah.

Signed in July 2015, the Iran nuclear deal offered to lift crippling economic sanctions previously placed on the Middle East power in exchange for deterring its nuclear weapons programs. In October, he refused to certify that Iran was in compliance with the agreement, saying it wasn't in USA national security interests.

Led by Acting Assistant Attorney General John Cronan of the criminal division, the team is comprised of global narcotics trafficking, terrorism, organized crime, and money laundering prosecutors.

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