US official urges EU to designate Hezbollah a terror group

WASHINGTON – The White House’s senior terrorism advisor slammed the European Union Friday for not designating Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, saying that omission made it harder to combat the Lebanese militant group’s activities.
John Brennan, US President Barack Obama’s assistant for counterterrorism, urged the EU and member countries to designate Hezbollah. He noted that Ireland, where he was delivering his remarks, was among those countries that hadn’t done so.
“Failure to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization makes it harder to defend our countries and protect our citizens,” Brennan declared, saying it complicates law enforcement efforts because of the problems invoking terror charges against Hezbollah suspects.
“We call upon our European allies and partners—including the EU—to join us, not only in recognizing Hezbollah’s terrorist and criminal activities, but in condemning and disrupting those activities,” Brennan said.
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