Hizballah and Hamas rank at top of the Forbes Richest Terror Groups list
One of the more far-reaching consequences of former President Barack Obama?s nuclear deal with Iran is on display in Forbes Israel?s latest ranking of the richest terrorist groups in the world, as in 2017 Iran-backed Hezbollah leaped to the top of list with a whopping $1.1 billion in revenue.
That is not to say that all their income stems from Iran. Terrorist organizations in general also fund their purchase of arms, training and salary payments to their members from such criminal activities as drug smuggling, money laundering, kickbacks, kidnappings, protection?, etc., just as organized crime does.
But the nuclear deal, it should be recalled, allowed for the release of billions of dollars into Iran?s state coffers from the lifting of internationally imposed sanctions, and the unfreezing of its assets abroad. This, in turn, allowed the world?s largest sponsor of terrorism to open the spigots to its proxies, and the results can clearly be seen by comparing this year?s Top Ten? list with the previous one, made in 2014. Lebanese group Hezbollah, which has been fighting in Syria for years for Iranian ally Bashar al-Assad, was then ranked fourth, with $500 million only half of what it has today.
Hamas has $700 million
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