Germany to outlaw Hezbollah next week — report

German Chancellor Merkel 
The Government of Germany has been reportedly set to outlaw the Iranian-backed Shiite terror organization Hezbollah, leading German news magazine Der Spiegel reports.

The news paper, with reference to government sources says that the foreign, justice and interior ministries in Berlin agreed on the move, which will be formalized next week at a conference.

In September U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell demanded the German government ban Hezbollah in its entirety, saying that the Lebanese paramilitary organization sponsors terrorism and anti-Semitism.

In an op-ed published in the German daily Die Welt, Grenell called Hezbollah Iran’s “most-violent terrorist representatives,” who have “murdered innocent people” for 37 years. It is not the first time Grenell has asked Germany to ban the organization.

In 2013 the EU banned the military arm of Hezbollah. But in many EU countries, including Germany, the political section is recognized.

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