The US State Department is offering a reward of up to $10 million for information on the IRGC financial distributor to Hezbollah, Muhammad Qasir.
The "Reward for Justice" program affiliated with the US State Department said in a statement on Tuesday that the reward will be given for information leading to the disruption of the financial mechanisms of Hezbollah.
“Muhammad Ja’far Qasir, also known as Shaykh Salah and Hossein Gholi, is a key Hezbollah financier, who provides funding for Hezbollah operations through a number of illegal smuggling and procurement activities and other criminal enterprises,” read the statement.
In addition to funding Hezbollah's activities, Qasir channels funds from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF).
It is through him that the IRGC-QF is able to hide its involvement in the sale of oil and other extractives, which is a crucial source of revenue for Hezbollah, the IRGC-QF, the brutal regime of Bashar al-Assad, and others.
Qasir leads Hezbollah’s Unit 108, which coordinates closely with the IRGC-QF to facilitate the transfer of weapons, technology, and other support from Syria to Lebanon.
Qasir was designated a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the US Department of Treasury in May 2018.
All Qasir's properties and interests under US jurisdiction are blocked as a result of this designation, and US citizens are prohibited from engaging in business with Qasir.
Washington has designated Hezbollah as a foreign terrorist organization, which means providing material support or resources to it is illegal.