#AceNewsReport – Nov.25: The entirety of Hezbollah — a Shia Islamist militant group based in Lebanon but active abroad — will also be listed as a terrorist organisation.
#AceDailyNews says according to ABC News Report: The Base, Lebanese Shia party Hezbollah as terrorist organisations making it a criminal offence to be a member: Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews described the group as “a violent, racist and neo-Nazi organisation” known to be planning attacks in several nations.
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The Base group was formed in 2018 and has sought to establish terrorist cells in several nations in an attempt to establish a fascist, white ethno-state.
In the United States, several men linked to the group were being prosecuted for offences including conspiracy to murder.
The far-right group was already designated a terrorist organisation in Canada and the United Kingdom.
Australia’s domestic intelligence agency, ASIO, has warned right-wing extremists such as members of The Base now account for one-third of its investigations.
In March Australia listed an extreme right-wing organisation for the first time, when it designated UK-based neo-Nazi group Sonnenkrieg Division a terrorist organisation.
Ms Andrews said Australia’s terror threat would remain “probable” but indicated an attack would become more likely as the nation’s borders opened.
“That means that we have credible intelligence that there are individuals with the capability and the intent to conduct a terrorist attack here in Australia,” Ms Andrews said.
“We know that as we open our international borders people will start to gather and gather in greater numbers in crowds and that is the sort of thing terrorists look for.
“Now I am not here to scare people, I actually want people to go about their lives.”
Anyone guilty of terrorist organisation offences, including being a member, recruiting, receiving training or acquiring funds for a terrorist organisation can face imprisonment for up to 25 years.
Hezbollah’s political wing added to listing
Hezbollah is based in Lebanon and functions as a Shia Islamist political party and a militant group, which has formed alliances with Iran and Syria.
Security experts have warned Hezbollah’s international network is expanding in size and influence, but prefers covert operations rather than direct conflict.
Until now Australia has only listed the group’s External Security Organisation (ESO) on the terrorist list, exempting its military and political wings.
Adding the entirety of Hezbollah to the list – including the political wing that has government representation – may complicate aid flowing to Lebanon, which is beset by a political and economic crisis.
Ms Andrews said Hezbollah was providing support to other terrorist organisations in the region, such as Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas’s Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades.
Last year, Hezbollah vowed revenge for a US drone strike that killed Iranian Quds Force commander Qasem Solemaini.
The government’s bipartisan committee on intelligence and security has also recommended the entirety of Palestinian group Hamas be listed as a terror organisation.
#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Nov.25: 2021:
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