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'Fear: Trump in the White House' is the new book by legendary Watergate journalist Bob Woodward. It was released earlier this month.
A book on the Trump administration says Hezbollah is involved in the trafficking of ivory in Mozambique and it “has people” in the country .
Between 30 to 50 agents of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement are operating in Mozambique, where they are involved in ivory trafficking, a new book by legendary Watergate journalist and associate editor at The Washington Post Bob Woodward says.
According to ‘Fear: Trump in the White House’, the presence of elements of the Hezbollah Lebanese movement in Mozambique was discussed at the highest level in the White House.
“The Watergate reporter has written another sober, must-read dissection of corruption and rot at the White House…’Fear’ depicts a White House awash in dysfunction…Woodward’s ‘Fear’ is big on facts and short on hyperventilation.” @guardian https://t.co/6XaLhCJwjV
— Bob Woodward (@realBobWoodward) September 27, 2018
The book shook the political scene in Washington when it was recently published, with its allegations of chaos and internal struggles in the administration of President Donald Trump.
But ‘Fear’ also gives details on discussions involving international issues such as Hezzbollah’s growing military strength. The United States considers it a terrorist organisation and so characterises its activities, not only in the Middle East, but around the world.
Derek Harvey, who was President Trump’s top Middle East adviser until July 2017, had a White House meeting with Jared Kushner, a senior adviser and son-in-law of President Trump, to whom he presented intelligence data obtained by the US secret Services on Hezbollah, an organisation Harvey considered his “number one concern in the Middle East”.
The “sensitive intelligence”, reads the book, “showed that Hezbollah had “48,000 full-time military in Lebanon where they presented an existential threat to Israel” and “8,000 expeditionary forces in Syria, Yemen and region-wide commando units”.
“In addition, they had people world-wide – 30 to 50 each in Colombia, Venezuela, South Africa, Mozambique and Kenya,” reads the book, adding that Iran was “paying Hezbollah’s bills at a staggering $1 billion a year”.
“That did not include the money that Hezbollah made through money laundering, human trafficking, cocaine and opium trades, and selling ivory tusks from Mozambique,” the book says, adding no further details.
The full text from the book is below. As you can see, it says Hezbollah has 30-50 “people” in Moz, and that the group is involved in ivory smuggling, but there’s no mention of what Harvey (the US intel official) means by “people”. pic.twitter.com/mEqJpFNuWL
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