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Mr. al Din and Mr. Kanan were born in Lebanon’s Baalbeck region, according to the Treasury Department.
The latest allegations about Venezuela’s involvement with Hezbollah follow reports that Mr. Chavez personally aided guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, a Marxist-based insurgency that has battled to overthrow the Colombian government for four decades.
The FARC connection is based on records in laptop computers seized by Colombian troops who raided a FARC camp in Ecuador in March.
Mr. Chavez claims the content is fabricated by U.S. intelligence officials working with the government of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, who remains an ally of the U.S. in a region where governments have shifted to the left in recent years.
Mr. Chavez, a persistent antagonist of the U.S. who has called President Bush “the devil,” also has established strong business and commercial links with the Iranian government.
Mr. Chavez and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have exchanged state visits and agreed on more than $17 billion worth of joint ventures in energy, mining and industrial projects.
Iran and Syria are Hezbollah’s primary sponsors in the Middle East.
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