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Congress prepares second front on Iran sanctions

Lawmakers are considering new terrorism-related Iran sanctions targeting Hezbollah after ceding to the Obama administration's request to back off on the nuclear issue.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (C) is escorted by Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) (L), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) (R) before giving testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington April 17, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTXYPB6

House lawmakers are working on new terrorism-related Iran sanctions after ceding to the Barack Obama administration's request to back off the nuclear issue, Al-Monitor has learned.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee is mulling ways to target Hezbollah and its Iranian patron in order to disrupt the group's support for Syria's President Bashar al-Assad. The push would allow lawmakers to demonstrate their independence from the White House on Iran while also addressing the Syrian crisis as the conflict enters its fourth year.

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