The United States blacklisted a Lebanese construction firm linked to Hezbollah. The Treasury Department this week designated Jihad al-Bina a terrorist organization, a move that bans Americans from doing business with it and freezes its U.S. assets. Jihad al-Bina, which means “Construction for the Sake of Holy Struggle,” has led efforts to rebuild Hezbollah population centers hit by Israelâ€™s Lebanon offensive last year. Hezbollah responded to the Treasuryâ€™s move by accusing the Bush administration of trying to hinder Hezbollahâ€™s rebuilding efforts, which could be a boon to parallel efforts by the moderate Lebanese government.
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