U.S. Officials Warn of Potential Hizbullah Threat to U.S. Homeland

(VOA News) Jeff Seldin - Nicholas Rasmussen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), said Tuesday that while there were no imminent threats, Hizbullah was actively trying to target the U.S. "We in the intelligence community do in fact see continued activity on behalf of Hizbullah here inside the homeland. Hizbullah is determined to give itself a potential [U.S.] homeland option as a critical component of its terrorism playbook." While some countries view Hizbullah both as a terror group and as a political party, State Department Counterterrorism Coordinator Nathan Sales said Tuesday, "Make no mistake, Hizbullah has no political wing. It is a single organization, a terrorist organization, and it is rotten to its core." The State Department announced on Tuesday a $7 million reward for information about Talal Hamiyah, who runs Hizbullah's External Security Organization, and $5 million for information about Fu'ad Shukr, a senior operative who helped plan the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon.

2017-10-11 00:00:00

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