Hizbullah Sleeper Cells in America

(Wall Street Journal) Michael Totten - Hizbullah is a multinational terror operation with Iran as its funder and controller. Until 9/11, no terrorist organization had killed more Americans than Hizbullah, the Lebanese Shiite group, from the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing, which killed 241 Marines, to the 1996 detonation of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, which killed 19 U.S. airmen. In Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon's Party of God, former FBI counterterrorism analyst Matthew Levitt explodes the myth that it is a parochial Lebanese political party with an armed wing charged solely with resisting an Israeli occupation that ended 13 years ago, on May 25, 2000. Levitt narrates the full history of the organization in absorbing detail with an emphasis on its 30-year history of terrorism. The Iranian regime created Hizbullah as the overseas branch of its own Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps - the tip of an Iranian imperial spear. Hizbullah operatives and sleeper cells are certainly in America. "Law enforcement officials across the Southwest," Levitt writes, "are reporting a rise in imprisoned gang members with Farsi tattoos," including some with Hizbullah imagery. Another official he quotes puts it this way: "You could almost pick your city and you would probably have a [Hizbullah] presence."

2013-10-10 00:00:00

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