Two U.S. Cases Provide Window into Iran's Global Terror Network

(Long War Journal) Thomas Joscelyn - On June 8, the U.S. Department of Justice announced two Hizbullah operatives had been arrested after carrying out various missions on behalf of the Iranian-sponsored terrorist organization including surveillance on prospective targets. Ali Kourani, 32 and living in the Bronx, gathered "information regarding operations and security at airports in the U.S. and elsewhere," while also "surveilling U.S. military and law enforcement facilities in Manhattan and Brooklyn." Hizbullah asked Kourani to identify "individuals affiliated with the Israeli Defense Forces" inside the U.S. Samer el Debek, 37, of Dearborn, is charged with "casing security procedures at the Panama Canal and the Israeli Embassy" in Panama, identifying "areas of weakness and construction at the Panama Canal," and determining for Hizbullah "how close someone could get to a ship passing through the Canal." One is left to wonder who else Hizbullah may have stationed inside the U.S. as part of its patient plotting. The writer is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

2017-06-26 00:00:00

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