Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Should We fear Hezbollah attacks in U.S.?

Some seem to think so, including the FBI. Previously on this site we reported on the FBI and the Justice Department as having identified hard-core Hezbollah supporters in the New York area in May of this year. Now the FBI is concerned about the possibility of attacks on U.S. soil. That does not seem so far fetched as Iran's Hezbollah on Tuesday made the threat that "it stood ready to attack Israeli and U.S. interests worldwide".

Iranians demonstrate in support of Hamas and Hizbollah in Tehran, July 18, 2006. REUTERS/Caren Firouz

FBI eyes Hizbollah in US as tensions with Iran rise
By Caroline Drees, Security Correspondent
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The FBI is trying to ferret out possible Hizbollah agents in the United States amid concerns that rising U.S.-Iranian tensions could trigger attacks on American soil, FBI officials said.
Relations between Washington and Tehran, which soured after the 1979 Islamic revolution, have deteriorated further recently over Iran's nuclear program and its support for Hizbollah, the militant Islamic group whose capture of two Israeli soldiers last week prompted Israel to launch retaliatory strikes in Lebanon.
"If the situation escalates, will Hizbollah take the gloves off, so to speak, and attack here in the United States, which they've been reluctant to do until now?" said William Kowalski, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI in Detroit. Read more.

Iran's Hizbollah says ready to attack US, Israel

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's Hizbollah, which claims links to the Lebanese group of the same name, said on Tuesday it stood ready to attack Israeli and U.S. interests worldwide.
"We have 2,000 volunteers who have registered since last year," said Iranian Hizbollah's spokesman Mojtaba Bigdeli, speaking by telephone from the central seminary city of Qom.
"They have been trained and they can become fully armed. We are ready to dispatch them to every corner of the world to jeopardize Israel and America's interests. We are only waiting for the Supreme Leader's green light to take action. If America wants to ignite World War Three ... we welcome it," he said. Read the rest.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it is world war three they want they better come up with more than a few thousand.

1:25 AM, July 20, 2006  
Blogger RFC said...

Well said, I was thinking the same thing myself last night. Do they really want WWIII? I doubt it they and Syria would be destroyed.

8:22 AM, July 20, 2006  
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