Hezbollah has always been and continues to be a worldwide threat.
The two men were seeking targets. Hezbollah is Iran’s proxy terrorist organisation.
On Thursday, two members of the terrorist organization Hezbollah were arrested in the United States; one in the Bronx and one in Michigan. One was gathering information regarding operations and security at airports in the U.S. and surveilling U.S. military and law enforcement facilities in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The other was identifying areas of weakness and construction at the Panama Canal. DailyWire
Department of Justice statement:
“Today, we announce serious terrorism charges against two men who allegedly trained with and supported the Islamic Jihad Organization, a component of the foreign terrorist organization Hizballah. Recruited as Hizballah operatives, Samer El Debek and Ali Kourani allegedly received military-style training, including in the use of weapons like rocket-propelled grenade launchers and machine guns for use in support of the group’s terrorist mission. At the direction of his Hizballah handlers, El Debek allegedly conducted missions in Panama to locate the U.S. and Israeli Embassies and to assess the vulnerabilities of the Panama Canal and ships in the Canal. Kourani allegedly conducted surveillance of potential targets in America, including military and law enforcement facilities in New York City. Thanks to the outstanding work of the FBI and NYPD, the allegedly destructive designs of these two Hizballah operatives have been thwarted, and they will now face justice in a Manhattan federal court.”
Kourani, 32, was born in Lebanon and has been trained in weapons since the age of 16. He arrived in the U.S. in 2003 and earned citizenship six years later. According to Legal Insurrection, Kourani lied on his immigration application and denied having any ties to terror organizations. While living in the Bronx, Kourani earned a degree in biomedical engineering and an M.A. in business administration. In his free time he tried to buy weapons to send to the Hezbollah organization. TruthRevolt
Ali Kourani, 32, of the Bronx, New York, was charged with providing, attempting, and conspiring to provide material support to Hezbollah; receiving and conspiring to receive military-type training from Hezbollah; a related weapons offense that is alleged to have involved, among other weapons, a rocket-propelled grenade launcher and machine guns; violating and conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA); and naturalization fraud to facilitate an act of international terrorism. DailyWire
El Debek, 37, lives in Livonia, Michigan, and is believed to have joined the terror organization in 2008. He is accused of traveling to Lebanon on multiple occasions for training and bomb making. Using his U.S. passport, El Debek went to Thailand in 2009 reportedly “to help clean up explosive residue left behind in a safehouse used by members of a Hezbollah-backed terror cell.” In 2011, he traveled to Panama and photographed the U.S. and Israeli embassies. A year later, he was back checking out the Panama Canal. TruthRevolt
Samer el Debek, 37, of Dearborn, Michigan, aka “Samer Eldebek,” was charged with providing, attempting and conspiring to provide material support to Hezbollah; receiving and conspiring to receive military-type training from Hezbollah; use of weapons in connection with a crime of violence that is alleged to have involved, among other weapons, explosives, a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, and machine guns; and violating and conspiring to violate IEEPA.DailyWire
Seaboard, an international Kansas-based company in 2010 bought a 50% stake in Butterball, the largest turkey producer in the U.S. The Wall Street Journal reports, “that an American food producer that counts Butterball turkeys among its brands has done millions of dollars of business in Africa with a company blacklisted by U.S. authorities for supporting terror.”
Seaboard is an international company which is the largest producer of Butterball turkeys in the United States, according to Fortune magazine. It is now being investigated by the Justice Department after allegations that the company has business relationships with senior figures blacklisted by the US government for financing the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah.
Investigators a looking into a Seaboard milling subsidiary in Africa which is working with a businessman named Kassim Tajideen. Tajideen was blacklisted by the U.S. State Department in 2009 and 2010 for allegedly funneling tens of millions of dollars to Hezbollah.
A meeting allegedly took place in 2012 between a Hezbollah financier and Seaboard in which the two parties discussed how to use middlemen to conceal Seaboard’s ties to Tajideen. Federal investigators are trying to determine whether that meeting took place and what occurred there. ClarionProject
Hezbullah, the Iran-backed terrorist organization, has more than 130,000 missiles in Lebanon, more than the combined arsenal of all NATO countries, with the exception of the United States.
“You don’t collect 130,000 missiles if you don’t intend to use them,” says Matthew Levitt, a counterterrorism expert at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Hezbollah is a well-funded, violently anti-Israel terrorist organization based in Lebanon and a puppet of the Iranian regime.
In Hezbollah’s arsenal are about 700 long-range, high-payload rockets and missiles with names like Fateh-110 and Scud D. They are capable of taking down entire buildings in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, wreaking havoc at Israel’s major military bases, killing thousands of Israeli civilians, shutting down the nation’s airports and ports, and taking out the electric grid. And that’s just in the first week.
Former Israel Defense Forces (IDF) major general Yaakov Amidror is talking about the M-600 missile. It’s a fairly accurate ballistic missile that weighs more than a Hummer H2 and carries a formidable warhead. The M-600 can also deliver chemical weapons. A single M-600 could wipe out a good chunk of Times Square and maim and kill people four football fields away from the point of impact. Hezbollah has a lot of M-600s.
Hezbullah embeds weaponry in civilian areas which poses a challenge to Israeli. The IDF’s role is to defend Israeli civilians.
Geoff Corn, an international military law expert at the South Texas College of Law in Houston explained, “After exhausting all feasible efforts to reduce civilian risk, IDF commanders must resolve the decisive question: Is the potential for civilian harm excessive in comparison to the advantages the attack would provide? When you talk of an M-600 in the hands of an enemy that targets vital military assets or the civilian population—even if that apartment building is full—launching the attack will be necessary to mitigate the threat,”….
Professor Corn is well aware of what will happen next. “The international community will look at the images and will note that the immediate cause of destruction was Israeli munitions. But—and here is the kicker—both legally and morally, the cause of these tragic consequences will lie solely at the feet of Hezbollah.”Weekly Standard
— Haidar Sumeri (@IraqiSecurity) January 27, 2016
Russian special forces backed by Hezbollah have been helping Syrian President Bashar Assad’s troops reclaim territory in the mountains and towns of coastal Latakia in Syria, Kuwaiti newspaper Al Raireported on Wednesday.
According to sources in a “joint operations room” in Damascus, coordinating between Russia, Syria, Iran and Hezbollah, Russian artillery — “through intensive use of batteries and howitzers” — backed by elite Hezbollah forces and the Russian air force, have been fighting some of the fiercest battles in Latakia.
The Russian artillery has allowed Assad’s troops and Hezbollah to advance through various towns, villages and areas “without confrontation,” according to the report.
On Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that the “Syrian Army has regained control of large territories in Latakia province with support from the Russian Air Force,” according to RT. The Syrian Army had regained 28 towns, mainly from ISIS militants, according to the Russian report. Algeimeiner
Since the deal was signed, Iran has significantly increased its financial support for two of the largest terror groups in the region that have become political players, Hamas and Hezbollah. In the years before the deal was signed, the crippling sanctions limited this support, which had significantly diminished along with Iran’s economy. But Tehran’s belief that tens, or hundreds, of billions of dollars will flow into the country in the coming years as a result of sanctions relief has led to a decision to boost the cash flow to these terror organizations.
This support, for example, has enabled Hezbollah to obtain highly developed new armaments, including advanced technologies that many militaries around the world would envy. Al-Rai, a Kuwaiti newspaper, reported Saturday that Hezbollah has received all the advanced weaponry that Syria has obtained from the Russians. The report cited a security source involved in the fighting in Zabadani, on the Syria-Lebanon border, where Hezbollah is fighting the al-Nusra Front, the Islamic State, and other groups. It is evidently the growing Iranian financial support that is enabling the Lebanese Shiite militia to purchase advanced weapons, including ones that were hitherto outside of its reach.
The increased Iranian financial support for Hezbollah in the wake of the deal is not unrelated to other political developments in the region. The growing sense of security in Iran with regard to its political status has also been bolstered by a Russian decision to increase its involvement in Syria, and may be what drove Iran to send hundreds of members of its Revolutionary Guard Corps to play an active role in the Syria fighting. Iran, along with Hezbollah and Moscow, has decided to dispatch sizable forces to the Syrian front in the past few weeks to prevent the collapse of Bashar Assad’s regime…
As regards the Palestinians, in the past two months, Iran has sent suitcases of cash – literally – to Hamas’s military wing in Gaza. Not everyone is happy about this, including some Hamas officials. Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, who was always the man who controlled the money, has found himself outside the circle of Iranian funding over the summer. Tehran, which was none too pleased by his visit to Saudi Arabia and meeting with King Salman, decided to take revenge on him in an original way. It bypassed Mashaal and has handed over the suitcases, by way of couriers, directly to the leaders of the group’s military wing in the Gaza Strip. TimesOfIsrael
January 18th, Israel allegedly launched a missile strike to prevent an organized attack on Israel, a dozen Hezbollah and Iranian Revolutionary Guards were killed.
Which showed that Iran is trying to open a front against Israel from Syrian territory. Iran is expanding its area of influence Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and recently Yemen.
In retaliation Hezbollah launched at least 5 Komet missiles at Israeli soldiers who where patrolling within Israel’s borders.
HEARTBREAKING: 2 IDF soldiers killed in todays anti-tank missile attack, Yochai Klengel (25) and Dor Nini (20) HY"D. pic.twitter.com/AhDQclJ8fy
— Israel News Feed (@IsraelHatzolah) January 28, 2015
2 Israeli soldiers were killed, 7 wounded, and a Spanish UNIFIL peacekeeper was injured and dead.
The IDF returned fire with a heavy artillery barrage, following which mortars were fired at Mt. Hermon and IDF posts on Mt. Dov. At around 1:20pm, the IDF renewed its bombardment, with the IAF hitting a Hezbollah target in Lebanon.
The message conveyed through UNIFIL commander Maj.-Gen. Luciano Portolano also said that as far as Hezbollah was concerned, the ambush on the IDF convoy was “an eye for an eye” – revenge for a January 18 strike in Syria attributed to Israel in which 12 Hezbollah and Iranian fighters were killing, including an Iranian general and the son of Imad Mughniyah, Jihad.
The message further stated that Hezbollah launched its attacks from beyond the Blue Line – the internationally recognized border – to ensure Israel doesn’t have international legitimization for a broad-scale retaliation. JPost