(National Sentinel) Terror cells: The so-called ‘nuclear deal’ with Iran that was so critically important for our radical Islam sympathizer of a president, Barack Obama, to make could come back to harm us in ways not seen until now.
The Washington Free Beacon reports that, according to U.S. intelligence officials, operatives for Hezbollah, an Iranian proxy, have already been discovered plotting attacks inside the United States, and there are likely many more cells hidden among the population:
Iranian-backed militants are operating across the United States mostly unfettered, raising concerns in Congress and among regional experts that these “sleeper cell” agents are poised to launch a large-scale attack on the American homeland, according to testimony before lawmakers.
Iranian agents tied to the terror group Hezbollah have already been discovered in the United States plotting attacks, giving rise to fears that Tehran could order a strike inside America should tensions between the Trump administration and [the] Islamic Republic reach a boiling point.
Hezbollah is active throughout the Middle East but has a major presence in Lebanon. The group is well-armed and receives support primarily from Iran but also Syria, according to the Council on Foreign Relations.
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said that Iran poses “a direct threat to the homeland.” He also chair’s the Intelligence Committee’s subcommittee on counterterrorism and intelligence.
A principal concern is “Iranian support for Hezbollah, which is active in the Middle East, Latin America, and here in the U.S., where Hezbollah operatives have been arrested for activities conducted in our own country,” King said, noting that recently two individuals were arrested plotting terror attacks in New York City and Michigan.
“Both individuals received significant weapons training from Hezbollah,” King said. “It is clear Hezbollah has the will and capability.”
When asked if Iran was capable of hitting the U.S. using Hezbollah sleeper cells, the answer was clear: Yes.
They are as good or better at explosive devices than ISIS, they are better at assassinations and developing assassination cells,” Michael Pregent, a former intelligence officer who worked to counter Iranian influence in the region, said, according to the Free Beacon. “They’re better at targeting, better at looking at things,” and they can outsource attacks to Hezbollah.
“Hezbollah is smart,” Pregent said. “They’re very good at keeping their communications secure, keeping their operational security secure, and, again, from a high profile attack perspective, they’d be good at improvised explosive devices.”
Others who testified agreed.
“The answer is absolutely. We do face a threat,” said Emanuele Ottolenghi, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies who has long tracked Iran’s militant efforts, according to the Free Beacon. “Their networks are present in the United States.”
Scores of Hezbollah fighters are present in Syria, where they have become battle-hardened fighting the government forces of President Bashar al-Assad.