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Clear and present danger? Hezbollah threat to US uncertain

Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security delivers an opening statement March 21 at a full committee hearing entitled: "Iran, Hezbollah, and the Threat to the Homeland."

03-21-2012

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Whether Hezbollah poses a threat to the United States remains unclear despite Rep. Peter King's warning that the Iranian-backed terror group may have thousands of supporters in America, Reuters reports.

“We know Hezbollah operatives are here,” King, R-N.Y., said March 21 as he opened a House Committee on Homeland Security hearing on “Iran, Hezbollah, and the Threat to the Homeland.” King, the committee chairman, warned that officials estimated thousands of Hezbollah agents could be in the country.


He also went on CNN to say Hezbollah “is the ‘A’ team of international terrorism — far more sophisticated than al-Qaida."

But Reuters said that U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials and private experts, while concluding there is a threat, say “whether it is imminent or extensive is far from clear.”

Concern over Hezbollah's operations comes amid a growing confrontation over Iran's nuclear program, Reuters said.

An attack on Iran’s nuclear sites could prompt Hezbollah to launch retaliatory attacks on Israel as well as the United States, where most of its activities have been fund-raising and surveillance, officials told Reuters. But there is a big difference between being a Hezbollah supporter and someone who would be willing to engage in violent activity, officials told Reuters.

Read the full Reuters report here.

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