Friday, August 14, 2009

Ronen Bergman: Hezbollah sleeper cells in South, Central America ready for action

He's a lefty journalist from Israel, but one I do respect. He does get things wrong sometimes. Still, I enjoyed two of his books immensely.

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Ronen Bergman
Hezbollah’s cells in Venezuela are part of the organization’s apparatus dedicated to attacks overseas. It is also known as the “Special Operations Command.”

For years, this apparatus operated overseas under Imad Mugniyah’s command and was responsible, among other things, for the bombing of Israel’s embassy in Buenos Aires in March 1992 in the wake of group leader Abbas Musawi’s assassination. It was also responsible for the bombing of the Jewish community center in the city in July 1994.

Today, the apparatus is headed by the man who served as Mugniyah’s deputy, Talal Hamiyeh.

Based on in-depth research performed by Israeli and American intelligence arms, the cell that carried out the attacks in Argentina was one of dozens of sleeper cells deployed by Hizbullah and the al-Quds force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards worldwide, including in the United States and Europe. Some of these cells, which constitute Hezbollah’s apparatus for carrying out attacks overseas, have been disguised as community centers or charity organizations.

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