A 2019 Foreign Policy article addressing the presence of Hezbollah agents operating in the United States wrote, “Following Kourani and Debek’s arrests, the director of the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center said in October 2017, ‘It’s our assessment that Hezbollah is determined to give itself a potential homeland option as a critical component of its terrorism playbook.’”

Ali Kourani and Samer el Debek were arrested in 2017 in New York and Michigan, and charged with providing material support to Hezbollah’s Islamic Jihad Organization. The criminal complaint against Kourani described his IJO role as that of a “sleeper.” He and other undercover operatives were tasked to “maintain ostensibly normal lives but could be activated and tasked with conducting IJO operations,” the complaint said.



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