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Hezbollah in Canada—setting up to strike?

More on what the CBC describes as a “so-called” war on terror:

EXCLUSIVE: Hezbollah Poised to Strike?

Officials Say “Sleeper Cells” Activated in Canada

[ABC News]
June 19, 2008

Intelligence officials tell ABC News the group has activated suspected “sleeper cells” in Canada and key operatives have been tracked moving outside the group’s Lebanon base to Canada, Europe and Africa.


Officials say the CIA, the NSA, and British and Canadian intelligence agencies began to pick up a steady stream of information – from electronic intercepts, human sources and surveillance – about a possible Hezbollah attack on Feb. 17, just days after the Beirut funeral of Mugniyah where Hezbollah leaders publicly declared they would seek revenge.

“They want to kill as many people as they can, they want it to be a big splash,” said former CIA intelligence officer Bob Baer, who says he met with Hezbollah leaders in Beirut last month.

Alarms were first raised in Canada, where as many as 20 suspected Hezbollah members have been under surveillance after as many as four suspected “sleeper cells” were activated, including one known as “Rashedan,” intelligence officials tell ABC News. The members also received instruction to send their family members home to Lebanon, according to officials.

Officials have also reported that a known Hezbollah weapons expert was followed to Canada, where he was seen at a firing range south of Toronto, near the US border.

Intelligence officials said the recent Hezbollah activities were being coordinated with the help of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards.


Toronto has long been considered an important city for Hezbollah fund-raising and organizing, according to officials. …


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