Posted on September 19, 2019

Hezbollah Scout Was Looking for Attack Targets in NYC: Feds

Jonathan Dienst, NBC New York, September 19, 2019

A scout for the militant group Hezbollah was looking at locations for attacks in New York, Boston and Washington and sending target information back to leadership in Lebanon, federal prosecutors said.

{snip} The government alleges that Saab has been a Hezbollah member since 1996 and has extensive firearms and bomb-making training.

Among [Alexei] Saab’s dozens of alleged New York City targets, prosecutors said, were the George Washington Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Herald Square and the local airports and tunnels.

He also surveiled targets in Boston and Washington, including Fenway Park and the Washington Monument.

Saab, 42 and a naturalized U.S. citizen since 2008, faces charges of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization, as well as a variety of conspiracy and other charges.