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Do Iranian militia groups pose a threat to the Mainland U.S.?

Steverno~POTL~PWCM~JLA 2012/09/20 18:40:55
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Iran’s extremist militias and their proxies were behind a recent string of terrorist attacks against Israeli diplomatic targets around the globe and might seek to strike the United States, U.S. counterterrorism officials said Wednesday.

Quds Force, Hezbollah
and others have shown they both have the capability and the willingness to extend beyond that [Middle East] region of the world and likely here into the homeland itself,” Kevin L. Perkins
, associate deputy director of the FBI
, told a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
.

“We look at it as a serious threat,” he added, saying the bureau is “focusing intelligence analysts and other resources on that on a daily basis to monitor that threat.”


Matthew G. Olsen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center
, said “Iran
remains the foremost state-sponsor of terrorism in the world. We have seen an uptick in operational activity by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps
and the Quds Force
over the last year or so.”

The Quds Forceis the elite division of the Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps
, responsible for operations abroad, and Mr. Olsen
cited the federal prosecution last year of a foiled Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. by bombing a Washington restaurant.

A senior official of the Quds Force, Gholam Shakuri
, was indicted in October for his involvement in the plot, which actually was an elaborate sting by a Drug Enforcement Administration
informant. He remains at large in Iran
.

The Treasury Department later sanctioned both the Quds Force


and its commander, Brig. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, for their roles in the plot.

Iranhas denied the charges.

The Quds Forceand the Lebanese Shiite extremist militia Hezbollah
, which the Iranians have used as a proxy for terrorist attacks in the past, have been “reaching outside of their normal areas of operation in the Middle East and conducting attacks elsewhere,” said Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut independent and committee chairman.

Quds Forceoperatives had been involved in anti-Israeli attacks and plots as far afield as India and Georgia, Mr. Olsen
said.

Adding to concern about Hezbollah is an article in the Times of London on Wednesday based on an interview with a major general in the Syrian army who recently defected. Gen. Adnan Sillu told the paper that the Syrian regime had plans to provide chemical weapons to Hezbollah
for use in rocket attacks against Israel.

The regime now has “nothing to lose” in sharing the weapons, he added. “If a war starts between Hezbollah and Israel, it will be only good for Syria.”



Read more: Iranian militias 'pose threat to U.S.' - Washington Times
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Supporting Articles:

Iran Conducting Anti-U.S. Operations in Latin America

An attack
on the British embassy in Tehran. A desperate pursuit of nuclear weapons
. A plot to assassinate
the Saudi ambassador in Washington. Alone, any one of these actions by Iran’s regime would be cause for alarm, but taken together they make it undeniably clear that the Iranian threat cannot be ignored. Now, there is news of another effort by Iran to take aim at the United States, this time coming from Latin America.
Read more:
http://blog.heritage.org/2011/12/12/morning-bell-iran-conducting-anti-u-s-operations-in-latin-america/


Iran's Expanding Footprint in Latin America

With a near-nuclear Iran at the tip of the spear exploiting a mutual hatred of the U.S. and its representative democratic, free-market system in order to galvanize the mullah-caudillo alliance in the Western Hemisphere; and its premier Shi’ia terrorist organization, Hizb’allah, well expanded from its key operational base in the Tri-border Area (TBA) working the narco-terrorist nexus to facilitate ever innovative terrorist operations, is the U.S. really staring down a clear and present danger to its national security?
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  • Rustie 2012/09/20 18:43:24
    Yep...It sure is a threat because....
    Rustie
    +12
    The idiot in the White House will probably give them amnesty

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  • Beccy 2012/09/28 00:41:25
    Yep...It sure is a threat because....
    Beccy
    +1
    We have been worned that if they are attacked there will be war here. Damn i wish they would close up those boarders.
  • "OG" 2012/09/22 15:01:59
    Yep...It sure is a threat because....
    "OG"
    +1
    Past actions show and prove we are vunerable.
  • Cat 2012/09/22 05:50:35
    Yep...It sure is a threat because....
    Cat
    +2
    Our border is very porous.
  • MR. 2012/09/22 02:00:16
    Yep...It sure is a threat because....
    MR.
    TERRORIST CELL FAMILIES ARE GOING TO DISNEYLAND, OH', AND THEY EVEN GOT MICKEY'S AUTOGRAPH! *(ANYONE OUT THERE WHO "DOESN'T BELIEVE" THIS,...STILL?)
  • jimmie 2012/09/21 21:57:50
    Other Thoughts!
    jimmie
    They would be less of a threat thru small groups of terrorist attacks if we give them some space The U.S. does not half to control every one else, This is all because of oil. The real question is ,,,Would the U.S. start a Nuke war over oil,,,
  • Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F 2012/09/21 21:06:55
    Other Thoughts!
    Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F
    +2
    We've had a least one arrested in Texas for terrorism.
  • mich52 2012/09/21 19:28:46
  • Aqua Su... mich52 2012/09/21 21:07:34
    Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F
    +2
    You forgot Bill Ayers, naturally.
  • mich52 Aqua Su... 2012/09/22 14:13:00
  • Aqua Su... mich52 2012/09/22 22:57:19
    Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F
    Who?
  • mich52 Aqua Su... 2012/09/23 00:26:58
  • Barbara Hasler 2012/09/21 19:19:45
    Yep...It sure is a threat because....
    Barbara Hasler
    +2
    With our open borders, it would be a walk in the park to move Iranian terrorists into America and don't think they don't know it. They could "invade" from training camps in South America and, with our wide open border to the south, be able to set up a camp and get busy. We hear about all the unlikeliness of this ocurring. I take ombrage with this opinion. As long as we have an administration with its head in the sand, we are in danger.
  • Sgt Major B 2012/09/21 18:31:44
    Yep...It sure is a threat because....
    Sgt Major B
    +3
    ... the current Administration has all the backbone of a jellyfish.
  • democoach 2012/09/21 18:18:46
    Nope...America is safe from external terrorist threats because...
    democoach
    always somone else fault for american wars! when will you @ss idiot wake the hell uP? iran is NOT a threat to US! oly nazy obama wants you to believe that! what country will be next after iran? seriously people! are you all just war loving phsycopaths?
  • Space Invader 2012/09/21 17:19:46
    Yep...It sure is a threat because....
    Space Invader
    +5
    because they're here now...scattered throughout the conglomeration that BHO has created.......
  • teachaman~PWCM~JLA 2012/09/21 14:00:56
    Yep...It sure is a threat because....
    teachaman~PWCM~JLA
    +3
    there are definable threats to our military families, our government and military establishments, the "softer" targets - such as shopping centers, post offices, and restaurants - frequented by military personnel and their families ... these tend to get more intense as islamist (and rarely, other) savages around the world get worked up - the way they are now
  • Risk 2012/09/21 13:12:39
    Yep...It sure is a threat because....
    Risk
    +7
    But America's favorite @$$ kisser will reason with them. obama bows
  • Butch 2012/09/21 08:28:14
  • ed Butch 2012/09/21 08:49:17
    ed
    +3
    They wouldn't have a problem getting in this country if they wanted to ,the democrats cried so much that the guy they let go from GITMO was in on the Embassy attacks and now the blind sheik will be the next one set free by the democrats and that I'm afraid is when America will see another big attack from the peaceful muslims
  • eliosc 2012/09/21 07:25:07
    Yep...It sure is a threat because....
    eliosc
    +3
    With all of those morons in the current administration, you betcha.
  • Alicia 2012/09/21 06:47:42
    Yep...It sure is a threat because....
    Alicia
    +3
    It only takes one nutcase to do a lot of damage. The crazies in Iran would like nothing better than to wipe out Americans on their own soil. It's obviously not possible to filter out the radicals from gaining access to this country so I think this is a very real threat.
  • redhorse29 2012/09/21 06:39:56
    Other Thoughts!
    redhorse29
    +4
    Direct threat from the crowds and followers - no. Within the core organized military trained groups affiliated with IRAN - they could pose a threat. Will they - not likely. This has more to do with Obama's closet islamic leanings and indifference to US life and property at home or abroad.
  • Soundstorm 2012/09/21 05:49:00
    Other Thoughts!
    Soundstorm
    +3
    Saddam Hussein's Revolutionary Guard had a fearsome reputation until our military swept through Baghdad. Tyrannies are always full of bluster.
  • PaulBot415 2012/09/21 04:06:27
    Yep...It sure is a threat because....
    PaulBot415
    +4
    because with the right backing, they could cause civil unrest in the US. the anti-American sentiment is growing increasingly across the world and it could spread to the arab communities on our home soil.
  • Soundstorm PaulBot415 2012/09/21 23:48:37
    Soundstorm
    +2
    OWS already tried that unsuccessfully and I don't believe any sizable portion of the Arab American community wants anything to do with civil unrest in the US.
  • seadog6608PWCM 2012/09/21 04:00:29
  • ReconMarine~PWCM*AVA*BTTB*JLA* 2012/09/21 03:45:19
  • ««Gingey, the Master Debate... 2012/09/21 02:22:59
    Nope...America is safe from external terrorist threats because...
    ««Gingey, the Master Debater of Þ|-|Дэ†»»
    +4
    Fear mongering
  • ReconMa... ««Ginge... 2012/09/21 03:48:00
  • PaulBot415 ReconMa... 2012/09/21 04:09:29
    PaulBot415
    +4
    its possible that this is exactly what the Obama administration needs to manufacture the amount of fear and chaos needed to take over the country. All the laws are in place, now they just need an excuse.
  • democoach PaulBot415 2012/09/21 18:21:11 (edited)
    democoach
    +1
    and yet people are still so freakign ignorant! that they think it can't ever happen! and thats exactly why its happening!
  • Stevern... ReconMa... 2012/09/21 05:39:46 (edited)
    Steverno~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    FYI....From what I remember,In a previous comment.The person you are replying to admitted to being of Iranian heritage!
  • ««Ginge... Stevern... 2012/09/21 06:04:22
    ««Gingey, the Master Debater of Þ|-|Дэ†»»
    +2
    What's the problem? Are you a racist?
  • Stevern... ««Ginge... 2012/09/21 15:04:13
    Steverno~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    Nope..But your background & heritage may 'color' your opinion about this subject!
  • ««Ginge... Stevern... 2012/09/21 15:40:16
    ««Gingey, the Master Debater of Þ|-|Дэ†»»
    +2
    So you're stereotyping. Thanks for admitting your racism!
  • Stevern... ««Ginge... 2012/09/21 17:45:53
    Steverno~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    Typical lib response!

    race card
  • ««Ginge... Stevern... 2012/09/21 17:48:05
    ««Gingey, the Master Debater of Þ|-|Дэ†»»
    +3
    You are racially profiling me. That is racism, dummy.
  • mich52 ««Ginge... 2012/09/21 19:32:47
  • ««Ginge... mich52 2012/09/21 20:30:34
    ««Gingey, the Master Debater of Þ|-|Дэ†»»
    +1
    It's just silly to lump Persians together with other middle eastern people. Persians are very, very different
  • Defend ... ««Ginge... 2012/09/22 12:02:40
    Defend Western Civlization
    more nonsense from you a obama voter

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