Not far from the agent and the four illegal aliens, Mahmoud Youssef Kourani, 30, of Yater, Lebanon, had also just infiltrated America. No Border Patrol agent intercepted him in his hiding spot: the trunk of a car crossing the border (he paid someone to smuggle him across). Kourani had arrived in Mexico after bribing a Mexican consular official in Beirut with $3,000. Soon after the successful infiltration into the land of the Great Satan, Kourani’s brother, head of security in southern Lebanon for Hezbollah, was notified that all was well and the operation devised in Lebanon and Iran was progressing.
In fact, Kourani had received extensive training in terror trade craft–counterintelligence, weapons acquisition and employment, target reconnaissance, covers (he would become a carpenter in Dearborn, Michigan, which has a huge Muslim immigrant population), logistics, fund raising–in Lebanon and Iran, with the latter’s government funding, training, equipping and deploying Hezbollah.
Kourani had just become a key member of a Hezbollah cell, joining at least nine other Hezbollah cells in the United States.
OD720 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2003, 1928 posts, RR: 30
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2325 times:
I'm a little surprised that some are surprised by the story. They are enemies for the moment and I would assume that both the US and Iran/Hezbollah would try to infiltrate to the other side for whatever purpose.
If he was really engaged in terrorist activities, which the story fails to deliver in any way, he would have been sentenced to more than 4.5 years.
I don't think that this deserves to be given any more dimension than what it is. The article itself is very one sided and showing little respect to whatever Lebanon represents and a little offensive at times as well.
In another story, the US has allocated aid to the training of Lebanese Armed Forces units and officers. See the press release of the US Embassy in Beirut.