For years Clarion Project and others warned that the Iranian-backed terror organization Hezbollah poses a direct threat to the United States. Now experts gathered in Florida told a Congressional field hearing that Hezbollah has infiltrated large areas in South America, is working with drug cartels and poses a major threat to Florida and the U.S. in general.
“This hearing is about highlighting the importance of a stable Western Hemisphere and countering threats in our neighborhood,” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Florida) told the hearing in Pensacola.
Those addressing the gathering included narcotics and terror experts and representatives from Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties.
“There is an exchange of tactics and procedures with narco terrorists,” said former U.S. special forces officer Joseph Callahan. He said Hezbollah works closely with the Los Zetas and Sinaloa cartels.
Last year Clarion reported that two terrorists belonging to Hezbollah were arrested for planning attacks in the U.S., with one scouting potential targets in New York including JFK International Airport.
Take a look at our Hezbollah infographic which gives some background to the organization and its activities: