Hizbullah Member Convicted in U.S. for Planning Attacks


A US federal court in New York on Thursday convicted a man of charges that he bought weapons and plotted attacks on behalf of the Lebanese Shiite group Hizbullah.

Ali Kourani, a 34-year-old American of Lebanese descent, was convicted of eight allegations including conspiracy to use weapons in a violent crime, which is punishable by life in prison.

"Kourani’s chilling mission was to help procure weapons and gather intelligence about potential targets in the US for future Hizbullah terrorist attacks," US attorney Geoffrey Berman said in a statement, using an alternate spelling for the group.

The targets Kourani surveyed include the JFK International Airport and a federal building in Manhattan.

"Today, Kourani has fittingly been convicted for his crimes in a courthouse that stands in the shadow of one of his potential targets," Berman said.

Born in Lebanon but naturalized by the US in 2009, Kourani attended several Hizbullah training camps in his country of birth and took orders from agents of the Iran-backed organization after his 2003 arrival in the US.

He is now set to be sentenced on September 27. 

Another man who was taken into custody in Michigan on the same day Kourani was arrested in 2017, Samer El Debek, is still awaiting trial. He is also accused of belonging to Hizbullah.

Washington considers Hizbullah, which was created by Iran in the early 1980s, a terrorist organization.

The group has been blamed for attacks in France, Lebanon and Bulgaria, and is one of the main allies of Syria's government against the country's rebels.

Comments 7
Thumb galaxy 17 May 2019, 09:19

Death by lethal injection should be his punishment.

Thumb s.o.s 17 May 2019, 13:25

I don’t know why But is like them to get a taste of their own medicine. understand the electric chair. How many people have these terrorists tortured and killed like that in Lebanon and Syria ? Loads.

Thumb Maxx 17 May 2019, 22:21

No. Don't kill him quite yet. Let him suffer. Let him pray for Death. And then, deny him of it.

Missing un520 17 May 2019, 10:00

Meanwhile, in Lebanon Hezbollah-members responsible for the killing of Hariri and a bunch of others, roam free in the streets of Beirut.

Thumb janoubi 17 May 2019, 14:35

He is going to have plenty of rectal pain in U.S prisons.

Thumb chrisrushlau 17 May 2019, 16:07

AFP forgot to mention the evidence. I must assume there wasn't any, and no specific allegations, either.

Thumb chrisrushlau 18 May 2019, 00:24

Hot down there in Miami?