US-Lebanese Man Charged with Scouting Targets for Hizbullah


A US citizen was charged Thursday with transmitting information to Hizbullah for possible terrorist attacks in the United States, the Justice Department said.

According to prosecutors, 42-year-old New Jersey resident Alexei Saab, who became a naturalized US citizen in 2008, began training in 1999 with Hizbullah, which the US designated as a terrorist organization in 1997.

Saab became a member of the Hizbullah branch concerned with foreign operations -- such as a 2012 attack on Israeli tourists at an airport in Bulgaria -- and since his 2000 arrival to the US, Saab passed information to the group about possible targets in major American cities, such as New York's Empire State Building, Times Square, bridges, tunnels and airports.

Outside the US, he attempted in 2005 to kill a man suspected of being an Israeli spy, the Justice Department said.

"Alexei Saab allegedly used his training to scout possible targets throughout the US," said New York US Attorney Geoffrey Berman in a statement.

"Even though Saab was a naturalized American citizen, his true allegiance was to Hizbullah, the terrorist organization responsible for decades of terrorist attacks that have killed hundreds," Berman said.

Saab faces nine indictments, including a charge related to supporting a terrorist organization, for which he could face 20 years in prison if convicted.

Prosecutors also accused Saab of entering into a "marriage fraud conspiracy" for the purpose of applying for citizenship for an unidentified spouse in 2012.

Saab could face 25 years in prison if convicted of offenses related to the fraudulent marriage charges.

In May, another American of Lebanese origin, Ali Kourani, was found guilty of supporting Hizbullah attacks and collecting information about the security operations of US airports, including John F. Kennedy in New York.

His sentencing is set for later this month.

Comments 5
Thumb justice 20 September 2019, 10:55

Kindly, execute him without further delay.

Thumb galaxy 20 September 2019, 12:42

another shia terrorist

Thumb s.o.s 20 September 2019, 15:08

Get him to an electric chair and bake this houthian’s lice pronto!

Thumb whyaskwhy 20 September 2019, 18:47

Ali is just a start many others will be flushed out now we hope for the real terrorist they truly are.

Thumb s.o.s 20 September 2019, 21:15

Alexei Saab is an IT professional and college lecturer from New Jersey who is accused by the U.S. government of scouting prominent targets for Hezbollah in New York, Boston and Washington D.C., including the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Fenway Park and the White House.

The unsealed complaint says that Saab, who is in federal custody, is also known as Ali Hassan Saab, Alex Saab, and Rachid. It says the case is before a magistrate judge in the Southern District of New York.

It alleges that, from 1996 through March 2019, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, Saab helped provide “material support or resources” to a “designated foreign terrorist organization.” That organization is listed in the complaint as “Hizballah,” sometimes called Hezbollah, which “was designated by the Secretary of State as a foreign terrorist organization.” Hizballah “engages and has engaged in terrorism,” the government says.