web analytics
January 28, 2015 / 8 Shevat, 5775
 
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


Concerns Mount Over Possible Iran-Backed Terror Attacks On American Soil


Mahmoud-Ahmadinejad

Azerbaijan’s national security ministry accused Iranian intelligence agents of arming and equipping the three men, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported. Haaretz suggested the plot was intended as retaliation for the assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists. Israel’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau has issued a travel warning for Azerbaijan.

In addition to the Baku attacks, Israeli officials alerted authorities in Thailand to a potential attack and on Jan. 13, a Lebanese man alleged to have plotted a bombing attack against Israelis and Jews was arrested.

Levitt, who is now a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said there was a period in which Iran was reluctant to strike out against targets overseas.

Iran was implicated in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people and wounded hundreds. An Argentine prosecutor eventually accused five Iranians and the operational chief of Lebanese Shiite militia Hizbullah, Imad Mughniyah, of involvement in the attack. Interpol issued warrants for their arrests in 2007.

Iran, which has always denied involvement in the AMIA attack, was stung by the diplomatic backlash in its wake, and it is widely believed to have ordered its proxies to confine operations to the Middle East.

The trigger that renewed the threat of attacks overseas was the assassination of Mughniyah by a car bomb in Syria in 2008. Hizbullah blames Israel’s Mossad for the assassination, Levitt said.

“We will pick the time, the place, the punishment, the means and the method,” Hizbullah chief Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said at the time.

Jewish communities in the United States and overseas have issued security alerts each year since then on the Feb. 12 anniversary of the killing.

Levitt said the intensification of Iran’s isolation as the result of sanctions targeting its suspected nuclear weapons program and the heightened U.S. military posture have likely contributed to the intelligence community’s sense that more attempts on overseas targets may be imminent.

“We’re at a point where Iran, when pushed into a corner and we’re finally doing things that have an impact on the nuclear program, the likelihood it lashes out increases,” he said.

Another factor that has spurred Iranian threats of retribution is the spate of assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists.

“From now on, in any place, if any nation or any group confronts the Zionist regime, we will endorse and we will help,” Khamenei said Feb. 3 in a Friday sermon translated by the Associated Press. “We have no fear expressing this.”

Dubowitz said such statements merited heightened alert.

“The overall question of what other aggressive actions the Iranians are willing to take in response to our pressure means Jewish institutions in the United States need to take reasonable precautions.”

(JTA)

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

One Response to “Concerns Mount Over Possible Iran-Backed Terror Attacks On American Soil”

  1. Craneger says:

    Some open sources cite infiltration into Canada of Al-Qeida terror cells with orders to identify terror targets and prepare for action, if called. If true, this is a significant action, and there is no reason to believe the US somehow is free of the same. Infiltration of Al-Qeida into the US through Central and South America has been confirmed and going on for years, now.
    Two important questions are, what is a triggering event for a significant sponsored act against the US, and will it be overt in nature: will they take credit for it, or make it look like something else? If covert, they can deny involvement thereby avoiding blowback. One example is release of biological or chemical agents in crowded places, like court houses or subway tubes. And the list goes on. And on.

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Israeli F-16 fighter jet in action.
Israeli Night Strike on Damascus is ‘Warning to Beirut’
Latest News Stories
Corinthia Hotel, Tripoli, Libya

One American, a former Marine, dead in ISIS-affiliate’s terrorist attack on Libyan luxury hotel.

Israeli F-16 fighter jet in action.

Israel says air strikes Tuesday night on Syrian bases in Quneitra, Damascus and surrounds were a warning to Beirut.

The parent org's website homepage of new political campaign office in Israel.

Chicago-style campaigning lands in Israel. Who and what is running this “non-partisan” campaign? Paging Lois Lerner!

The IAF reportedly hit a Syrian military target in Damascus around midnight.

1:05 AM Syrian Media reports sites Israeli forces targeted belonged to Assad regime forces, including “Brigade 90.” Multiple sites targeted, including base near Khan Arnabah, and west Damascus. 12:54 AM No rockets were found on the Golan. It is believed that the rocket siren went off on the Golan in response to the IAF attack […]

PM Netanyahu says it “could be the right thing to do,” to appoint a female chief of police in Israel. Maybe “it’s time.”

Eli Yishai’s Yachad passing the electoral threshold is enough to change the game back.

Two hostages, one each from Japan and Jordan, may die in the next 24 hours, ISIS warns.

The united Arab list is enough to shift the balance of power.

It was supposed to be the “historic snowstorm of the past half-century.” But in NYC it just didn’t happen that way.

Reports that Bowe Bergdahl to be charged with desertion. Five Gitmo prisoners released for his freedom.

The former editor-in-chief of Haaretz passed away at age 67 in Jerusalem.

The two rockets fired from Syria that exploded in Israel’s Golan Heights at 1 PM today signifies a new peak in tensions being felt in Israel’s northern borders.

BBC: “Our one big question this morning: Is the time coming to lay the Holocaust to rest?”

Visitors are invited to return to Mount Hermon Ski Resort after a double rocket attack sent officials to evacuate hundreds of people earlier in the day.

As usual, there is a big gap between what Arab countries promise and what they deliver.

An IDF soldier at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial museum in Jerusalem. Tuesday, January 27th is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On January 27, 1945 the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was liberated by Soviet forces.

More Articles from Ron Kampeas
Hillary Clinton

Clinton derided perceptions that U.S.-Israel tensions had become tense under Obama.

“We have made impressive progress on issues that originally seemed intractable. We have cleared up misunderstandings and held exhaustive discussions on every element of a possible text.”

It’s not yet clear if Nemmouche was acting on orders and, if so, whether the orders came from ISIS.

“The Jewish community is going to have to work harder,” said one veteran official who has worked both as a professional in the Jewish community and a staffer for a Jewish lawmaker.

The disagreements don’t seem to have gone away, despite a cease-fire that appears to be firmly in place.

“On the Hill and with some people with whom I have spoken who are robust Israel supporters, people are concerned if not angry,” one of the staffers, a Democrat, told JTA

President Obama in an April 25 press conference seemed ready to take a break. “There may come a point at which there just needs to be a pause and both sides need to look at the alternatives,” he said.

Obama himself suggested that a break from the process may be necessary.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/concerns-mount-over-possible-iran-backed-terror-attacks-on-american-soil/2012/02/08/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: