A New Jersey man has been training Hezbollah for the past 22 years, looking for places to target terrorist attacks – and providing the group with information about the Port Authority, Grand Central Terminal, the New York Stock Exchange, and the city's two airports. According to a new federal indictment against him.
Morristown's 42-year-old Alexei Saab – also known as Ali Hassan Saab, Alex Saab or "Rachid" – was indicted on Thursday for alleged material assistance. The deadly organization.
Already in 2003, he gave Hezbollah photos and more detailed information about landmarks and traffic hubs in New York.
Saab oversaw tens of locations in New York City ̵
He has also monitored locations in US cities, including the Washington Monument and Boston's Fenway Park, the Post has learned.
The prosecution does not claim that Saab has recently conducted surveillance.
"During his stay in the United States, Saab served as a Hezbollah activist and oversaw surveillance of possible destinations to help the foreign terrorist organization prepare for possible future attacks on the United States," the deputy attorney general said National Security John C. Demers in a press release.
Soil is a clear threat to our national security, and I welcome the agents, analysts and prosecutors responsible for these investigations and charges.
Saab joined Hezbollah in 1996. His earliest activities in the group include spying on the movements of Israeli and South Lebanese soldiers in Lebanon and gathering intelligence services in Istanbul, the prosecution claims.
He learned how to deal with firearms, including AK-47, and received extensive training in military tactics in 2000, including the construction of bombs and other explosive devices, according to the indictment.
In 2005, Saab tried to assassinate a suspect According to official figures, the Israeli spy launched a firearm at close range and pressed twice on the trigger to disable the weapon both times other things, trigger mechanisms, explosives, detonators and the assembly of circuits, the prosecution claims.
In 2000, Saab lawfully traveled to the United States with a Lebanese passport, and he became a naturalized US citizen in 2008, the indictment claims.