Such concerns resonate particularly in the context of Majlis speaker Gholam Ali Haddad-Adel‘s statement, quoted by the Islamic Republic News Agency, that “Israel is the symbol of US hostility towards the world of Islam.” From Reuters:
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The FBI is trying to ferret out possible Hizbollah agents in the United States amid concerns that rising U.S.-Iranian tensions could trigger attacks on American soil, FBI officials said.
American law enforcement officials are concerned the Lebanon-based Hizbollah, which has so far focused on fund-raising and other support activities inside the United States, could turn to violence in solidarity with Iran.
“If the situation escalates, will Hizbollah take the gloves off, so to speak, and attack here in the United States, which they’ve been reluctant to do until now?” said William Kowalski, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI in Detroit.
Detroit is home to one of the largest Muslim communities in the United States.
“Because of the heightened difficulties surrounding U.S.-Iranian relations, the FBI has increased its focus on Hizbollah,” said FBI spokesman Paul Bresson in Washington.
“Those investigations relate particularly to the potential presence of Hizbollah members on U.S. soil.”
There is no specific or credible intelligence pointing to an imminent U.S. attack by Hizbollah, which the United States considers a terrorist group, Bresson added.
But Iran’s Hizbollah — which claims links to the Lebanese group — said on Tuesday it stood ready to attack U.S. and Israeli interests worldwide.
FBI Director Robert Mueller told reporters in Toronto that agents were keeping a close eye on Hizbollah, especially “when the international situation heats up.”