US State Dept.'s counter-terr coordinator: 'Hezbollah can hit Europe any time'
Hezbollah could attack Europe at any time and with little to no warning, US State Department's counter-terrorism coordinator Daniel Benjamin said Friday according to [the French Press Agencie], shortly after the US Treasury announced a fresh round of economic sanctions against the Lebanon-based terrorist group.
"Hezbollah maintains a presence in Europe and its recent activities demonstrate that it is not constrained by concerns about collateral damage or political fallout that could result from conducting operations there,"Benjamin said." We assess that Hezbollah could attack in Europe or elsewhere at any time with little or no warning."
Benjamin warned that Hezbollah could become increasingly violent as international sanctions threaten Syria and Iran, its patron-states. "Both remain determined to exact revenge against Israel and to respond forcefully to the Western-led pressure against Iran and Syria," he said.
Though dispelling fears that Hezbollah could be active in the United States, Benjamin said that the group has "stepped up terrorist campaign around the world... It's a very ambitious group with global reach."
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