New Jersey Man Charged With Scouting Targets for Hezbollah in Major US East Coast Cities
A New Jersey man affiliated with Hezbollah scouted potential terror targets in Boston, New York City and Washington, DC, according to a 33-page federal complaint published on Thursday.
According to prosecutors, 42-year-old Alexei Saab took photos of dozens of sites in the early 2000s and sent them to Hezbollah, the Lebanon-based Shi’a proxy of the Iranian regime.
“In particular, (Saab) focused on the structural weaknesses of locations he surveilled in order to determine how a future attack could cause the most destruction,” the Manhattan US Attorney’s Office stated.
Saab – who was born in Lebanon and became a naturalized US citizen in 2008 — has been in custody since July.
He is accused of a series of charges, including provision of material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, as well marriage and immigration fraud, among other things.