'Hundreds' of Hezbollah Agents in US: Peter King
And they've been trained as terrorists by Iran, Homeland Security chair says
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 21, 2012 12:27 PM CDT
Peter King, right, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, speaks at a news conference in front of police headquarters while Zuhdi Jasser listens in New York, Monday, March 5, 2012..   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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(Newser) – The US is crawling with Hezbollah agents, many of whom have been trained as terrorists, Rep. Peter King said in a CNN appearance today. "The American intelligence community … believes we are very much at risk for an attack by Iranian operatives, which would be Hezbollah," King said, according to Politico. "It really is the ‘A’ team of international terrorism—far more sophisticated than al-Qaeda."

King said he wasn't sure how many agents there were, but "we estimate it to be at least in the hundreds, maybe the thousands." He cited the alleged Iranian plot to kill the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the US as evidence of the danger, and wondered aloud if Iran might "take preemptive action" if tensions rose over its nuclear program. King chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, and is holding a hearing today that he says is intended to "educate" Americans on the threat of an Iranian attack.