A video recorded a Hezbollah terrorist inside a tunnel dug between Israel and Lebanon. The terrorist has been identified by Israeli security as Dr. Imad “Azaladin” Fahs, an Iranian-trained commander of a Hezbollah tunnel unit. According to Israeli military sources, Fahs was trained in tunnel operations by Mexican drug cartels, thus further internationalizing the security threat along the southwest border of the United States.

Using ground-penetrating radar, covert cameras, and other technology, Israel is uncovering tunnels leading from Lebanon into Israeli territory. Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking to build international consensus to pressure Lebanon and UN forces there for help to destroy the tunnels, which allow terrorists into Israel to conduct deadly operations. On Thursday, Netanyahu led a group of ambassadors accredited to Israel on a tour of the country’s northern border. He urged the diplomats to “condemn the aggression unequivocally and intensify the sanctions” against the Hezbollah organization, which is backed by Iran, after Israel revealed a network of tunnels on the Lebanese border.

Accompanied by emissaries from Austria, Brazil, Canada, Ethiopia, EU, France, Great Britain, Italy, Ivory Coast, and Poland, Netanyahu said that the tunnels “are wider and larger, and their goal is to transfer battalions, large forces, into Israeli territory, in order to come in and carry out a killing spree and kidnappings and to capture villages,” according to a report by Haaretz. 

Netanyahu tweeted, “We will act as much as whoever attacks us, with a target on his head. I told the ambassadors that they should condemn the aggressions of Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas unequivocally.”

In a video posted by the Israel Defense Forces, Hezbollah terrorists were seen running away when they were met with a camera placed in a tunnel by the IDF. One of the two men has been identified by IDF sources as Dr. Imad “Azaladin” Fahs, a commander of Hezbollah units on the border between Israel and Lebanon.  IDF claims that Fahs received training in tunnel operations from Mexican drug cartels.

Mexican drug cartels have long been known to utilize tunnels to gain access to U.S. territory as part of their smuggling operations. For example, in August Department of Homeland Security Investigators found a drug-smuggling tunnel that led from a house in Mexico to a shuttered Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in San Luis, Arizona. Methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl were among the narcotics being ferried into the country through the 200 yards tunneled beneath the ground. The tunnel was large enough for people to freely walk through>

In 2017, Hezbollah continued as a big source of cocaine coming into the United States. Hezbollah has infiltrated South American criminal organizations and continued to operate billions of dollars in narcotics profits. According to Politico Magazine, it was the Obama administration that nixed plans to bring down the Hezbollah drug network in order to ensure the success of its negotiations with the Iranian regime over its nuclear weaponization program.

Launched in 2008, Project Cassandra sought to bring down the Hezbollah network, which included doing $1 billion a year from drug and weapons trafficking, money laundering, and other crimes.  For eight years, DEA agents tracked down Hezbollah’s networks with the help of other U.S. government agencies. and other criminal activities. However, due to a policy decision at the White House, the Department of Justice refused to file criminal charges against a bank suspected of laundering illicit drug money, or against key Iranian figures linked to terrorism. According to Politico Magazine:  

“During the negotiations, early on, they [the Iranians] said listen, we need you to lay off Hezbollah, to tamp down the pressure on them, and the Obama administration acquiesced to that request,” a former CIA officer told POLITICO. “It was a strategic decision to show good faith toward the Iranians in terms of reaching an agreement.”

 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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