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Hezbollah Attack on U.S. Cited as Possibility by Napolitano

February 16, 2012

(Adds Iranian nuclear development in final paragraph.)

Feb. 15 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said she is concerned that Iran-backed Hezbollah will attempt a terrorist attack on American soil.

The Homeland Security Department last week held a conference call with Jewish groups about the possibility they may be targets, Napolitano said today in testimony before the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee. The U.S. isn’t aware of a specific threat of Hezbollah planning an attack, she said.

Hezbollah, a Shiite Muslim group based in Lebanon, is considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. government. Israel and the U.S. have escalated their criticism of Iran in recent weeks for allegedly trying to develop nuclear weapons.

“We’re constantly monitoring” the Hezbollah threat, Napolitano said.

Iran loaded locally built fuel plates into its nuclear research reactor in Tehran, state-run Press TV reported today, showing images of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inside the facility.

--Editors: Steven Komarow, Justin Blum

To contact the reporter on this story: Jeff Bliss in Washington at jbliss@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Steven Komarow at skomarow1@bloomberg.net


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