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Alexei Saab

Born: 1977;

Place of Birth: United States;

Gender: Male;

Nationality: American;

General Info:
Alexei Saab is a software engineer from New Jersey who lived a grim double life as a “sleeper agent” in an elite Hezbollah unit.

Saab joined Hezbollah terrorist group in 1996, according to federal prosecutors. He lawfully entered the United States in 2000 using a Lebanese passport.

Saab, who was trained by Hezbollah before emigrating to the U.S. on a Lebanese passport in 2000, had been charged with surveying landmarks and buildings-including the federal courthouse where his trial is being held-in major U.S. cities for “soft spots”.

He scoped potential targets for attacks in New York, Washington, France, Turkey and the Czech Republic.

Also, he researched targets included the United Nations headquarters, Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Terminal, all three New York-area airports, the Brooklyn, the Triborough and George Washington bridges and the Lincoln and Holland tunnels connecting New Jersey to Manhattan, federal prosecutors said.

In court documents, investigators said Saab told agents that he took photos of different locations, including the Capitol Building, the White House and the Prudential Center in Boston. Investigators found a video of Fenway Park in Saab’s electronic devices.

While living in the United States, Saab continued to receive military training from Hezbollah in Lebanon, according to federal prosecutors.

In particular, he focused on the structural weaknesses of locations he surveilled to determine how a future attack could cause the most destruction, authorities said.

Authorities detained Saab in July 2019 after charging him with a nine-count indictment related to alleged support for Hezbollah’s Islamic Jihad Organization.

Saab faces multiple charges related to his alleged intelligence-gathering, the most serious of which carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.

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