Ali Kourani, 32, of New York, and Samer el Debek, 37, from Dearborn, Michigan, are two American nationals who have been charged with plotting a terrorist attack.
The FBI announced Thursday that the pair were scouting targets in US and Panama for the terror organization Hezbollah.
Ali and Samer were arrested last week, charged with weapons-related crimes in addition to numerous counts of providing material support for a terrorist organization.
They’re both naturalized US citizens, but each received military training from Hezbollah, the Shi’ite Muslim group based out of Lebanon.
Officials stated Kourani — immigrated from Lebanon to US in 2003 — conducted ‘pre-operational surveillance’ of potential military and intelligence targets in NY.
LaGuardia Airport and FBI’s NY headquarters among them.
He ‘forgot to mention’ in his American citizenship application that he attended Hezbollah training camps at the age of 16.
Since 1997 the State Department has considered Hezbollah a terror org.
According to the report, el Debek traveled to Panama to scout out the American and Israeli embassies; also looking for ‘security vulnerabilities’ in the Panama Canal.
On his computer were more than 250 searches of sites with terms like ‘Hezbollah martyrs’ and ‘martyrs of Islamic resistance’.
Acting US Attorney for the Southern District Joon Kim stated, Kourani and el Debek “received military-style training, including in the use of weapons like rocket-propelled grenade launchers and machine guns for use in the support of the group’s terrorist mission.”