"En guldgruva av information". Så beskriver Matthew Levitt, expert på Hizbollah, de vittnesmål som svensklibanesen Hossam Taleb Yaacoub lämnat i rättssaken om förberedelser till terrorbrott på Cypern. Levitt avhandlar det svensklibanesiska fallet grundligt i en lång artikel i krigsakademin West Points tidskrift CTC Sentinel med rubriken "Hizb Allah Resurrected: The Party of God’s Return to Tradecraft".
"This article traces Hizb Allah’s recent spike in operational activity since 2008, highlighting the group’s efforts to rejuvenate the capabilities of its IJO. Many of these details derive from the author’s extensive conversations with Israeli security officials in Tel Aviv, which were then vetted and confirmed in conversations with American and European security, intelligence and military officials.
The article also provides a detailed case study of Hossam Yaacoub—the convicted Hizb Allah operative now serving time in a Cypriot prison for his role in a plot targeting Israeli tourists—to show how Hizb Allah has resurrected its terrorist capabilities. Drawn from the police depositions of interviews with Yaacoub after his arrest, the case provides unique insights into how Hizb Allah recruits and trains new operatives.
The article finds that while Hizb Allah’s decision to stay out of the crosshairs of the war on terrorism after 9/11 caused its global terrorist capabilities to decline, the group has since rebuilt its IJO networks."