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Iran, Hezbollah are growing threats to hit US, specialist says

WASHINGTON — Iran’s elite Quds Force and Hezbollah militants are learning from a series of botched terror attacks over the past two years and pose a growing threat to the United States and other Western targets and Israel, a prominent counterterrorism specialist says.

Operating both independently and together, the militant groups are escalating their activities around the world, fueling worries in the United States that they increasingly have the ability and the willingness to attack the United States, according to a report by Matthew Levitt of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. His report points to two attacks last year — one successful and one foiled by US authorities — as indications that the militants are adapting and are determined to take revenge on the West for efforts to disrupt Tehran’s nuclear program and other perceived offenses.

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