103613_[Insight] INSIGHT - KUWAIT - Iran creating a Kuwaiti Hezbollah? - ME1

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[Insight] INSIGHT - KUWAIT - Iran creating a Kuwaiti Hezbollah? - ME1
Date 2008-04-15 15:52:01
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SOURCE: Hezbollah college student activist thru ME1

ATTRIBUTION: Source in Lebanon

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My source says Iran has decided to develop Kuwaits's Hizbullah, in
collaboration with Lebanese Hizbullah. He told me that he knows of several
Kuwaiti Shiites who arrived into Lebanon during the past two weeks to
undergo military training. In fact, he was detailed to escort a couple of
them while they were in beirut and drive them to the town of Shtura in the
central Biqaa, where they were transferred to another Shiite operative who
drove them to an undisclosed area, possibly to Nabi Sheet village in the
northern Biqaa.

My source says Iran is taking advantage of the weak pan-Arab orientation
of Kuwaiti and Bahraini Shiites and is working hard to recruit them to
become its primary agents of consolidating its influence in the Gulf. He
told me that Bahrain, thanks to its decisive Shiite majority, is Iran's
first priority and Kuwait, who is 30% Shiite, is the second.

ME1 COMMENT: Now that Iran is once again under the tight grip of the
conservatives, its seems it is beginning to launch a major campaign for
altering the political reality on the Arab side of the Persian Gulf by
empowering the restless Shiite population there.

REVA COMMENT: Note we've been getting attacks from other sources on Iran
working to create an Iraqi Hezbollah arm as well. Looks like Iran feels
under the gun to spread this threat of creating a fifth column in the
Shiite heavy Gulf states

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