Sleeper Cell


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Sleeper Cell

A group that lives in society and conducts no activities until it receives an order or otherwise decides to take action. A sleeper cell is associated with clandestine operations, such as espionage and terrorism.
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We are not surprised that there is such a sleeper cell..
However, since declaring victory in Southern Syria, the Damascus forces have been uncovering many sleeper cells and warehouses used by the terrorists.
"They had suddenly come, they took over, then they fled to the hills, and they left behind sleeper cells." A rash of deadly violence in the major southern province of Abyan ensued, indicating that Ansar militants were still lurking in the vicinity of the towns they had once controlled.
Stripped of its politics, "Sleeper Cell" is primarily an intricate caper film, a crime yarn stretched out over 10 hours.
"The owner of a hunting shop later reported that 150 pump-action rifles were sold in Sir-Dinnieh [around the time Mikati's sleeper cell was operating in Asoun]," one resident revealed.
We're forever reminded that terror suspects in this country have been UK nationals, and I'm sure the same reason's given for the Americanisation of Sleeper Cell's bogeymen.
FSB's press release said that the members of the sleeper cell were planning to carry out attacks in Russia, and afterwards join ISIL in Syria.
So what is a sleeper cell? Sleeper cells are underground groups of terrorists who wait to stage attacks in locations around the world.
Police say efforts are on to identify sleeper cell members in four towns of the state
Those individuals then make up a "sleeper cell," which could attack at an unexpected time.
A high-level Iraqi security official estimated there were 1,500 sleeper cell members hibernating in western Baghdad and a further 1,000 in areas on the outskirts of the capital.
Authorities claim a member of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, an Iranian known as Abu Nasser, was the mastermind of the sleeper cell and funnelled in $80,000 to support its activities.