sleeper cell

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Noun1.sleeper cell - a cell of sleepers; "an al-Qaeda sleeper cell may have used Arizona as its base"
cadre, cell - a small unit serving as part of or as the nucleus of a larger political movement
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He explained that "this operation comes within the pre-emptive operations carried out by the Fifth Infantry Division to pursue the sleeper cells of the gangs, urging the terrorist to thwart all its despicable attempts.
According to sources, Duuterte's agenda to militarily wipe out Islamist extremism from the state of Mindanao-along with killing Isnilon Hapilon, leader of Abu Sayyaf and 'emir of the IS' in Southeast Asia in the city of Marawi-has provoked the group to mobilize sleeper cells based in Indonesia, which are now planning a strike,' the news website said in a report on Thursday.
They (the militants) have turned out to be sleeper cells hiding in the agricultural areas," Sheikh Hatem Al-Taie, the head of the Arabic Council in Kirkuk, told Arab News.
Tackling security concerns, he said "There is no doubt that there are terrorists and sleeper cells under pursuit, but we have no fear because we fully trust the Lebanese Army.
He further said that sleeper cells of the ISIL are still present in desert regions at Iraq-Syria borders, adding that based on intelligence al-Baghdadi is moving from a cell to another in the region.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Aug 02 (ANI): A day after the outgoing Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit stated that alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav had provided a lot of useful information leading to the busting of several sleeper cells, Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir on Wednesday downplayed the former's claim saying Islamabad's charges are baseless.
Analyst urged there are some sleeper cells, which execute sporadic activities.
ISIS sleeper cells launched a revenge attack on an Iraqi town as their main force in Mosul were being smashed by Kurdish and Iraqi troops.
ISLAMIC State sleeper cells launched a revenge attack on an Iraqi town as its main force in Mosul was being smashed by Kurdish and Iraqi troops.
com/isis-invades-kirkuk-islamic-state-sleeper-cell-attacks-iraqi-city-military-marches-2435194) ISIS sleeper cells attacked Kirkuk city located 109 miles southeast of Mosul.
The latter are called for vigilance, especially as sleeper cells have changed strategy.
We have to accept that we have hit squads and sleeper cells in Germany.