Amb. Marc Ginsberg Former U.S. Ambassador to Morocco; Iran's Terror Beachhead South of the Border in Mexico and Hugo Chavez's Venezuela. When Attorney General Holder announced today that federal authorities had thwarted a "made for Hollywood" murder-for-hire plot by alleged Iranian-linked operatives tied to Mexico drug cartels to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the U.S, it came as no surprise to counter-terrorism experts familiar with Iran's terrorist activities in Latin America. Iran's terror plotting south of the border has been a well-known fact -- orchestrated by the Al Quds paramilitary wing of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) -- a terrorist organization very well versed in the the art of the tango and tortillas for some time.
For over two decades, Al Quds operatives and their proxies from terrorist organizations throughout the Middle East have been deployed throughout Iran's embassies in Latin America -- most recently in Venezuela and Mexico. Starting in the late 1980s and early 1990s, using Hezbollah as initial cover, Al Quds masterminds began populating the "failed state" region in Latin American known as the Tri-Border Area (TBA) of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay as a base from which to train Islamic extremists. The 1992 and 1994 attacks against Jewish and Israeli interests in Buenos Aires originated in the TBA.
A veritable Star Wars bar scene of terrorists have reportedly been trained by Al Quds in the TBA and have taken shelter at one time or another there, including Iran proxy terrorists belonging to Hezbollah, Hamas, and al-Gama al Islamiya -- all under the watchful patronage of Iran's Al Quds operatives. The TBA is ideal for laundering terrorist identities because once an operative enters Paraguay he/she can just drive into Brazil and return without the need for showing a passport. This has not gone unnoticed, of course, by CIA and Israeli Mossad agents, who have been engaged in a secret war in the TBA for some time to neutralize the growing nexus between Iran, Hezbollah and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez.
In 2010, Mexico foiled a plot by Hezbollah to establish a new network throughout Latin America, according to Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Seyassah. Mexican police mounted a surveillance operation against the alleged leader living in Tijuana, Mexico (just south of San Diego) -- one Jameel Nasr, who was shuttling frequently between Mexico City and Beirut. Mexican police also told the newspaper that Nasr had also spent two months in Venezuela.
In 2010, Mexico foiled a plot by Hezbollah to establish a new network throughout Latin America, according to Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Seyassah. Mexican police mounted a surveillance operation against the alleged leader living in Tijuana, Mexico (just south of San Diego) -- one Jameel Nasr, who was shuttling frequently between Mexico City and Beirut. Mexican police also told the newspaper that Nasr had also spent two months in Venezuela. Although there was no overt link disclosed, the timing of Mexico's move against the Nasir Hezbollah ring and the indictment in Miami of three men charged with financing Hezbollah out of Miami does not appear to be coincidental.
(February 19th, 2010 @ 10:25am) MIAMI (AP) - Three men are being charged in Miami with illegally exporting products to a South American shopping center, which U.S. officials say is a front to finance the Hezbollah terrorist group. An indictment unsealed Friday charges the three with violating a U.S. ban on doing business with the Lebanon-based organization, which is listed as a terrorist group by the U.S. The men allegedly exported goods to the shopping center in Paraguay that U.S. officials say is a fundraising conduit for Hezbollah in a part of South America known as the Tri-Border Area, encompassing parts of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.
The shopping center, Galeria Page in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, was included on the banned list in December 2006 along with owner Muhammad Yusif Abdallah. Abdallah is described as a senior Hezbollah leader in a region of South America long considered a haven for counterfeiting, smuggling, piracy and other crimes.
The suspects arrested in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigation were identified in court documents as Khaled Safadi, 56, and 43-year-old Emilio Gonzalez, both of Miami; and 46-year-old Ulises Talavera-Campos, a citizen of Paraguay.
Lebanese Used Car Dealers who Sold PlayStations, Cars and Drugs Extradited To U.S.; February 24, 2011. Used Cars, Drugs, Sony PlayStations, Hezbollah, Lebanon, Paraguay, U.S.
Paraguay extradited three Lebanese men to the United States on Thursday – two on drug trafficking charges and another who faces trial in Philadelphia for allegedly selling stolen cell phones, Sony PlayStations and used cars to raise funds for extremist activities in Lebanon.
Paraguayan anti-drug trafficking agent Maria Mercedes Castineira told The Associated Press that the three men were put on a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration plane after being held for months in Paraguayan jails.
Nemir Ali Zhayter and Amer Zoher El Hossni were captured Aug. 6, 2008, in Ciudad del Este on Paraguay’s “Triple Frontier” with Brazil and Argentina. Both were allegedly involved in trafficking cocaine to the U.S., Castineira said.
Moussa Ali Hamdan was arrested last June 16 in the same Paraguayan city shortly after arriving from New York. Prosecutors in Philadelphia said Hamdan, a dual U.S.-Lebanese national, bought what he thought where stolen goods from a U.S. government informant.
Hamdan allegedly exported more than 1,700 cell phones, 400 Sony PlayStation 2 systems and three used cars after the informant told him the money as well as counterfeit currency would go to finance Hezbollah. The Iranian-backed political group, which now has a major role in Lebanon’s government, is considered by the United States to be a terrorist organization.
Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota Fl at www.wbipi.com