A 500-page indictment released yesterday by an Argentinean prosecutor details a vast effort by Iran to infiltrate South America. Prosecutor Alberto Nisman outlined espionage bases created by Tehran in more than half a dozen countries, and described the operations of the former Iranian cultural attache in Buenos Aires, Mohsen Rabbani, in creating terror networks in Argentina and several other South American countries:
the General Prosecutor in the AMIA case, Alberto Nisman, accused the Iranian regime of “infiltrating” several South American countries “by building local clandestine intelligence stations designed to sponsor, foster and execute terrorist attacks, within the principles to export the Islamic revolution. “Based in countless reports, evidence, testimonies, court and investigative records related to other countries of the region, North America and Europe, including rulings of foreign courts against the Iranian regime, he proved the identical decision-making mechanism, planning and execution of terrorist attacks verified in different countries, which were judicially attributed to Iranian intelligence agents,” according to a briefing sent to the media.
The indictment also presents new evidence directly linking the “highest authorities” in Iran to the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people. Argentinean courts have charged eight Iranians – all current and former senior officials – in the AMIA bombing, including two candidates in Iran’s upcoming presidential election.
Analysts have for years been drawing attention to Hezbollah and Iranian activity throughout South and Central American. A report last December detailed a range of ways in which Hezbollah works with drug cartels in Mexico:
These cartel contacts smuggle illegal immigrants – including individuals affiliated with Iran, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda and other radical Islamist groups – into Mexico, placing them a virtual stone’s-throw away from the United States. Western intelligence agencies have been able to gather ample evidence suggesting that the drug cartels in Mexico – which are the de facto rulers of the northern districts bordering the US – are in cahoots with Islamic terror organizations, which are eager to execute attacks against American, Israeli, Jewish and western targets; but most of all, the Islamic terror groups are eager to make money, so they can fund their nefarious aspirations.
The Argentinean indictment is expected to draw renewed attention to Iran’s global terror network, which the West and Arab nations fear would be provided a nuclear umbrella should Tehran successfully acquire nuclear weapons.
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