Iranian and Hizbullah Operations in South America

(Prism-Center for Complex Operations-National Defense University) Matthew Levitt - While Hizbullah continues to raise significant sums of money through illicit business and smuggling in the tri-border area of South America and other free trade zones in the region, its activities have spread far beyond these well-known hot spots and include not only logistics and financing, but terrorist operational planning as well. Iran has also been tied to operations in the region, but is far more invested in building up a robust intelligence network spanning the length of the southern half of the Western Hemisphere. The threat posed by Iran and Hizbullah in the Western Hemisphere, a key geo-strategic interest and historic stronghold of American influence, should be recognized as a clear and present danger. The writer is Director of the Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

2015-12-17 00:00:00

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