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Mar 31, 2015 0 Comments

Iranian terrorist network could use Latin American traffickers against U.S., military warns Media Appearances, Media Mentions

A senior U.S. military official has once again expressed concern from Washington that Iranian-backed terrorists groups are operating throughout Latin America and working with drug trafficking groups.

Speaking to the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee last week, Lieutenant General Ken Tovo – the deputy commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) – told lawmakers that he was concerned about “the financial and operational overlap between criminal and terrorist networks” in Latin America.

“While there is not yet any indication that the criminal networks involved in human- and drug-trafficking are interested in supporting the efforts of terrorist groups, these networks could unwittingly, or even wittingly, facilitate the movement of terrorist operatives or weapons of mass destruction toward our borders, potentially undetected and almost completely unrestricted,” Tovo said in his testimony to Congress…. Continue Reading »

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Mar 22, 2015 0 Comments

The Iran and Argentina Nexus Media Mentions

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In a Veja op-ed entitled “The Teheran-Caracas-Buenos Aires Connection,” Leonardo Coutinho explains the complex dealings between Iran, Venezuela, and Argentina as told by three defectors of the Chavez regime. Joseph Humire used this article as a source for a testimony before a House joint subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere and the Middle East, which was then quoted in Mary O’Grady’s article titled, “Iran and Argentina: The Defectors’ Tale.”

Humire is quoted as saying, “if [the defectors’ information] is true, then I believe we have all underestimated Latin America’s importance to the Islamic Republic. And by extension can no longer afford to divorce the continuing nuclear negotiations with the P5+1 and Iran’s activities in the region.”

Read the complete articles, mentioned above, here:

“The Teheran-Caracas-Buenos Aires Connection” by Leonardo Coutinho in Veja

“Iran and Argentina: The Defectors’ Tale” by Mary O’Grady in the Wall Street Journal

Mar 19, 2015 0 Comments

“Hay que investigar la triangulación Argentina – Venezuela – Irán” Media Mentions

Irán y USA entran en la recta final de la ronda de negociaciones diplomáticas que mantienen en Lausana (Suiza) para llegar a un acuerdo que establezca límites estrictos al programa nuclear iraní a cambio del alivio paulatino de las sanciones internacionales. El director de la Organización de Energía Atómica de Irán, Ali-Akbar Salehi; y el secretario de Energía de USA., Ernest Moniz, se reúnen en forma permanente. También los jefes de la diplomacia estadounidense, John Kerry; su homólogo iraní, Mohamad Yazad Zarif; y la directora política del Servicio de Acción Exterior de la Unión Europea, Helga Schmid. A la ronda negociadora se incorporaron ya los jefes de los equipos técnicos de Reino Unido, Francia, Rusia y China (que con USA conforman el Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU) más Alemania, que integran el llamado Grupo 5+1. En ese contexto, en el Legislativo estadounidense se realizó una sesión de información y análisis de la injerencia de Irán en América latina. Uno de los expositores fue Joseph Humire, entrevistado por Urgente24Radio, en un diálogo al que luego se sumó la diputada nacional Patricia Bullrich, aliada del PRO. Irán, con ayuda de Venezuela, financió secretamente la campaña de la entonces candidata Cristina Kirchner, con la esperanza obtener a cambio acceso a los conocimientos que Argentina obtuvo durante el desarrollo de su programa nuclear y ayuda para encubrir la vinculación de Teherán con los ataques terroristas de la AMIA, denunció Humire, director ejecutivo del Centro para una Sociedad Libre y Segura.

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