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Peru summit provides opportunity to ramp up fight against ISIS

When President Barack Obama visits Lima this week for a two-day Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, the fight against Islamist terrorism should be at the very top of his agenda.  In the last year, ISIS affiliates have appeared in Mexico, Argentina, Paraguay, Colombia, the Caribbean, and Brazil, to name a few. A terrorist plot by ISIS affiliate Ansar al-Khilafah targeting the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro was fortunately foiled.

The counterterrorism success in Brazil was a combined effort by local and international authorities who acted quickly to thwart 12 Brazilian jihadists planning to emulate the November 2015 Paris attacks by ISIS. The catalyst enabling the Brazilian Federal Police to uncover this plot was the country’s first antiterrorism legislation enacted this past March. This new law gave Brazilian officials the legal authority to case, survey, arrest, and convict Islamist terrorists before they act.

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These ‘little alerts’ show Iran’s growing presence in Latin America

Last October, a 28-year-old Lebanese man named Muhamed Amadar was arrested in Lima, Peru. He was alone and hadn’t left his apartment for weeks. A search of his apartment found TNT and other chemicals used for making explosives.

The Peruvian National Police analyzed the chemicals and determined that they were similar to those by the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah.

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