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Argentina: Latin America’s New Leader in Counterterrorism

Joseph M. Humire

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In an op-ed piece for the Gatestone Institute, Joseph Humire discusses Argentine President Mauricio Macri’s historic step to officially designate Hezbollah as a foreign terrorist organization in Argentina, the first designation of its kind in Latin America:

This week we honor the 85 victims of the largest Islamist terrorist attack in Latin America’s history: the bombing the Asociación Mutual Isrealita Argentina (AMIA) on July 18, 1994. Twenty-five years have passed since the morning when a Renault van packed with 300 kilograms of explosives detonated in front of the AMIA building in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It took more than a decade — until 2006 — for the Argentine government to formally charge the Islamic Republic of Iran and its terror-proxy, Hezbollah, for carrying out the attack. Now, 13 years after that, Argentine President Mauricio Macri is taking a historic step and preparing to officially designate Hezbollah as a foreign terrorist organization in Argentina, the first designation of its kind in Latin America.

Read the full article at Gatestone Institute.

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