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Hizbullah en Suramérica

Mensaje por Esteban » 12 May 2007 11:39

Un trabajo de investigación conjunto de las cadenas NBC y Telemundo alerta de la presencia de militantes de esta organización en la zona conocida como la triple frontera, entre Paraguay, Brasil y Argentina. Puntos a favor de la penetración de estos terroristas en esta zona: la presencia a nivel regional de una importante colonia libanesa procedente de las sucesivas migraciones por culpa de las guerras civiles en Líbano, la falta de control de las respectivas autoridades, la capacidad de mimetización con la población de estos países, y las ganancias económicas de los variopintos contrabandos que se dan en la zona.

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Hezbollah builds a Western base
From inside South America’s Tri-border area, Iran-linked militia targets U.S.
By Pablo Gato and Robert Windrem
NBC News
Updated: 9:29 a.m. ET May 9, 2007
CIUDAD DEL ESTE, Paraguay - The Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia has taken root in South America, fostering a well-financed force of Islamist radicals boiling with hatred for the United States and ready to die to prove it, according to militia members, U.S. officials and police agencies across the continent.

From its Western base in a remote region divided by the borders of Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina known as the Tri-border, or the Triple Frontier, Hezbollah has mined the frustrations of many Muslims among about 25,000 Arab residents whose families immigrated mainly from Lebanon in two waves, after the 1948 Arab-Israeli war and after the 1985 Lebanese civil war.

An investigation by Telemundo and NBC News has uncovered details of an extensive smuggling network run by Hezbollah, a Shiite Muslim group founded in Lebanon in 1982 that the United States has labeled an international terrorist organization. The operation funnels large sums of money to militia leaders in the Middle East and finances training camps, propaganda operations and bomb attacks in South America, according to U.S. and South American officials.

U.S. officials fear that poorly patrolled borders and rampant corruption in the Tri-border region could make it easy for Hezbollah terrorists to infiltrate the southern U.S. border. From the largely lawless region, it is easy for potential terrorists, without detection, to book passage to the United States through Brazil and then Mexico simply by posing as tourists.

They are men like Mustafa Khalil Meri, a young Arab Muslim whom Telemundo interviewed in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay’s second-largest city and the center of the Tri-border region. There is nothing particularly distinctive about him, but beneath the everyday T-shirt he wears beats the heart of a devoted Hezbollah militiaman.

“If he attacks Iran, in two minutes Bush is dead,” Meri said. “We are Muslims. I am Hezbollah. We are Muslims, and we will defend our countries at any time they are attacked.”


Straight shot to the U.S.
U.S. and South American officials warn that Meri’s is more than a rhetorical threat.

It is surprisingly easy to move across borders in the Triple Frontier, where motorbikes are permitted to cross without documents. A smuggler can bike from Paraguay into Brazil and return without ever being asked for a passport, and it is not much harder for cars and trucks.


The implications of such lawlessness could be dire, U.S. and Paraguayan officials said. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Hezbollah militiamen would raise no suspicions because they have Latin American passports, speak Spanish and look like Hispanic tourists.

The CIA singles out the Mexican border as an especially inviting target for Hezbollah operatives. “Many alien smuggling networks that facilitate the movement of non-Mexicans have established links to Muslim communities in Mexico,” its Counter Terrorism Center said in a 2004 threat paper.

“Non-Mexicans often are more difficult to intercept because they typically pay high-end smugglers a large sum of money to efficiently assist them across the border, rather than haphazardly traverse it on their own.”

Deadly legacy of a lawless frontier
Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Tri-border has become a top-level, if little-publicized, concern for Washington, particularly as tension mounts with Iran, Hezbollah’s main sponsor. Paraguayan government officials told Telemundo that CIA operatives and agents of Israel’s Mossad security force were known to be in the region seeking to neutralize what they believe could be an imminent threat.

But long before that, U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies regarded the region as a “free zone for significant criminal activity, including people who are organized to commit acts of terrorism,” Louis Freeh, then the director of the FBI, said in 1998.

Edward Luttwak, a counterterrorism expert with the Pentagon’s National Security Study Group, described the Tri-border as the most important base for Hezbollah outside Lebanon itself, home to “a community of dangerous fanatics that send their money for financial support to Hezbollah.”

“People kill with that, and they have planned terrorist attacks from there,” said Luttwak, who has been a terrorism consultant to the CIA and the National Security Council. “The northern region of Argentina, the eastern region of Paraguay and even Brazil are large terrains, and they have an organized training and recruitment camp for terrorists.”

“Our experience is that if you see one roach, there are a lot more,” said Frank Urbancic, principal deputy director of the State Department’s counterterrorism office, who has spent most of his career in the Middle East.


A mother lode of money
Operating out of the Tri-border, Hezbollah is accused of killing more than 100 people in attacks in nearby Buenos Aires, Argentina, during the early 1990s in operations personally masterminded by Hezbollah’s military commander, Imad Mugniyah.

Mugniyah is on the most-wanted terrorist lists of both the FBI and the European Union, and he is believed to work frequently out of Ciudad del Este.

For President Bush and the U.S.-led “war on terror,” the flourishing of Hezbollah in the Western Hemisphere demonstrates the worrying worldwide reach of Islamist radicalism. In the Tri-border, Hezbollah and other radical anti-U.S. groups have found a lucrative base from which to finance many of their operations.

Smuggling has long been the lifeblood of the Tri-border, accounting for $2 billion to $3 billion in the region, according to congressional officials. Several U.S. agencies said that Arab merchants were involved in smuggling cigarettes and livestock to avoid taxes, as well as cocaine and marijuana through the border with Brazil on their way to Europe. Some of the proceeds are sent to Hezbollah, they said.

Many Arabs in the Tri-border openly acknowledge that they send money to Hezbollah to help their families, and the man in charge of the local mosque in Ciudad del Este, who asked not to be identified by name, declared that Shiite Muslim mosques had “an obligation to finance it.”

But the U.S. government maintains that the money ends up stained with blood when it goes through Hezbollah, which is blamed for the bombings of the U.S. Embassy and the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, in the 1980s, as well as the kidnappings of Americans, two of whom were tortured and killed.

Patrick M. O’Brien, the assistant secretary of the Treasury in charge of fighting terrorist financing, acknowledged flatly that “we are worried.”

“Hezbollah has penetrated the area, and part of that smuggling money is used to finance terrorist attacks,” he said.

In Paraguay, looking the other way
The biggest obstacle in the U.S. campaign to counter Hezbollah close to home is Paraguay, whose “judicial system remains severely hampered by a lack of strong anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism legislation,” the State Department said in a “Patterns of Global Terrorism” report.

Since 2004, a draft bill to strengthen money laundering laws has been stalled in the Paraguayan legislature, and the government of President Nicanor Duarte has introduced no draft legislation of its own.

Hampering reform efforts is an endemic reluctance in Paraguay to acknowledge the problem.

Interior Minister Rogelio Benitez Vargas, who supervises the national police, claimed that Hezbollah-linked smuggling was a relic of the 1980s. Today, he said, the Triple Frontier is a safe and regulated “commercial paradise.”

But authorities from the U.S. State and Treasury departments to Interpol to the front-line Paraguayan police agencies all paint a different picture. Eduardo Arce, secretary of the Paraguayan Union of Journalists, said the government was widely considered to be under the control of drug traffickers and smugglers.

Without interference, thousands of people cross the River Parana every day from Paraguay to Brazil over the Bridge of Friendship loaded with products on which they pay no taxes. As police look the other way, he said, some smugglers cross the border 10 to 20 times a day. Earlier this year, Telemundo cameras were present as smugglers in Ciudad del Este loaded trucks headed for Brazil. They could have been laden with drugs or weapons, but no authorities ever checked.


Direct link to Iran alleged
José Adasco knows better than most why Hezbollah has the region in a grip of fear.

In 1992 and 1994, terrorists believed to be linked to Hezbollah carried out two attacks against Jewish targets in Buenos Aires, the Argentine capital. In the first, a car bomb exploded at the Israeli Embassy, killing 29 people. Two years later, a suicide bomber attacked the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association, a Jewish community center, killing 85 more.

Adasco, who represents the Jewish association, has never been able to forget that day and the friends he lost.

“Really, to see the knocked-down building, [to hear] the screams, the cries, people running — it was total chaos. Chaos, chaos. It is inexpressible,” he said.

An investigation by Interpol and the FBI found not only Hezbollah’s involvement, but Iran’s, as well. The Argentine prosecutor’s office said the Iranian president at the time, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, ordered the attack to retaliate against Argentina for suspending nuclear cooperation with Iran.

A warrant for Rafsanjani’s arrest remains outstanding, and the prosecutor’s office continues its investigation 13 years later.

Hezbollah tells its story
Alberto Nisman, the Argentine district attorney leading the investigation, said the connection between the Hezbollah attack and the Tri-border is unquestionable. Among other things, he said, the suicide bomber passed through the area to receive instructions.

In the intervening years, Hezbollah has spread throughout Latin America.

On their Web page, local Hezbollah militants in Venezuela call their fight against the United States a “holy war” and post photographs of would-be suicide terrorists with masks and bombs. There are also Web sites for Hezbollah in Chile, El Salvador, Argentina and most other Latin American countries.

“The Paraguayan justice [ministry] and the national police have found propaganda materials for Hezbollah” across the hemisphere, said Augusto Anibal Lima of Paraguay’s Tri-border Police.

And it is not only propaganda. In October, homemade bombs were left in front of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela, which is next to a school.

Police arrested a student carrying Hezbollah propaganda in Spanish. One of the pamphlets showed a picture of children and said, “Combat is our highest expression of love and the only way to offer a healthy and uncorrupted world.”

Caracas police were able to detonate the bombs safely. Police Commissioner Wilfredo Borras said they appeared to be “explosive devices made to make noise and publicity” — very different from what would be used if the United States attacked Iran.

“In [the] United States, there are many Arabs — in Canada, too,” said Meri, the Hezbollah member who spoke with Telemundo. “If one bomb [strikes] Iran, one bomb, [Bush] will see the world burning.

“... If an order arrives, all the Arabs that are here, in other parts in the world, all will go to take bombs, bombs for everybody if he bombs Iran.”

El link, con reportaje de vídeo en español en http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17874369/page/3/&fg=

La cadena de TV anuncia otro reportaje para los próximos días.

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Mensaje por Salmonfar » 15 May 2007 18:42

Es una realidad absolutamente incontrastable la presencia del "Partido de Dios" en sudamerica, la notable presencia que han adquirido en la triple frontera es desde ya un peligro a ser considerado por las diversas fuerzas de seguridad de los países implicados. Es menester anotar que han implementado redes en internet de soporte y ayuda a su causa, las mismas que se han concretado en sendas reuniones en Buenos Aires y hasta en ciudades de frontera como Formosa. En el caso particular de mi país, el Perú, lamentablemente sus puertos se han convertido en plataforma para la "exportación" de personas ilegalmente, de droga y de armas; últimamente los casos más sonados han sido el tráfico de ciudadanos chinos y la detección de ingentes cargamentos de droga nunca antes vistos, siendo en ésta última muy activa la participación de mafias ucranianas. Pero lo más preocupante es que los servicios de seguridad interna (Servicio de Inteligancia Nacional, Dirección de Inteligencia de la Marina de Guerra) han detectado que potencialmente tb pueden ser usados por redes como Al Qaeda o Hezbollah para la movilización de armas, recursos y miembros. Este panorama puede hacerse realidad al momento que estos individuos consideren que la Triple Frontera ya no es segura, máxime si consideramos que en la frontera sur del Perú hay una gran cantidad de musulmanes, con mezquita y todo que se dedican a la venta de automoviles nuevos y de segunda mano en la Zona Franca de Tacna, que es nuestro departamento limítrofe con Chile.

En ese sentido considero oportuna la labor conjunta de los directamente implicados en esta situación tales como la inteligencia peruana, israelí, argentina, brasileña y la norteamericana.


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Mensaje por Esteban » 15 May 2007 19:27

Bienvenido, Salmonfar. Efectivamente, parece que los movimientos terroristas tienen una gran facilidad para adaptarse e infiltrarse en estas zonas fronterizas donde las autoridades tienen menos control. Ya está la segunda parte del reportaje disponible en

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17874369/page/3/&fg=
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Mensaje por Esteban » 19 May 2007 20:10

Oro análisis interesante, disponible en http://www.instituteforcounterterrorism ... Karmon.pdf
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Mensaje por kilo009 » 20 May 2007 04:09

Bienvenido Salmonfar:

Este panorama puede hacerse realidad al momento que estos individuos consideren que la Triple Frontera ya no es segura, máxime si consideramos que en la frontera sur del Perú hay una gran cantidad de musulmanes, con mezquita y todo que se dedican a la venta de automoviles nuevos y de segunda mano en la Zona Franca de Tacna, que es nuestro departamento limítrofe con Chile


Puede ser ese un interesante método de financiación. Hay que tener en cuenta que todos los que trabajan en esa venta de automóviles nuevos y de segunda mano no tiene por qué saber que trabaja para Al-Qaeda, basta que el líder lo sepa y sus beneficios vayan para la causa. También hay que mirar que posiblemente esa venta de vehículos pueda realizarse de forma ilegal, con vehículos robados.
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Mensaje por Salmonfar » 22 May 2007 17:35

Efectivamente, y es particularmente impresionante el crecimiento y desarrollo comercial que han obtenido. La ciudad de Tacna es muy conocida por tener Zonas Francas, zonas especiales con tratamiento tributario preferencial, lo cual ha sido visto como una gran oportunidad de negocio por estos ciudadanos musulmanes, es más, han convertido al islam a muchas mujeres peruanas, indias y mestizas, tb han construido mezquitas. Creanme amigos que lo facturado por ellos es bastante, aunado al hecho que las fronteras peruanas y los controles aduaneros son una coladera, todo ello facilita el ingreso y salida de cualquier cosa, verbigracia, armas y drogas. Pero en mi querido país, las autoridades no ven más allá de sus narices, lamentablemente. No hay pruebas fehacientes de que los automóviles sean robados, pero es una posibilidad, como tb la es y como tú dices, que el Imán, sea el que conoce y maneje los destinos de las ganancias.

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Mensaje por Esteban » 22 May 2007 18:11

¿hay indicios de que funcionen mecanismos de hwala? es la banca islámica que mueve capitales a través de amistades entre unas regiones y otras.
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Mensaje por Esteban » 04 Jun 2007 18:53

Informe sobre el riesgo terrorista en América latina

http://www.strategycenter.net/research/ ... detail.asp

La conclusión

Conclusion

There are numerous factors that now make Latin America a serious security concern, regardless of any specific terrorist threat or action. These include:

o the growing ties between Latin American countries and state sponsors of terror, such as Iran;

o a growing Islamist presence and activism in the region aimed at converting and recruiting Latin Americans who can easily migrate into the U.S.;

o the marked reversal in democratic gains in several countries (Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, and possibly Nicaragua);

o the existence of large, ungovernable areas within the region which serve as havens and staging areas for criminal and terrorist activities;

o Venezuela’s tolerance, if not overt sponsorship, of regional terrorist organizations responsible for drug trafficking, kidnappings and instability; and,

o the perennial problems of drug trafficking, transnational criminal networks and Central American gangs.

These are all issues deserving of greater focus and vigilance from Washington. The increasingly permissive operational environment for Islamist radicals and their teaming arrangements with criminal elements and some of the region’s major political actors represents a significant challenge for U.S. intelligence, law enforcement, diplomatic and military leaders at a time when their attention is largely focused elsewhere.
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Yihadismo Triple Frontera - Hezbolá - Presencia iraní

Mensaje por EJ » 26 Ago 2007 22:09

Funcionarios Venezolanos del aeropuerto de Maiquetía tienen orden de NO revisar equipajes ni documentación, DE NINGUN CIUDADANO IRANI que entre en Venezuela a traves de ese aeropuerto.

Imaginaos como se va a poner la triple frontera.

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Mensaje por ZULU » 14 Sep 2007 19:14

Aunque no es propiamente una noticia sobre terrorismo, si tiene su influencia sobre el mundo occidental y el Islam.

Canadá contra el velo musulmán

Una fuerte polémica se ha desatado en Canadá al conocerse la decisión de las autoridades electorales canadienses de permitir a las mujeres musulmanas votar con el rostro cubierto, pese a las protestas de toda la clase política y el Primer Ministro llamándolas a dar marcha atrás en esa decisión.

El primer ministro canadiense, Stephen Harper, afirmó el domingo pasado que no está de acuerdo con la decisión que permite a las mujeres musulmanas en Canadá votar con un velo que cubre sus rostros. Harper aseguró que está “totalmente en desacuerdo” y recordó que los cuatro partidos políticos con presencia en el Parlamento votaron la pasada primavera a favor de una nueva ley que exige la identificación visual de los votantes. Harper dijo ante los periodistas después de asistir a una cumbre internacional en Sydney, Australia, que “esa ley fue adoptada por el Parlamento prácticamente de forma unánime” y que la nueva decisión, tomada por Elecciones Canadá –un órgano independiente que supervisa las elecciones nacionales–, “va en una dirección completamente distinta, contraria a la voluntad popular”.

Elections Canada, el organismo oficial independiente encargado de supervisar los procesos electorales, anunció la semana pasada que las mujeres musulmanas podrían llevar velo cuando votasen en las próximas elecciones en Quebec, que se celebrarán este mes de septiembre. En esta ciudad existe una fuerte oposición a esa indumentaria.

El organismo indicó que las mujeres podrían votar con el rostro cubierto con la condición de presentar dos documentos de identidad oficiales o prestando juramento estando acompañados “de otro elector” que también debe prestar juramento. Para justificar su decisión interpretan que la ley permite diversas formas de sufragio, entre las cuales el voto por correspondencia no requiere la identificación visual del elector. Siguiendo esta interpretación ¿podrán los motoristas votar en Canadá con el casco puesto?, o se trata realmente de una nueva discriminación positiva en la que los principios de Occidente ceden ante las tradiciones musulmanas
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