A new report out from House Homeland Security Committee Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Management says that Mideast terror organizations are making inroads with drug cartels south of the American border.
The report, “A Line in the Sand: Countering Crime, Violence and Terror at the Southwest Border,” details why government officials believe America’s Southwest border is the biggest threat to terrorist infiltration into the country.
The report says that not only have Mexican drug cartels developed the financial means to more successfully bring their products into the United States, but that there is also reason to believe the cartels are working in collusion with terror organizations such as Hezbollah.
From the report:
The presence of Hezbollah in Latin America is partially explained by the large Lebanese diaspora in South America. In general, Hezbollah enjoys support by many in the Lebanese world community in part because of the numerous social programs it provides in Lebanon that include schools, hospitals, utilities and welfare…
United in their dedication to the destruction of Israel, Iran has helped Hezbollah grow from a small group of untrained guerrillas into what is arguably the most highly trained, organized and equipped terrorist organization in the world. In return, Hezbollah has served as an ideal proxy for Iranian military force – particularly against Israel – which affords Iran plausible deniability diplomatically. Hence wherever Hezbollah is entrenched, Iran will be as well and vice-versa.
The report also details an increased Iranian presence in Latin America due to the relationship between Iranian officials and Venezuela’s newly re-elected socialist leader Hugo Chavez.