Extremism, Terrorism & Bigotry

New Government Documents Detail Decades Of Global Terrorist Activities By Iran And Hezbollah

  • May 31, 2013

In recent days, reports issued by government bodies in Argentina and the United States detail the intensive and far-reaching terrorist activity by Iran and its Lebanese-based terrorist proxy, Hezbollah


On May 29, Alberto Nisman, the General Prosecutor of the case involving the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Argentina, issued a lengthy indictment accusing the Iranian regime of infiltrating several South American countries through building local intelligence gathering facilities tasked with fostering and executing terrorist attacks. The report claims that the planning for these attacks is carried out either directly by the Iranian government or its proxy, Hezbollah.

The Nisman report comes a few months after Argentina and Iran agreed to establish a joint “truth commission” to investigate the AMIA attack. In his report, Nisman argues that the AMIA bombings, which he had previously accused senior Iranian officials  of planning and financing (and for which there is an Interpol red alert warrant, including for two who are candidates in the upcoming Iranian president election), were not isolated incidents, and should be examined “as a segment in a larger sequence.” He highlights parallels between the AMIA bombing and other Iranian-backed terrorist plots, including the case of two Guyanese men with ties to the Iranian government convicted in 2010 of conspiring to bomb JFK Airport. Nisman argues that Iran could be operating terrorist cells in other South American countries, including Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Guyana, Paraguay, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Uruguay. 

In its annual terrorism report issued on May 30th, the State Department states that Iranian and Hezbollah terrorist operations have “reached a tempo unseen since the 1990s, with attacks plotted in Southeast Asia, Europe, and Africa,” highlighted by the suspected Iranian and Hezbollah involvement in recent attacks and plots in Bulgaria, Cyprus, Thailand, Georgia, Kenya and India.   In addition to Iran’s global terror activities, the report also notes Iran’s regional involvement in training, funding and providing weapons to the Assad regime, Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups, Hezbollah’s operations in Lebanon and Shia militant groups in Iraq.  

There is also growing evidence that Iran and Hezbollah are operating terrorist cells in other regions of the world.  On May 30, the Nigerian military announced the arrest of three admitted Hezbollah operatives, all Lebanese nationals, who were in possession of extensive weaponry, including landmines, anti-tank weapons, dynamite, grenades and machines guns. The military spokesman stated that the operatives were planning on attacking Israeli and Western targets.

Meanwhile, reports indicate that the European Union is moving closer to designating Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.  ADL has urged the EU to avoid labeling only Hezbollah’s “military wing” as terrorist, arguing that a partial designation is unlikely to have a significant impact on Hezbollah’s fundraising activities in Europe, and will create additional challenges for law enforcement efforts against terrorist financing.

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