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May 31, 2013

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

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, Hezbollahiran-hezbollah-global-terrorism

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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February 21, 2013

Iranian Terror Plots Continue To Spread Around the Globe

Even as Iran seeks to mend ties with Argentina over the 1994 terrorist attack on the AMIA Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires, Iran continues to be implicated in terror plots on Western, Israeli and Jewish targets around the world.

Yesterday, Nigerian security services announced the arrest of three men accused of surveilling targets for a possible Iranian-backed attack in the city of Lagos. The three men, all Nigerians, were tasked with gathering “intelligence on public places and prominent hotels frequented by American and Israelis” according to a State Security Service spokeswoman.  She also claimed that the leader of the cell sent pictures of the local Israeli culture center to his Iranian handlers.  The leader has confessed to spying on behalf of Iran.

Also yesterday, a man on trial in Cyprus for scouting targets where Israelis were likely to be present admitted to being a member of the Iranian-backed terrorist organization Hezbollah.  He was arrested less than two weeks before a bombing in Burgas, Bulgaria, killed five Israelis in July of last year.  Bulgaria officially implicated two members of Hezbollah in the attack earlier this month.

Since the beginning of 2012, Iran and its proxies have been implicated in a series of plots and attacks on Jewish and Israeli targets, including:

  • January 2012: A failed bomb plot targeting Israelis in Thailand was linked to Iran-backed Hezbollah.
  • January 2012: Azerbaijani authorities arrested two men linked to Iranian intelligence over a plot to attack the Israeli Ambassador and a local rabbi.
  • February 2012: Iranian intelligence was linked to the bombing of an Israeli embassy vehicle in India which injured the wife of the Israeli Defense Attaché and three others.
  • February 2012: Israel blamed Iran after a bomb was discovered targeting an embassy car in Georgia; it was defused before it exploded.
  • February 2012: Azerbaijan arrested members of a cell working linked to Iran and Hezbollah in a plot to target the Israeli Embassy and a Jewish cultural center.
  • February 2012: An explosion in Bangkok led to the arrest of three Iranians.
  • March 2012: Azerbaijan arrested members of a cell targeting the Israeli and American embassies on behalf of Iran.
  • April 2012: Intelligence services reportedly searched for Iranian agent in Turkey suspected of plotting attacks on Western, Israeli and Jewish targets.
  • April 2012: India expelled an Iranian national listed by the Iranian consulate as a government employee after he was found casing Israeli and Jewish sites in the city of Pune.
  • June 2012: Two Iranians were arrested in Kenya in possession of chemicals that authorities claimed would be used for bombs. They reportedly were plotting to attack Israeli, American, British or Saudi targets.
  • July 2012: Cypriot authorities arrested a dual Swedish-Lebanese citizen accused of surveilling Israeli targets for a possible attack for Iran-backed Hezbollah. 
  • July 2012: At least two members of Iran-backed Hezbollah killed 5 Israelis and their Bulgarian bus driver in the bombing of a tour bus in Burgas, Bulgaria.

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