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May 31, 2013 0

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 3

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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