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Terror In South America: Iran And Hezbollah Threaten The Region

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Washington Examiner

Terror In South America: Iran And Hezbollah Threaten The Region, Insiders Say

by Abraham Mahshie

The phrasing and emphasis were deliberate. Colombian Defense Minister Carlos Trujillo stood at a podium at the Pentagon reading a prepared statement in English when he turned to U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper to pause and enunciate one word at the end of a list of shared threats: “Hezbollah.”

The Iranian-sponsored terrorist organization has long had a presence in Latin America, but recent United States-Iran tensions and the potential for a proxy strike on U.S. interests from a staging point in not-so-friendly Venezuela have brought concerns to the forefront.

“We also reaffirmed our joint commitment to counterattack the illegitimate Maduro regime's harboring of terrorist groups such as the ELN, the FARC, and others, such as Hezbollah,” Trujillo said of his Feb. 7 meeting with Esper.

Read more: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/defense-national-security/terror-in-south-america-iran-and-hezbollah-threaten-the-region-insiders-say