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Israel accuses Iran of providing munitions for drones supplied to Venezuela

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz, speaks during a meeting with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin at the Pentagon, Dec. 9, 2021, in Washington. (AP) February 22, 2022 Israel accused Iran on Tuesday of planning to arm drones supplied to Venezuela with precision-guided munitions, remarks that appeared aimed at raising American alarm as world powers [...]

By |February 22nd, 2022|Israel, Latin America, Venezuela|

Colombia is tackling the threat of Hezbollah in South America

Iran-backed Hezbollah parade in Beirut, undated. (AFP) By Alissa Pavia and Joze Pelayo February 10, 2022 Questions surrounding Hezbollah’s presence in South America resurfaced when a former Israeli official was the target of an assassination attempt in Colombia in November. In a government report addressed to the government, Israel’s intelligence agency Mossad linked [...]

By |February 10th, 2022|Latin America, Lebanon|

Colombia says Iran, Russia helping Venezuela to move troops to border

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro flanked by soldiers at an army base in Caracas, May 3, 2019. (EPA) February 5, 2022 Colombia has accused Venezuela of moving troops to their common border with technical assistance from Iran and Russia, Reuters reported. Citing intelligence sources during an anti-drugs conference in Colombia's Caribbean city of Cartagena [...]

By |February 5th, 2022|Latin America, Russia, Venezuela|

Iran’s Mohsen Rezaee should face justice

Mohsen Rezaee, Iran's vice president for economic affairs and former commander of IRGC. (AFP) By Emanuele Ottolenghi and Toby Dershowitz January 13, 2022 On January 8, a Dassault Falcon 900EX executive jet (tail number EP-IGC) owned by the Iranian government took off from Tehran, heading west. Aboard the plane was an Iranian delegation traveling [...]

By |January 13th, 2022|Latin America, Nicaragua|

Argentina protests Iranian suspect at Nicaragua event

Mohsen Rezaei, the Iranian vice president for economic affairs. (ISNA) January 12, 2022 The presence of a senior Iranian official at the investiture of Nicaragua’s president has angered Argentina, which alleges the official was involved in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people. Argentina’s Foreign Ministry [...]

By |January 12th, 2022|Latin America, Nicaragua|

Is Tehran leveraging ‘National and Popular Islam’ in South America?

The presence of Hezbollah and the IRGC in Latin America is considered a vital Iranian asset. (AFP) By Florencia Montaruli January 12, 2022 Any Argentine who hears the phrases "national and popular" and "great homeland" in rapid succession will instantly think of Kirchnerismo: the populist-left political movement led by ex-President Cristina Kirchner (in office 2007-2015). [...]

By |January 12th, 2022|Latin America|

Chile’s new president is a win for Iran

Chile's President-elect Gabriel Boric celebrates with supporters after winning the presidential election in Santiago, Chile, December 19, 2021. (AFP) By Emanuele Ottolenghi December 29, 2021 The Iranian cultural center in Santiago de Chile is hard to spot. Located inside a private home in a residential neighborhood, it bears no obvious sign to mark [...]

By |December 29th, 2021|Chile, Latin America|

Venezuela’s President Maduro to visit Iran ‘very soon’

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro. (AP) December 27, 2021 Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday he will soon visit Iran to finalize new agreements on cooperation with the Middle Eastern country, which has become Venezuela’s top ally in boosting oil output amid US sanctions. Venezuela and Iran have strengthened their ties since last [...]

By |December 27th, 2021|Latin America, Venezuela|

New details emerge on Hezbollah ‘assassination plot’ in Colombia

Hezbollah militants parade images of dead Shiite imams and a dead leader, Imad Mughniyah, centre, at his funeral. (AFP) By Florencia Montaruli December 9, 2021 In mid-November, Colombian Defence Minister Diego Molano startled the international community by declaring Iran and Hezbollah “enemies” of his country. Molano claimed that two months previously, “we had to deal [...]

By |December 9th, 2021|Israel, Latin America, Lebanon, North America, USA|

Iran’s quest for Soleimani’s revenge goes to Latin America

FARC members hold a ceremony honoring General Soleimani. (AFP) By Emanuele Ottolenghi December 3, 2021 Shortly after a U.S. strike killed Iran’s most senior general, Qassem Soleimani, in Baghdad in January 2020, both Iran and its terror proxy Hezbollah swore revenge. Nearly two years later, Iran and Hezbollah have not meaningfully struck back at [...]

By |December 3rd, 2021|Latin America|