Report: Hezbollah Helped Maduro Turn Venezuela into 'The Central Hub' of Terrorism in the West

Report: Hezbollah Helped Maduro Turn Venezuela into 'The Central Hub' of Terrorism in the West


A report published Wednesday by the Atlantic Council details the liaisons linking Venezuela’s socialist Maduro regime to the Shiite jihadist organization Hezbollah and its Iranian affiliates, helping Venezuela become “the central hub for the convergence of transnational organized crime and international terrorism in the Western Hemisphere.”

Author Joseph Humire of the Center for a Secure Free Society (SFS), a national security think tank, details in the report how Iran and Hezbollah have exploited century-old communities of Lebanese-Venezuelans and other Middle Eastern-origin communities in South America to create large and deliberately confusing economic networks.

Through networks that include overtly legal business activity, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Hezbollah, and other nefarious actors like Mexican drug cartels and the Marxist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) help each other line their pockets and expand their influence on a global scale, Humire wrote.

The report was published through the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin

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