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Hezbollah in Mexico

Submitted by on May 6, 2011 – 3:01 am EST5 Comments

From the San Diego News

A terrorist organization whose home base is in the Middle East has established another home base across the border in Mexico.

“They are recognized by many experts as the ‘A’ team of Muslim terrorist organizations,” a former U.S. intelligence agent told 10News.

The former agent, referring to Shi’a Muslim terrorist group Hezbollah, added, “They certainly have had successes in big-ticket bombings.”..

“We are looking at 15 or 20 years that Hezbollah has been setting up shop in Mexico,” the agent told 10News.

Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, U.S. policy has focused on al-Qaida and its offshoots.

“They are more shooters than thinkers … it’s a lot of muscles, courage, desire but not a lot of training,” the agent said, referring to al-Qaida.

Hezbollah, he said, is far more advanced.

“Their operators are far more skilled … they are the equals of Russians, Chinese or Cubans,” he said. “I consider Hezbollah much more dangerous in that sense because of strategic thinking; they think more long-term.”

Hezbolah has operated in South America for decades and then Central America, along with their sometime rival, sometime ally Hamas.

Now, the group is blending into Shi’a Muslim communities in Mexico, including Tijuana. Other pockets along the U.S.-Mexico border region remain largely unidentified as U.S. intelligence agencies are focused on the drug trade.

“They have had clandestine training in how to live in foreign hostile territories,” the agent said.

The agent, who has spent years deep undercover in Mexico, said Hezbollah is partnering with drug organizations, but which ones is not clear at this time.

He told 10News the group receives cartel cash and protection in exchange for Hezbollah expertise.

“From money laundering to firearms training and explosives training,” the agent said.

For example, he tracked, along with Mexican intelligence, two Hezbollah operatives in safe houses in Tijuana and Durango

“I confirmed the participation of cartel members as well as other Hezbollah individuals living and operating out of there,” he said…

Why have Americans not heard more about Hezbollah’s activities happening so close to the border?

“If they really wanted to start blowing stuff up, they could do it,” the agent said.

According to the agent, the organization sees the U.S. as their “cash cow,” with illegal drug and immigration operations. Many senior Hezbollah leaders are wealthy businessmen, the agent said.

“The money they are sending back to Lebanon is too important right now to jeopardize those operations,” he said.

The agent said the real concern is the group’s long-term goal of radicalizing Muslim communities.

“They’re focusing on developing … infiltrating communities within North America,” the agent told 10News.

America is  lucky the Obama Administration takes border security so seriously.

5 Comments »

  • Lisa G in NZ says:

    Well I’m sure “project gunrunner” had nothing at all to do with supplying drug cartels and criminals across the Amercian border in Mexico

    /sarc off

    Trevor: check out Michelle Malkin’s post about Rep. Issa putting AG Holder on the hot seat about this:

    http://michellemalkin.com/2011/05/04/project-gunrunner-update-the-fit-hits-the-shan/

    • davec says:

      Gun runner had nothiing to do with arming Mexicans, they are ALREADY armed. What do they want high PRICED semi automatic firearms for when they buy MACHINE GUNS at bargain basement prices?

      Obamas illicit gun program was about attacking US Gun dealers.

  • George says:

    I believe Glenn Beck has been warning us about this for quite some time. I cannot fathom for the life of me, how our Federal Govt. can be so ignorant as to continue to allow our border to remain so porous just for the sake of trying to pander to the illegal vote. The incompetance of this govt is so dangerous. Thank God for His protection, bacause we sure can’t count on Janet Incompetano!

  • George says:

    Oh yeah Lisa. I had forgotten about “Gunrunner” there for a minute. They’re not only incompetant, they’re complicit. Lord help us, PLEASE!

  • Operation Gunrunner, Napoletano saying the “border is secure” and yet telling the police to not catch the illegals crossing over in the areas of the border…and the administration does indeed NOT care about the border, they want that to destabalize the country even more for their own progressive agenda.

    Van Jones described it “pressure top down, bottom up, inside out.”

    This case, the Hezbollah has been known of by most of us on the area for some time, their MO with big hits and such all over many cartel attacks with car bombs and such.

    It is one more source of pressure for the nation, that the admin can use to crack down even farther upon our few remaining freedoms in the country.

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