Spain’s Defense Ministry has proclaimed that Latin America has become a “hotbed of Islamic terrorism.” ISIS and Hezbollah roam freely and raise large amounts of money to finance terrorist activities, mainly in the United States.
The report was released in December by Spain’s Defense Ministry, and it states, “Latin America represents an important region for Islamic radicalism because conditions enable the free, almost undetectable, movement of their members throughout the region. The ignorance involving the threat of jihadist terrorism in Latin America has been such that some governments have refused to cooperate with U.S. authorities and other intelligence services.”
The report warned that ISIS is expanding quickly in Latin America and states about a 100 individuals from the region’s large Muslim community have traveled to Syria and Iraq to join terrorist groups recently.
The report also states, “Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean islands on the northern edge of Latin America, are identified as ‘especially worrisome’ because local authorities reported that 70 of their citizens traveled to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS. Additionally, nine of the islands’ citizens were detained in Turkey attempting to cross the border into Syria.”
According to Jihad Watch, the strong connection between Islamic terrorists and Latin America has been developing for years and included Mexico. A partnership between Muslim terrorists and Mexican drug cartels has created a critical threat to the United States.
Last year Judicial Watch reported on an ISIS is camp set up just a few miles from El Paso, Texas, in an area known as “Anapra,” situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.
Judicial Watch also broke a story about Mexican drug cartels smuggling foreigners from countries with terrorist links into a small Texas rural town near El Paso.
Earlier this year, the State department confirmed that “Arab extremists” are entering the U.S. through Mexico with the assistance of smuggling network “cells.” Among them, is a top Al Qaeda operative wanted by the FBI.
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