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The threat from Islamic extremists in Latin America remains an overlooked aspect of U.S. national security strategy. And the threat is worsening – not “waning” as the Obama administration claimed about Iran in 2013.

That is all according to a new report released by the National Center for Policy Analysis, a nonpartisan public policy research organization.


The report, authored by David Grantham, senior fellow on national security at the center, looked into the growing influence of countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran in Latin America.

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 at Fox News reports that in regards to Iran, the report warns of the prospect of a retaliatory attack on the U.S., saying, “The Islamic Republic has the capability and infrastructure to strike the United States from Latin America, but experts disagree over whether it would take that risk.”


As Islam grows in Latin America and the Caribbean, particularly in places like Brazil, Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago, experts say Islamic radicalization in parts of these regions is growing as well – which is particularly disconcerting because of their proximity to the United States.

Of particular concern is the tri-border region of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, 800 miles north of Buenos Aires, where the Islamic militant group Hezbollah has set up its most important base outside of Lebanon.


But other threats include Trinidad and Tobago, a small island nation off the coast of Venezuela that has become a breeding ground for ISIS. About 70 of the 100 Latin Americans who have joined ISIS originated from the island nation, which is about 1,600 miles southeast of Florida.

A major concern is Iran’s growing influence in Latin America, where some leaders have shown a willingness to work with a country that has a long history of hostile relations with the U.S.

The Trump administration should shift U.S. priorities in Latin America to strategies that preemptively disrupt the financial networks of Islamist’s, aid allied governments with legal and law enforcement support, and increase intelligence-gathering capabilities in the region.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has invested millions to construct mosques and cultural centers in South America and Central America that expand the reach of its rigid version of Islam, known as Wahhabism. Its highest profile accomplishment came when thenArgentine president Saul Menem, the son of Syrian Muslim immigrants, donated 8 acres of coveted land in high-priced Buenos Aires in 1995 for the construction of a $30 million, Saudi-funded mosque. The largest mosque of its kind in Latin America, it was dedicated in 2000.

The international spread of Saudi dogma, which the State Department’s first special representative to Muslim communities worldwide, Farah Pandith, called “insidious,” has laid the foundation for likeminded radicals to thrive in other areas of Latin America. The most notorious was Adnan el Skukrijumah, an Al Qaeda operative and Saudi citizen who appeared on the FBI’s Most Wanted List. He was raised for a time in Guyana, where his father allegedly operated a Saudi-funded mosque.

The Muslim Brotherhood ‒‒ a transnational Sunni Islamist movement ‒‒ has now also carved out a beachhead in Guyana, according to author and former Air Force Special Agent P. David Gaubatz. Terrorism expert Douglas Farah explained the Brotherhood’s ability to piggyback on the work of likeminded extremists, writing in 2007 that although the Sunni-Shia divide remains deep, “the differences on the ground appear to be overcome by tactical alliances, particularly in the movement of money and the procurement of services such as false identity papers.”

Farah says the international Muslim Brotherhood acts as the bridge for these traditionally irreconcilable divisions in Latin America, partly due to its significant number of corporate registries and extensive offshore banking. After September 11th, the U.S. Treasury Department closed down two of these financial institutions in Nassau, Bahamas, for funneling money and weapons to Al Qaeda. Those Brotherhood-affiliated banks were also known for funding and holding millions in reserve for Hamas ‒‒ the paramilitary, fundamentalist Palestinian political party and U.S.-designated terrorist organization in control of Gaza.

The threats to U.S. security in the Greater Caribbean region are even more alarming in Trinidad and Tobago. The small island nation off the coast of Venezuela, once the target of an overthrow by Islamic militants, has also become a breeding ground for ISIS — 70 of the 100 Latin Americans known to have joined ISIS originated from the small country. Suriname is another country of concern in the Greater Caribbean region.

Grantham told Fox News the report proves the threat from terrorism in the western hemisphere is not just from “lone wolf” radicalization or loosely affiliated jihadists tinkering on social media.

“Islamists are organized, well-funded and operating sophisticated operations against the United States only a few hundred miles south of our border,” he said.

The U.S. Southern Command, which is responsible for U.S. military activities in Central and South America and parts of the Caribbean, did not comment on the report but pointed to comments Navy Admiral Kurt Walter Tidd made at the University of Texas last week. Tidd said the country has to do more than stopping terrorists from heading to Latin America or preventing homegrown attacks in the hemisphere.

“We also have to do a better job addressing the conditions that allow those pathways to exist,” he said, “and those extremist messages to resonate in the first place.”

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