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Venezuela, Terrorists Hub?

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on July 23, 2010

Rep. Sue Myrick, a Republican from North Carolina, is worried that Iranian agents are slipping across the U.S.-Mexico border after receiving training in Venezuela. Myrick, the ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Intelligence Community Management, says Farsi tattoos are popping up in prisons in the United States, and she sees this as proof of Iranian influence.

Last month she asked the Department of Homeland Security to investigate. But the intelligence community doesn’t buy what critics call a confusing conspiracy theory. “We know Iran is trying to increase its presence in Venezuela and has regular flights there. However, the presence we have noted so far is only to increase Iran’s cultural influence in that country,” says one intelligence official. “We have seen no planning or activity that indicates Iranians are trying to get to the homeland via Latin and Central America to conduct operations.” DHS also says there’s no “credible evidence” of any terrorist groups operating along the border.

Colombia accused Venezuela of providing sanctuary to some 1,500 communist guerrillas who have set up “summer camps” along the border, where they allegedly rest and feast while planning kidnappings and attacks on Colombia. Soon after, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez broke diplomatic relations with Colombia.

The left-wing Venezuelan leader called the Colombian accusations a US-inspired “aggression” and said he was ordering “a maximum alert” on his country’s border with its Andean neighbor.

“We have no other choice but, out of dignity, to totally break our relations with our brother nation of Colombia,” Mr. Chavez said live on state television, as he hosted a visit by Argentine soccer idol Diego Maradona.

The diplomat said the four alleged camps in Venezuela are often visited by two top commanders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, Latin America’s largest guerrilla army. He presented videos and photos that allegedly showed guerrilla leaders roasting a pig and relaxing at headquarters inside Venezuela.

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