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Latin America’s Role in Arming Iran

It has been nearly five years since Colombian Special Forces detained Walid Makled Garcia. After extraditing the drug kingpin to his home country of Venezuela, a judge finally ruled on his fate last month. The narcotrafficker was sentenced to 14 years in prison for drug running and financing the guerrilla group known as the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC). Within twenty-four hours of the sentence, President Nicolas Maduro had the ruling judge arrested for being too lenient.

Colombia’s President, Juan Manuel Santos, had initially informed the United States in 2009 that Walid Makled had been apprehended; however, the US government did not see a need to extradite the criminal. According to President Santos, the United States did not believe he was a person of interest. How wrong the administration was.

Reports from former confidants of Hugo Chavez are confirming that the Venezuelan regime had indeed been involved in brokering deals between Iran and Argentina. Walid Makled had professed his willingness to assist American intelligence in exposing the Venezuelan government’s support of drug cartels, terrorist organizations, and various hostile nations – primarily that of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

In 2007, President Chavez was a key figure in establishing payments to then-presidential candidate Christina Kirchner’s campaign from the Iranian regime. In return, the Iranians would receive nuclear know how from the Argentine defense minister.

According to the ex-Chavista informants, during a meeting between the Iranian and Venezuelan heads of state, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told Hugo Chavez:

This is a matter of life or death. I need you to be an intermediary with Argentina to get help for my country’s nuclear program. We need Argentina to share its nuclear technology with us. It will be impossible to advance with our program without Argentina’s cooperation.

 

It has been reported that the current Argentine Ambassador to the Organization of American States and former leftist militant, Nilda Garre, served as the lead negotiator between the Iranian and Argentine defense departments.

The informants have stated they never witnessed the direct exchange of nuclear technology. However, upon further examination, the heavy water reactor located outside Arak in Iran and Atucha in Argentina share many structural and technological similarities. Coincidentally, the reactor in Arak was finished following the proposed deal between the two nations.

In addition to covert deals between Iran and Argentina, news broke that Iran has been sending financial aid overtly to Muslim organizations in order to influence Argentine society. Yussef Khalil, a person of interest in the murder of Alberto Nisman, declared that Mohsen Rabbani, the mastermind behind the 1994 AMIA bombing in Buenos Aires, has been sending money to Argentina in order to continue spreading Iranian Shia Islam– as well as the Islamic revolutionary ideology.

One can only imagine how different events in the Middle East could have been had the transfer of nuclear technology between Argentina and Iran been stopped. The United States should have acted on the opportunity to question Walid Makled Garcia.

The information Walid Makled had at the time could have prevented the Iranian regime from developing their current nuclear technology. Now the world waits for the details of a nuclear deal that will inevitably lead to Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Family Affair

Mohsen Rabbani, the indicted mastermind behind 1994 AMIA bombing in Buenos Aires, continues exporting radical Islam from his safe haven in Iran. Over the past weeks, links between Mohsen Rabbani and the Argentine Government have come to light; however there exists a surprisingly unreported relationship between Rabbani and Alberto Nisman’s unresolved murder.

Operating free from Interpol prosecution, Rabbani acts as the spiritual leader of the Oriental Thought Culture Institute located in the Iranian city of Qom. Here he brings Latin American Muslims to indoctrinate them in the Iranian revolutionary branch of Islam, before returning them home to their respective countries in order to spread the ideology. So follows the story of Sheikh Abdul Karim Paz.

The question now is: Who is Sheikh Abdul Karim Paz?

There is very little written about Sheikh Abdul Karim Paz (AKP); however, what is known only leads to more questions. Born into an aristocratic family in Argentina, he converted from Catholicism to Islam in search of a “deeper spiritual connection”. Following his conversion, he was one of a select few chosen to study for five years at the Oriental Thought Culture Institute, Mohsen Rabbani’s facility. Studying along side the likes of Edgardo Ruben “Suhail” Assad, an Argentine Holocaust denier, he became Mohsen Rabbani’s appointed protégé for Latin America.

After his religious indoctrination in Qom, AKP returned to Buenos Aires in 1993 where he succeed Rabbani as the imam for the At-Tahuid mosque. He then briefly moved to Santiago Chile, where he set up the Centro Chileno Islamico de Cultura de Puerto Montt. AKP has since returned to continue his work as the director at the At-Tahuid mosque.

Coincidentally, this mosque is the same location that Alejandro “Yussef” Khalil, the Iranian agent with close ties to the current Argentine government, worked and prayed. In addition to those duties, AKP serves as a representative for the Organización Islámica Argentina, an outwardly pro-Iranian organization. Second only to Mohsen Rabbani’s brother Mohammad Baquer Rabbani Razavi, leader of the largest Islamic recruiting hub in Brazil, AKP has since become one of the most influential Islamic leaders in Latin America. However, most significant of all this information rests in importance of his birth name: Santiago Ricardo Paz Zuberbühler Bullrich.

Historically in Argentina, “Bullrich” is an aristocratic last name. Currently, two individuals who share this surname hold positions in the Argentine government. Esteban Bullrich is the Minister of Education for the capital city of Buenos Aires. Patricia Bullrich, who was once a member of the guerilla movement the Montoneros, is currently head of the Union Para Todos party in congress, and presides over the Criminal Law Committee. It has been reported, and confirmed through ancestry databases, that Sheikh Abdul Karim Paz is a not so distant cousin of both Esteban and Patricia Bullrich. This relationship would not be so worrisome were it not for the fact that Patricia Bullrich was supposed to receive the late Alberto Nisman’s testimony to the Criminal Law Committee. Nisman was going to confirm President Cristina Kirchner’s attempt to hide Iranian involvement in the 1994 AMIA bombings in Buenos Aires, as well as the pardoning of AKP’s mentor: Mohsen Rabbani.

In Patricia Bullrich’s defense, she has been outspoken in attempting to find the culprit; unfortunately, she has defended the Kirchner administration from any wrong doings. Could all of this be coincidence, of course. However, the history of Iranian involvement in Latin American, paired with the aforementioned information only raises more questions that will eventually need to be answered.

Teaching Terror: Tehran’s Changing Latin America Strategy

In 1992, a pickup truck loaded with explosives detonated after slamming into the Israeli embassy in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires. Two years later, a van filled with an ammonia nitrate fertilizer and fuel mixture exploded near the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina- AMIA) building, collapsing the entire structure. Both the western world and the intelligence community held Hezbollah and Iran responsible for the 114 men, women, and children who lost their lives in the deadliest terror bombings in Latin American history.

Following the initial investigation, it became evident that Mohsen Rabbani, the cultural attaché for the Iranian embassy in Buenos Aires, was the mastermind behind these attacks. In 2007, Interpol officially labeled Rabbani as the planner and placed his name under the Red Notice category for immediate location and arrest. After his escape from Buenos Aires, Rabbani continued Iran’s war against the west in a more subtle way. By hiding in plain sight as the director of the Oriental Thought Culture Institute located in the Iranian city of Qom, Rabbani has become a greater threat to the western hemisphere’s security than he was before.

Mohsen Rabbani’s strategy has shifted from building terror networks while living in Latin America, to importing and radicalizing Latin American students in Iran. In the Brazilian city of Curitiba, near the country’s southern border with Argentina and Paraguay, Rabbani’s brother acts as the lead recruiter for the Oriental Thought Culture Institute. Young men from around the continent who show interest in Islam are given the opportunity to travel to Iran, all expenses paid for by the Iranian government, in order to learn more about Islam and Iranian culture. However, some ex-students claim a more malicious purpose, declaring that they visited Hezbollah controlled areas; sparking fears that the program is intended to train future terrorists. Following their indoctrination, the students are returned home to their respective countries in order to spread Iranian influence to a continent that has grown weary of American intervention.

Iran’s strategy of introducing radical anti-western converts in Latin America should not only be seen as a major concern to their native countries, but also the entire western world. Growing anti-American sentiments combined with Iran’s exportation of their revolution ideology is a recipe for instability on the continent. Should this problem not be addressed, Latin American Jihadis will pose a grave threat to any country that Tehran deems a menace to their objectives.