Posts Tagged ‘Mohsen Rabbani’

The 1994 Argentina Bombing Perpetrators: Where Are They Now?

| January 30th, 2014 | No Comments »
Foundation for Defense and Democracies

BY TOBY DERSHOWITZ

One year ago today, on January 27, 2013, Argentina announced a memorandum of understanding with Iran for a “truth commission” to investigate the 1994 Argentine Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) bombing that killed 85 — the most deadly terrorist attack on Argentine soil. It was effectively a reversal of Argentina’s support for the years of work conducted by special AMIA prosecutor Alberto Nisman.

The commission is widely viewed as a way for the two countries to increase cooperation– perhaps even on nuclear issues – while exonerating the officials implicated in the bombing.

Nisman’s exhaustive reports concluded that the attack was approved in a secret meeting on August 14, 1993 attended by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, President Ali Akbar Rafsanjani, Foreign Minister Ali Velayati, and Intelligence Minister Ali Fallahian. On March 15, 2007, Interpol issued red notices for these senior figures who have since risen through the ranks, including several on Rouhani’s watch in the first six months of his ... Read More

Book Review: ‘Hezbollah,’ by Matthew Levitt.

| October 9th, 2013 | No Comments »
Article originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal

BY MICHAEL J. TOTTEN

Until 9/11, no terrorist organization had killed more Americans than Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite group: From the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing, which killed 241 Marines, to the 1996 detonation of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, which killed 19 U.S. airmen, Hezbollah’s anti-American curriculum vitae was long and bloody. Today it remains an efficient global terror operation, having executed bombings on four continents, built a presence on six and even branched out to drug trafficking.

Despite this record, Hezbollah (the “Party of God” in Arabic) is still viewed in some quarters as little more than a parochial Lebanese political party with an armed wing charged solely with resisting an Israeli occupation that ended 13 years ago, on May 25, 2000. It’s this myth that Matthew Levitt explodes in “Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Party of God.” The author, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East ... Read More

How Iran Uses Terror Threats To Successfully Deter U.S. Military Action

| September 19th, 2013 | No Comments »
Tablet

BY LEE SMITH

President Barack Obama thinks that the deal with Russia over Syria’s chemical weapons was possible only because of his credible threat of force. The way he sees it, Iran’s gotten the message, too. As the president told George Stephanopoulos over the weekend, “My suspicion is that the Iranians recognize they shouldn’t draw a lesson that we haven’t struck [Syria], to think we won’t strike Iran.”

However, the essential feature of a credible threat of force is to have previously employed actual force against the adversary you’re threatening. Shortly before Obama announced he would seek congressional authorization for the use of military force against Syria, the White House briefed House and Senate staffers on the possible ramifications of U.S. action. Perhaps unintentionally, the briefings seemed only to have dampened congressional appetite for attacking Iran’s man in Damascus. “They showed them Iran retaliation scenarios,” a senior official at a Washington, D.C.-based pro-Israel organization ... Read More

Beware of Hez in NY: Old Warnings from Argentina

| July 18th, 2013 | No Comments »
New York Post

BY MATTHEW LEVITT

Next week, European leaders will meet to decide whether to designate the military wing of Iranian-backed Hezbollah a terrorist organization. Banning the group in Europe is long overdue, but the issue is only now on the agenda due to the Hezbollah bus bombing in Burgas, Bulgaria, a year ago today. Only after a successful Hezbollah strike on European soil has the issue of banning it in Europe — and only the group’s military wing, at that — risen to the attention of European lawmakers.

But today’s date was significant in the annals of Hezbollah long before last year’s attack in Bulgaria: Nineteen years ago today, Hezbollah operatives and Iranian agents blew up the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, killing 85 and injuring 150 others. It was Hezbollah’s second bombing in the city in less than two years. And it appears that Hezbollah operatives in New York City ... Read More

Terror Can Leak In Through America’s Borders

| July 16th, 2013 | No Comments »
Pundicity

BY ILAN BERMAN & NETANEL LEVITT

Late last month, the State Department submitted its long-awaited report to Congress on Iran’s activities in Latin America. That study, mandated as part of the Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act signed into law by President Obama last year, was designed to provide an in-depth look at Iran’s growing operations south of the U.S. border and to present a strategy to confront its growing influence.

But the report does little of the sort. Rather, it contends that, in the main, Iran’s activities in Latin America are nothing to worry about. According to the Washington Times, the study – which remains mostly classified – concludes that “Iran is not supporting active terrorist cells in the Western Hemisphere” and that the Iranian regime “has far less influence and activities” in the region than commonly believed.

This represents a dangerous misreading of Iran’s threat potential in the Americas. First, while it is ... Read More

Exploring Iran’s Terror Threat in Latin America

| July 15th, 2013 | No Comments »
Real Clear World-01

BY SEBASTIAN ROTELLA

Last year, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited his ally President Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, where the firebrand leaders unleashed defiant rhetoric at the United States.

There was a quieter aspect to Ahmadinejad’s visit in January 2012, according to Western intelligence officials. A senior officer in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) traveled secretly with the presidential delegation and met with Venezuelan military and security chiefs. His mission: to set up a joint intelligence program between Iranian and Venezuelan spy agencies, according to the Western officials.

At the secret meeting, Venezuelan spymasters agreed to provide systematic help to Iran with intelligence infrastructure such as arms, identification documents, bank accounts and pipelines for moving operatives and equipment between Iran and Latin America, according to Western intelligence officials. Although suffering from cancer, Chavez took interest in the secret talks as part of his energetic embrace of Iran, an intelligence official told ProPublica.

The senior IRGC officer’s meeting in ... Read More

Ilan Berman Testimony: Threat to the Homeland: Iran’s Extending Influence in the Western Hemisphere

| July 10th, 2013 | 1 Comment »
US House of Representatives

Chairman Duncan, Ranking Member Barber, distinguished members of the Subcommittee:

Thank you for inviting me to appear before you today to address the issue of Iran’s presence in the Western Hemisphere. I strongly believe that it represents an issue of high importance to the safety and security of the United States. Over the past two years, my organization, the American Foreign Policy Council, has extensively studied Iran’s presence and activities in Latin America. This has entailed three separate fact-finding missions to Central and South America to date, the most recent in May 2013. What follows are my observations and conclusions gleaned from those visits.

IRAN’S OBJECTIVES

To properly grasp the challenge posed by Iran’s activities in the Western Hemisphere, they need to be understood in proper geopolitical context: as part of a larger “peripheral strategy” on the part of the Iranian regime. To a significant degree, they are a response to growing diplomatic ... Read More

Argentina forges ties with Iran, terrorist networks in South America and U.S.

| June 25th, 2013 | No Comments »
Examiner

BY CHRISTOPHER COLLINS

The Center for Security Policy on Monday reported that Argentine President Cristina Kirchner has been building closer ties with the Iranian regime and that a 500-page report was compiled and released on the infiltration of Iranian terrorist groups in South America, Argentina, and the U.S.

The report on the Iranian terrorist network as compiled and released by the Argentinean federal prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, who is the lead investigator of the 1994 terrorist attack against the Jewish headquarters, the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) in Buenos Aires.

The bombing was Argentina’s deadliest bombing ever that killed 85 people and injuring hundreds more. Argentina was also the home to a Jewish community of 200,000, the largest in the region.

The Center for Security Policy Editor-in-Chief of The Americas Report, Nancy Menges and Editor Luis Fleischman stated that the alleged report detailed that Iran’s terrorist networks have a presence in several countries in South America and that Iran plans to establish intelligence bases in every country in order to ... Read More

Exporting Terror in America’s Backyard

| June 14th, 2013 | No Comments »
Foreign Policy

BY MATTHEW LEVITT

As Iran has been gearing up for its June 14 presidential election, the activities of its powerful intelligence services have also been kicking into high gear across the globe. The U.S. State Department’s annual terrorism report, released May 30, headlined the “marked resurgence” of Iran’s terrorist activities — and with good reason. “Iran and Hizballah’s terrorist activity has reached a tempo unseen since the 1990s, with attacks plotted in Southeast Asia, Europe, and Africa,” the report reads. And that’s before we even get to Iran and Hezbollah’s active support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s brutal crackdown against his own people.

But that’s not all. Closer to the United States, Iran not only continues to expand its presence and bilateral relationships with countries like Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, but it also maintains a network of intelligence agents specifically tasked with sponsoring and executing terrorist attacks in the Western Hemisphere.

The same day ... Read More

Uncovering Iran’s Latin Networks

| June 3rd, 2013 | No Comments »
Article originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal

BY MARY O’GRADY

To hear Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tell it, Iran is a peace-loving country that minds its own business and just tries to get by in a world that is inexplicably hostile. But an eight-year investigation by an Argentine prosecutor into the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires—where 85 people died—has led to a very different conclusion about Iran’s global agenda.

According to Alberto Nisman, who was assigned to the bombing case in 2005, Iran is sowing revolution all over the world, and Latin America is a key target. In a 500-page report released on May 29, Mr. Nisman outlines a sophisticated Iranian terrorism network that runs from the Caribbean to the Southern Cone.

Its targets are not limited to areas south of the Rio Grande. The foiled attempt to blow up New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport in 2007, Mr. Nisman contends, was an Iranian-planned operation that ... Read More

Press Release: 500-Page Indictment by AMIA Bombing Prosecutor Reveals Troubling Extent of Iran’s Infiltration into Latin America, Says Ros-Lehtinen

| May 31st, 2013 | No Comments »
US House of Representatives

Today U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee (MENA), commented on the recently published indictment by Alberto Nisman, Special Prosecutor for the 1994 attack on the Argentina Jewish Mutual Association (AMIA) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in which he accuses Iran of infiltrating several South American countries and seeking to foster terrorist attacks in the region. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“I’m deeply troubled by the findings by Alberto Nisman, whose 500-page indictment cites extensive evidence of Iran’s ‘intelligence and terrorist network’ in various Latin American nations. This report shows clearly that the 1994 AMIA bombing was not an isolated event, but rather that it was part of a larger and still ongoing scheme by the Iranian regime and its proxies to expand their influence in the Western Hemisphere and threaten U.S. security interests in the region.

“This indictment reaffirms the fact that Iran’s dual use of diplomatic ... Read More

Argentine prosecutor: Iran infiltrating continent

| May 30th, 2013 | No Comments »
The Miami Herald

BY ALMUDENA CALATRAVA

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – The Argentine prosecutor who charged a handful of former Iranian officials with masterminding the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center accused Iran on Wednesday of “infiltrating” South America and setting up intelligence networks to carry out more terrorist attacks in the region.

Alberto Nisman accused Mohsen Rabbani, Iran’s former cultural attache in Buenos Aires and a suspect in the attack that killed 85 people, of working continually over the last two decades to develop an intelligence network in Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Colombia, Guyana, Surinam and Trinidad and Tobago.

“These are sleeper cells. They have activities you wouldn’t imagine. Sometimes they die having never received the order to attack,” Nisman said as he presented a 500-page indictment.

He said Iran has sought “to infiltrate the countries of Latin America and install secret intelligence stations with the goal of committing, fomenting and fostering acts of international terrorism ... Read More

Nisman acusó a Irán de infiltrarse en la región para cometer actos terroristas

| May 29th, 2013 | No Comments »
Infobae

POR LAUREANO PEREZ IZQUIERDO

El fiscal de la causa AMIA denunció en el dictamen que el régimen iraní montó “estaciones de inteligencia” en países de Sudamérica para perpetrar atentados. En la presentación, pide a Interpol que intervenga.

En un extenso y durísimo dictamen presentado hoy ante el juzgado de Rodolfo Canicoba Corral, el fiscal General de la causa AMIA Alberto Nisman, acusó al régimen iraní de haber armado un red terrorista en Sudamérica tendiente a cometer atentados en diversos países de la región.

Según las pruebas con que cuenta Nisman, Irán infiltró agentes de inteligencia en Brasil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Colombia, Guyana, Trinidad y Tobago y Surinam, llamadas en la causa “estaciones de espionaje” que operarían en esos países bajo órdenes del gobierno iraní.

Siguiendo el dictamen al que tuvo acceso Infobae, el régimen buscaba “instalar allí -en los países antes nombrados- Estaciones de Inteligencia destinados a cometer, fomentar y patrocinar actos terroristas, en consonancia con sus postulados de exportación de la revolución“. Fuentes de la causa agregaron que también adjuntaron importante ... Read More

Two Iranian presidential candidates wanted for 1994 terrorist attack in Argentina

| May 23rd, 2013 | No Comments »
AEI

After the government of Argentine President Cristina Kirchner agreed in January to work with Iran to form a so-called “truth commission” to investigate the 1994 bombing of the Jewish community center (AMIA) in which eight Iranian officials are implicated, many wondered what these two countries were up to. Yesterday, it was revealed that two of the contenders to succeed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are persons named as suspects in the murderous AMIA attack. Apparently, the “truth commission” farce was part of a cynical campaign to launder the image of two accused terrorists running to be Iran’s next president. It remains to be seen whether Kirchner’s role in this scandalous exercise is due to stupidity or treachery.

It was made public yesterday that Mohsen Rezai and Ali Akbar Velayati were among eight men pre-selected by Iran’s Guardian Council as qualified candidates for the June 14 presidential election. Both are named by Argentine investigators as playing a ... Read More

TESTIMONIO DEL EMBAJADOR ROGER F. NORIEGA ANTE LA CAMARA DE REPRESENTANTES DE LOS ESTADOES UNIDOS SUBCOMITE SOBRE TERRORISMO, ANTI-PROLIFERACION Y COMERCIO COMITE DE ASUNTOS EXTERIORES

| March 20th, 2013 | No Comments »
US House of Representatives

TESTIMONIO DEL EMBAJADOR ROGER F. NORIEGA

ANTE LA CAMARA DE REPRESENTANTES DE LOS ESTADOES UNIDOS

SUBCOMITE SOBRE TERRORISMO, ANTI-PROLIFERACION Y COMERCIO

COMITE DE ASUNTOS EXTERIORES

20 de marzo 2013, Washington D.C.

Señor presidente del subcomité, lo felicito a usted y a los demás miembros del subcomité por centrar su atención en la amenaza global que representa Hezbolá, y le doy las gracias  por haberme invitado a compartir mis puntos de vista sobre la creciente presencia de esta organización en las américas que ha introducido una amenaza a nuestro vecindario.

Este fin de semana pasado marcó el 21 aniversario del bombardeo en 1992 de la Embajada de Israel en Buenos Aires que terminó  con la vida de 29 personas. Dos años mas tarde, un coche bomba destruyó un centro judío en corazón de la capital argentina, acabando con la vida de ... Read More

Noriega Full Testimony of Subcommittee Hearing ‘Hezbollah’s Strategic Shift: A Global Terrorist Threat’

| March 20th, 2013 | 6 Comments »
US House of Representatives

TESTIMONY OF AMB. ROGER F. NORIEGA BEFORE THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE ON TERRORISM, NON-PROLIFERATION AND TRADE

“Hezbollah’s Strategic Shift:  A Global Terrorist Threat”

1:30 PM, Wednesday, March 20, 2013

2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC

Mr. Chairman, I applaud you and other members of the Subcommittee for focusing attention on the global threat posed by the terrorist group Hezbollah and for inviting me to share my insights on that organization’s growing network in the Americas that carries this threat to our doorstep.

This past weekend marked the 21st anniversary of the 1992 bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, which murdered 29 people and injured about 250 others.  Two years after that attack, the Jewish Community Center in Argentina’s capital city was leveled by another car bomb, leaving 85 persons murdered and hundreds more wounded.  Mr. Chairman, this is Hezbollah’s despicable legacy in the Americas.  And that ... Read More

Noriega Testimony Opening Statement on Hezbollah in the Americas before House Terrorism Subcommittee

| March 20th, 2013 | No Comments »
US House of Representatives

TESTIMONY OF AMBASSADOR ROGER F. NORIEGA

BEFORE THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

SUBCOMMITTEE ON TERRORISM, NON-PROLIFERATION AND TRADE

COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS

March 20, 2013, Washington, DC

Mr. Chairman, I applaud you and other members of the Subcommittee for focusing attention on the global threat posed by Hezbollah, and I thank you for inviting me to share insights on that terrorist organization’s growing network in the Americas that carries this threat to our doorstep.

This past weekend marked the 21st anniversary of the 1992 bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, which murdered 29 people.  Two years later, a car bomb leveled the Jewish Community Center in the heart of Argentina’s capital, leaving 85 persons murdered.

Mr. Chairman, this is Hezbollah’s despicable legacy in the Americas.  And that terrorist group – along with its sponsor, Iran – has returned to the scene of the crime.

During the last decade, Hezbollah has extended its reach quickly and ... Read More

Argentina whitewashes Iranian terrorism: ‘What does it matter?’

| January 30th, 2013 | No Comments »
AEI

It is bad enough that the U.S. national security establishment is ignoring the Iran/Hezbollah threat in the Americas.  Now, Argentina’s president Christina Kirchner has made matters worse by agreeing to help Iran whitewash its terrorist legacy.  This week, her regime announced an accord with Tehran to form a joint “truth commission” to examine the deadly 1994 bombing of the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, the worst terrorist attack in the history of the continent.

Successive Argentine investigations have implicated Iranian officials – including then “cultural attaché” Mohsen Rabbani and current defense minister Ahmad Vahidi — in a car-bombing that leveled the five-story building killing nearly 90 people and injuring hundreds more.  (The bloody fingerprints of Iran and Hezbollah are all over a bombing of the Israeli embassy in the Argentine capital in 1992.)

Now, the Kirchner regime has agreed to work with Iran to jointly name a panel of experts from third countries to again sift through the evidence ... Read More

Justice Still Eludes Argentina’s Jews

| December 3rd, 2012 | No Comments »
Article originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal

BY MARY O’GRADY

Until more than 2,700 innocents were slaughtered at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, the worst terrorist attack in the Americas was the July 18, 1994, bombing of the Israel-Argentina Mutual Association (known by its Spanish initials as AMIA) in Buenos Aires. The blast from a van packed with explosives ripped through the five-story brick building that housed the Jewish community center and triggered its collapse. Eighty-five people were killed and more than 150 injured.

In the years that followed, the Argentine government showed little interest in bringing the perpetrators to justice, and the trail seemed to go cold. Then, in 2005, then-President Néstor Kirchner named Alberto Nisman as special prosecutor in the case and backed a new investigation.

In October 2006, Mr. Nisman indicted seven Iranians and one Lebanese-born member of Hezbollah for the mass murder. Interpol issued “red notices” for their arrest. But six years later ... Read More

A Line in the Sand: Assessing Dangerous Threats to Our Nation’s Borders

| November 16th, 2012 | No Comments »
AEI

Testimony of Ambassador Roger F. Noriega

Before the United States House of Representatives

Committee on Homeland Security

Subcommittee on Oversight

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Mr. Chairman, I applaud the Subcommittee for your continued efforts to study and expose the evolving threats to the U.S. homeland that are developing beyond our borders – including the menacing cooperation between narcotraffickers and the Islamic terrorist group Hezbollah in our hemisphere.

Mr. Chairman, there is a growing body of evidence that this narcoterrorist alliance in our neighborhood is aided and abetted by the governments of Venezuela and Iran – two regimes bound together by a relentless hostility against U.S. security and interests.

To put it bluntly, this is not just criminal activity – it is asymmetrical warfare.  How is it being waged?

 

Hezbollah conspires with drug-trafficking networks in Mexico and Central and South America as a means of raising funds, sharing tactics and “reaching ... Read More

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