Tijuana, Mexico is more than seedy streets, a bullring, taco vendors, pharmacies, prostitutes and tequila. In fact, it’s much more. ABC 10 News in San Diego reports the Shi’a Muslim terrorist group Hezbollah has a long established foothold in the city.
A former U.S. Intelligence agent told 10 News “Their operators are far more skilled [than al-Qaida] they are the equals of Russians, Chinese or Cubans. I consider Hezbollah much more dangerous in that sense because of strategic thinking; they think more long-term.”
Hezbolah has operated in South America for decades and then Central America, along with their sometime rival/ sometime ally Hamas. Now, the group is blending into Shi’a Muslim communities in Mexico, including Tijuana. Other pockets along the U.S.-Mexico border region remain largely unidentified as U.S.intelligence agencies are focused on the drug trade.
According to the agent, the organization sees the U.S. as their “cash cow,” with illegal drug and immigration operations. Many senior Hezbollah leaders are wealthy businessmen. The group receives cartel cash and protection in exchange for Hezbollah expertise. “From money laundering to firearms training and explosives training,” the agent told News 10.
“The money they are sending back to Lebanon is too important right now to jeopardize those operations,” he said. The real concern is the group’s long-term goal of radicalizing Muslim communities. “They’re focusing on developing — infiltrating communities within North America,” according to the agent.
Read the complete report here. This is too important to overlook.
As far back as October 2001, WorldNetDaily reported in an article titled Arab terrorists crossing border, that there has been a “tremendous increase in OTM’s (law enforcement’s term for ‘Other Than Mexicans’). Illegals from the former Soviet Union, Asia, and the Middle East are joining the flood of Mexicans, Central and South Americans — all slipping in through our incredibly accessible and porous South border. Apprehensions have included illegals from the Sudan, Iraq, and even Iran.”
Note that the 2001 article by J. Zane Walley was datelined Cochise County, Arizona.
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