TITLE

AL QAEDA: The Latin American Connection

AUTHOR(S)
Blanche, Ed
PUB. DATE
May 2003
SOURCE
Middle East;May2003, Issue 334, p28
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on increase in terrorism in Latin America. The lawless tri-border region between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay is under new scrutiny as a haven for Arab extremists. George W. Bush has sent U.S. Special Forces soldiers to the Philippines, Georgia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Horn of Africa and Colombia in his global war against terrorism. The next battlefield however, may well be a remote jungle region south of Colombia on the banks of the Parana River where the borders of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay meet. This strange region, where the governments of three countries seem incapable of imposing any sort of order, first came to international attention following terrorist bombings in Buenos Aires, the Argentine capital, in 1992 and 1994. Yet this outlaw region continues to exist, with little real effort by any of the governments in whose territory it resides, to curtail the illegal activities carried out there. The US State Department describes it as a "focal point for Islamic extremism in Latin America." The region has become a communications center for the militants. Brazilian police claim they have detected at least six clandestine radios operated by radical Islamists in and around the city of Foz do Iguazu in the Brazilian sector of the tri-border zone.
ACCESSION #
9811044

 

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