The under-researched and under-reported partnership between Middle East terror groups and Latin American drug cartels is fast developing. Iranian-backed Hezbollah is leveraging its growing global network to launder huge amounts of money, traffic weapons, and engage in a long list of illicit activities that are increasingly overlapping with the work of Latin American narcos.
In Episode 3 of FDD’s podcast Foreign Podicy, host Cliff May talks with Latin America expert, Emanuele Ottolenghi, to discuss how Hezbollah is using its global terror network to connect the gap between Latin American drug cartels and the international markets of the Far East, the Middle East and Europe. Ottolenghi investigates and breaks down the illicit tactics used by the groups, and what the US should be doing to combat the convergence of narco-trafficking and jihadi-terrorism.
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