Wikileaks – U.S. government is deeply concerned that terrorist organizations are gaining a foothold in Latin America

The U.S. government is deeply concerned Iran and the Hezbollah terrorist organizations are gaining a foothold in Latin America, according to classified documents released by WikiLeaks and reviewed by WND.

Among the concerns is that Iranian-backed militants may attempt to infiltrate the U.S. or use Latin America as a staging ground for anti-American attacks, it has emerged.

Also, the U.S. caught Iran shipping explosives and attempting to ship unmanned aerial vehicles to Venezuela, the cables revealed.

“Washington analysts assess that Tehran is reaching out to Latin American countries in order to reduce its diplomatic isolation and increase ties to leftist countries in the region that Tehran perceives may share its anti-U.S. agenda,” read a cable from the State Department. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s office posed a number of questions for responses from “Iran watchers and the Iran Regional Presence Office.”

WND reported in May 2010 that hundreds of illegal aliens from countries known to support and sponsor terrorism were sneaking across the U.S.-Mexico border.

The report cited documentation of illegal aliens from Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Sudan and Yemen. Other illegals were from Armenia, Bosnia, Ghana, Jordan, Kenya, Morocco, Sudan, Uzbekistan, Botswana and Turkey.

Based on U.S. Border Patrol statistics, there were
30,147 [illegals other than Mexicans] apprehended in fiscal year 2003;
44, 614 in fiscal year 2004;
165,178 in fiscal year 2005; and
108,025 in fiscal year 2006.

Most were caught along the U.S. Southwest border.”

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