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[Ilan. VP of the American Foreign Policy Council. “Iran on our back porch: Column” USA Today 6/5/13 ln] the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israel Mutual Association (AMIA) in Buenos Aires. The 502page report pins the blame for the attack which killed 85 and wounded hundreds more in what experts call Latin America's 9/11 squarely on the Islamic Republic of Iran. In doing so, it provides a timely reminder that Iran's radical regime is active in the Western Hemisphere and that its presence here is far broader than is commonly understood.¶ Just how much is still a matter of considerable debate. Iran's activities in the Americas have exploded over the past eight years, propelled in large part by the warm personal ties between outgoing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and recentlydeceased Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez. Using Venezuela as a gateway into the region, Tehran succeeded in forging strategic partnerships with likeminded governments in Bolivia...
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