Apr. 20, 2018
- State Sponsors of Terrorism: An Examination of Iran’s Global Terrorism Network – Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi
Since its establishment, the Islamic Republic of Iran has viewed Latin America as a fertile ground for the export of its revolution. Tehran wants the Western Hemisphere to become a hotbed of anti-Americanism and a forward operating base for Iran. To this end, over nearly four decades, Tehran has built a network of mosques and cultural centers across the region. It aggressively expanded its base of supporters and sympathizers by dispatching itinerant preachers, who have successfully converted and radicalized thousands of Latin Americans to Iran’s version of Shi’a Islam.
Iran has also helped Hizbullah establish itself as the dominant force among expatriate Shi’a Lebanese communities in the region. From testimony before the House Homeland Security Committee on April 17, 2018. (Foundation for Defense of Democracies)