• Connect with us on Linkedin

Mexico Rejects US Congress Report on Hezbollah-Cartel Links

A Hezbollah rally in Lebanon in 2008 A Hezbollah rally in Lebanon in 2008

The Mexican government has disputed claims made in a recent US congressional report, which alleges that Hezbollah has a working relationship with organized criminal groups in Mexico.

Linkedin
Google +

On November 15, the House of Representatives' Committee on Homeland Security published a report on border security which warns of increasing ties between Mexican drug cartels and Lebanon-based party Hezbollah. The congressional report claims that this relationship means that the US/Mexico border poses "the greatest threat of terrorist infiltration into the United States,” suggesting that Hezbollah and other militant Islamic organizations could take advantage of cartel smuggling routes to carry out attacks on US soil.

The Mexican government has rejected this allegation. Ricardo Alday, a spokesman for the Mexican ambassador to the United States, told the Daily Caller that reports of collusion between Hezbollah and Mexican criminal groups were entirely false. “The Government of Mexico, as it has done in the past, reiterates that no such relationship or presence exists,” Alday said. The official pointed to the US State Department's most recent report on terrorism in Mexico, which states that there is "no evidence of ties between Mexican criminal organizations and terrorist groups, nor that the criminal organizations had political or territorial control, aside from seeking to protect and expand the impunity with which they conduct their criminal activity."

InSight Crime Analysis

The congressional report is the latest example of the over-hyping of the threat posed by Islamic militant activity in Latin America. The veracity of these claims is highly suspect. One of the most widely-cited examples of "proof" of a relationship between Mexican cartels and Islamic fundamentalists is the case of Iranian-American Manssor Arbabsiar, who was arrested in October 2011 and accused of seeking out a Zetas hitman to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States.

However, the evidence linking the cartel to the plot is extremely weak. As InSight Crime has pointed out, it is highly unlikely that drug trafficking organizations in Mexico would have any interest in facilitating acts of political violence in the United States. This would amount to a major threat to their continued operation, as it would likely attract unwanted attention from law enforcement over the border.

Linkedin
Google +

---

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We also encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, provided that it is attributed to InSight Crime in the byline, with a link to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

InSight Crime Search

The Complete Organized Crime Database on the Americas

InSight Crime Social

facebooktwittergooglelinkedin

InSight Crime Special Series

The Zetas in Nuevo Laredo

Los Zetas in Nuevo Laredo

After the capture of Zetas boss "Z40," Nuevo Laredo is bracing itself for the worst. This investigation breaks down what makes the city such an important trafficking corridor, and what it will take for the Zetas to maintain their grip on the city.

See entire series »

 

Uruguay's Marijuana Bill

Uruguay: Marijuana, Organized Crime and the Politics of Drugs

Uruguay is poised to become the first country on the planet to regulate the production, sale, and distribution of the drug.

See entire series »

El Salvador's Gang Truce

El Salvador's Gang Truce

The truce between El Salvador's two largest gangs -- the MS-13 and the Barrio 18 -- opens up new possibilities in how to deal with

See entire series »

Juarez After The War

Juarez After The War

As a bitter war between rival cartels grinds to an end, Ciudad Juarez has lost the title of world murder capital, and is moving towards something more like normality.

See entire series »

The Zetas And The Battle For Monterrey

The Zetas and the Battle for Monterrey

InSight Crime delves into the Zetas' battle for Mexico’s industrial capital, Monterrey, getting to the essence of a criminal gang that defies easy definition.

See entire series »

Slavery in Latin America

Slavery in Latin America

InSight Crime coordinated an investigation into modern slavery, looking at how Latin America’s criminal groups traffic human beings and force them to work as slaves.

See entire series »

FARC, Peace and Criminalization

FARC, Peace and Possible Criminalization

The possibility of ending nearly 50 years of civil conflict is being dangled before Colombia. While the vast majority of the Colombian public want to see peace, the enemies of the negotiations appear to be strong, and the risks inherent in the process are high.

See entire series »

Displacement in Latin America

Displacement in Latin America

InSight Crime coordinated an investigation into the new face of displacement in Latin America, where organized criminal groups are expanding and forcing people to flee.

See entire series »

Target: Migrants

Target: Migrants

The growth of organized crime in Mexico and Central America has led to an increase in violence and insecurity across the region, posing challenges to citizens, public security forces, and travelers.

See entire series »

Zetas in Guatemala

The Zetas in Guatemala

Mexico's Zetas have taken Guatemala by storm, and they are testing this country and the rest of the region: fail this test, and Central America sinks deeper into the abyss.

See entire series »

Most Read

El Salvador Gangs Teach Honduras Counterparts Secret Codes

El Salvador Gangs Teach Honduras Counterparts Secret Codes

Imprisoned gang leaders in Honduras are receiving instructions from their counterparts in El Salvador on how to transmit coded messages, reported El Heraldo, highlighting the collaboration between gangs in the two countries.

Read more

Internal Displacement in Brazil: An Inconvenient Truth?

Internal Displacement in Brazil: An Inconvenient Truth?

As Brazil works to project the image of a nation that is effectively addressing security challenges in its major cities, one important indicator -- internal displacement -- is being overlooked. 

Read more

El Salvador Investigates both Sets of Gang Truce Negotiators

El Salvador Investigates both Sets of Gang Truce Negotiators

El Salvador's attorney general has confirmed that his office is investigating the actions of both sets of negotiators in the country's gang truce, suggesting there will be no more semi-official attempts at mediation with gangs...

Read more

Latest Criminal Profile