Venezuela’s associations with terror states, Iran’s meddling in Iraq and the resurgence of al Qaeda in Afghanistan top the concerns in a new State Department report on terrorism threats in countries around the world.
enezuelan President Hugo Chavez is not cooperating with U.S. anti-terror efforts and has “deepened Venezuelan relationships with state sponsors of terrorism Iran and Cuba,” the annual report says.
The report notes Chavez’s “ideological sympathy” for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and the Colombian-based National Liberation Army, which “regularly crossed into Venezuelan territory to rest and regroup.”
It’s more than just “ideological sympathy”, it’s $300 million, too.
While the report says it “remained unclear to what extent the Venezuelan government provided support to Colombian terrorist organizations,” it notes that Venezuelan weapons stocks have turned up in the hands of Colombian terrorist organizations.
It also notes that Iran and Venezuela began weekly flights between their capitals, and the passengers were not subject to proper checks. Among the passengers was a suspect in the plot to bomb New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Allow me to point out that the flights make stops in Syria, with which Chavez claimed to be “strongly united against the imperialistic aggression and hegemonic pretensions of the U.S. empire” a couple of years ago
But back to the report:
“Venezuelan citizenship, identity, and travel documents remained easy to obtain, making Venezuela a potentially attractive way station for terrorists,” the report says.
Among the many joint projects, a natural gas cartel.