Latin America's Risk of an Iranian Proxy Attack

Latin America's Risk of an Iranian Proxy Attack
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While the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei pledged that any response by the revolutionary government of Iran to the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani would be direct, the threat of an indirect, proxy attack by Iran or forces loyal to it in Latin America hangs particularly heavily in some countries in the region.

Argentina was a victim of Hezbollah- and Iranian-backed attacks in 1992 and 1994, raising the specter that the countries south of the Rio Grande could be a soft target if Iran or its irregular proxies decide to seek revenge on U.S. targets or its allies. Nevertheless, despite recent much-hyped allegations from some corners regarding Iran’s expanding its nefarious influence in the Western Hemisphere, there has been little conclusive evidence that an actual strike could be imminent.

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