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Argentina Detains Terror Suspects Carrying Colombian Passports


Terror Suspects Colombian passport
Argentine Federal Police on January 3, 2024, showed police officers searching a room during the operation that “neutralized a possible terrorist cell.” – Credit: Argentine Federal Police / PFAOficial / Facebook

In a recent security operation in Argentina, authorities detained three individuals of Syrian and Lebanese origin, suspected of being part of a terrorist cell. This incident, occurring in late December, has raised concerns due to the suspects possessing Colombian passports, among others.

Details of the Arrests and Suspects’ Background

The arrests occurred amidst heightened security measures in Buenos Aires, coinciding with the Pan-American Maccabiah Games, a significant event in the Jewish community. The Argentine Ministry of Security revealed that one of the detainees was carrying passports from Venezuela and Colombia. The minister, Patricia Bullrich, emphasized the critical role of intelligence received from the United States and Israel, in addition to the expertise of local forces trained in counter-terrorism by Colombian officials. The suspects had rented accommodation near the Israeli embassy and were reportedly awaiting a package from Yemen, further intensifying suspicions.

International Repercussions and Venezuelan Connection

The apprehension of a Syrian national with a Venezuelan passport has sparked international attention. Julio Borges, a prominent Venezuelan opposition figure, expressed grave concerns over the issuance of the passport, linking it to Venezuela’s alleged connections with terrorist groups. This incident adds to the controversy surrounding a Venezuelan-Iranian cargo plane detained in Buenos Aires in 2022, suspected of ties to Iranian irregular groups. The plane, carrying automotive parts from Mexico, was held, and its crew temporarily detained, leading to diplomatic protests from Venezuela.

The operation in Argentina underscores the global challenge of combating terrorism and highlights the importance of international collaboration in intelligence and security. The involvement of multiple nationalities and the use of forged or multiple passports demonstrate the complex nature of modern terrorism and the need for vigilant and coordinated security efforts.

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