A Terror Threat From The South

As the U.S. looks beyond Afghanistan for its next target in the war on terror, one part of the world that has received relatively scant attention is South America. But U.S. intelligence agencies are becoming increasingly worried about a nest of terrorists, drug traffickers and organized-crime figures who have taken up residence in South America's tri-border area, where Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay meet. "It's like the Wild West there," says a Pentagon official. "Crime, religious extremism and politics are all linked under the table." For several years the CIA has had a team of agents monitoring terrorists from Hizballah, Hamas and,...

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