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Fresh foreign leads in the FBI’s anthrax investigation point to the involvement of one or more German or Austrian biological or chemical researchers with pro-Nazi leanings – part of a complicated South American web linked to the Hezbollah and fugitive Nazi communities, some of whom are also connected to Iraqi military intelligence, say intelligence sources of DEBKA-Net-Weekly.
One or more researchers are thought to have entered the United States and found jobs with American industrial laboratories or research institutes, setting up clandestine private biological warfare labs in their spare time, the report says.
Last month, a group of 10 terrorists was caught in Mexico City on its way to assassinate Mexican President Vicente Fox and carry out a mass strike in the Mexican Senate. They were found by U.S. and Mexican investigators to be a Lebanese Hezbollah gang, preparing to celebrate the first month’s anniversary of their ally’s “feats” in New York and Washington by hitting one of America’s foremost allies on the continent.
The terrorists reached Mexico from the Brazil-Uruguay-Paraguay triangle, fresh from training at the hands of German neo-Nazis. They could not say if their instructors were linked to Arab or Islamic intelligence agencies, but a description of one of those instructors rang a bell – he sounded like one of the suspects long sought in connection with the Hezbollah bombings of the Israeli Embassy and Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires in 1993 and 1994.
Imad Mugniyeh, the notorious hostage-taker and bomber of Beirut in the 1980s, is now believed to have masterminded those strikes. Currently a senior commander of al-Qaida, Mughniyeh is thought to have developed neo-Nazi contacts in Latin America through local Lebanese expatriate businessmen. Various agencies, including the FBI, are now probing his possible complicity in the bioterror attack on America, in view of the evidence of his involvement in the Sept. 11 atrocities in New York and Washington and his links to neo-Nazi elements in South America.
At the same time, Iraqi military intelligence is also known to be very active in Latin America throughout the Arab and Nazi expatriate communities.