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Iranian Couple Arrested In Argentina Bearing Fake Israeli Passports

Last weekend, an Iranian couple was arrested in Buenos Aires after it was discovered that the Iranians had illegally entered Argentina using fake Israeli reports. Israel's ynetnews reports:

An Iranian couple who arrived in Argentina from Spain was arrested Saturday after it was revealed the two used fake Israeli passports in order to enter the country. ...

The two — 27 year-old Sajjad Naserani and 30 year old Mahsoreh Sabzali, presented themselves as Netanel and Rivka Toledano, but used poorly faked Israeli passports with blunt spelling mistakes. Border control officers discovered the passports were stolen, but sent the two on their way and notified authorities.

Argentinean officials said the name Toledano raised the authorities’ suspicion, since during the 1990’s, an Israeli diplomat named Toledano worked in the Buenos Aires Israeli embassy.

The Argentinean Interior Ministry updated authorities in Jerusalem, who quickly discovered the passports were stolen from an Israeli couple — Brigitte and David Asulin — and that both photos and fingerprints of the couple don’t match the original passport owners.

The couple was arrested in their hotel room in Buenos Aires, and is questioned by the counterterrorist unit. The man claimed he was a photographer, while the woman said she was an engineer and an architect, and the two said they escaped Iran through Turkey, Greece and then Spain — where they got the fake passports.

Investigations revealed the couple changed hotels three times in three days and used pseudonyms before they were seized. They also made an 85-seconds -long phone call from one of their cell phones, and authorities are still trying to determine who they talked to. Since the two speak no Spanish, it’s likely they called a Farsi speaker, perhaps a member of the Iranian community in Argentina.

The arrest comes only four months shy of the 25th anniversary of the AMIA bombing, during which Iran's terrorist mullocracy government — along with its Lebanese Shiite supremacist jihadist proxy group, Hezbollah — orchestrated and executed a bombing of a prominent Jewish building in Buenos Aires. Eighty-five people died in what is still, to date, the deadliest terrorist attack in Argentinian history.

It is unknown what, if any, connection the two Iranians arrested may have had to the impending 25th anniversary of the AMIA bombing.

Iran has long had an extensive network of jihad exportation throughout the Western Hemisphere. As I opined in January, in the context of the ongoing struggle in Venezuela, not only does Hezbollah have a robust drug trafficking-centric network all throughout Latin America, but Tehran has also long had extensive ties with the Hezbollah-harboring socialist regime in Caracas:

In perhaps the most damning piece of investigative journalism ever produced about the extent to which pro-Tehran sycophancy corrupted the Obama administration's menagerie of foreign policy jackals, Politico in December 2017 wrote about the sordid history of Iranian-backed Shiite terror group Hezbollah's presence in the West. Politico described the intelligence community's underlying "Operation Cassandra," which was railroaded by Obama's Iran "echo chamber" in the myopic pursuit of appeasing at all costs the jihad-exporting mullocracy: Operation Cassandra was "launched in 2008 after the Drug Enforcement Administration amassed evidence that Hezbollah had transformed itself from a Middle East-focused military and political organization into an international crime syndicate that some investigators believed was collecting $1 billion a year from drug and weapons trafficking, money laundering and other criminal activities." ...

Longtime Venezuelan socialist leader Hugo Chavez had famously warm ties with the terrorist Iranian regime, and warm bilateral relations have continued between the two OPEC states in the era of leaders Nicolás Maduro and Hassan Rouhani. Which is to say that, not only did Venezuela under Maduro become an economically collapsed state (but don't tell Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez!) with an estimated 1,000,000% inflation rate in 2018, but it was also a state fully in bed with the world's absolute worst of all geopolitical actors. Caracas and Tehran first implemented a direct flight in 2007, and personal travel and economic exchange between the two nations are quite strong.

 
 
 

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