Latest Articles about Latin America

Radical Islam in Latin America

In the wake of the September 11 attacks, the possibility of al-Qaeda infiltrating Latin America became a priority for U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials. However, the most publicized incidents of radical Islamist activity in Latin America have not been linked to al-Qaeda but instead... MORE

Al-Qaeda’s Inroads into the Caribbean

Security threats emanating from the Caribbean Basin typically revolve around its position as a key trans-shipment point for South American narcotics to the United States and Europe, as well as illegal immigration, money laundering, and other forms of banking and document fraud. Indeed, organized criminal... MORE

UK Pressures Leading Jihadi Forum and Prominent Saudi Dissident

Fallout on the jihadi Internet forums from the London bombings continues. After the closure of the al-Qal'a forum (see Focus, Volume II, Issue 15) attention has moved to the prominent al-Tajdeed forum [] run by Saudi dissident Dr. Muhammad al-Massari. Participants to the forum noted... MORE

Securing the Northern Front: Canada and the War on Terror

This is the first in a two part series on Canada and the war on terror. Since September 11th, al-Qaeda terrorists have been consistently thwarted in their attempts to “take the battle inside America”. Despite some incidents involving mostly non-U.S. citizens, America’s security perimeter has... MORE

The Hunt for Shukrijumah

The confirmation by U.S. officials on October 5 that Adnan El-Shukrijumah, a high-ranking al-Qaeda leader, had attempted to obtain radioactive material for the production and smuggling of a ‘dirty bomb' into the United States, focused media attention on the ongoing pursuit of this al-Qaeda leader... MORE

Al-Qaeda’s Unlikely Allies in Central America

Recently there have been reported sightings of al-Qaeda operatives in Honduras. According to some observers, their alleged presence in that country conforms to their desire to secure land routes to the United States, through collaboration with Central American gangs. This report, compiled with the assistance... MORE

The U.S. Agricultural System: A Target for al-Qaeda?

Last December, the departing Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tommy Thompson, used his farewell address to highlight the vulnerability of the U.S. agricultural sector to a biological terrorist strike, remarking: "For the life of me, I cannot understand why the terrorists have not [targeted]... MORE