Guatemala's Terrorist Designation of Hizballah Explained

President's Office: 'There has probably been some kind of undeclared presence but only as passage, like drugs, let's say.'

By Todd Bensman on December 8, 2020

In October, the government of Guatemala designated the Iranian-backed Shiite Muslim paramilitary group Hizballah, and all of its branches, as a terrorist organization. Guatemala's designation follows one by Honduras in January and three other Latin America nations — Argentina, Paraguay, and Colombia — in 2019. Guatemala's designation came after close coordination with the U.S. National Security Council as part of a broader effort to crack down on Hizballah money laundering and illicit finance operations. There is also a concern about an increasing Hizballah presence close to the U.S. border.

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