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Expert: Venezuela Aiding ‘Clandestine Jihadist Network’ Tied to Hezbollah

WASHINGTON, DC — Socialist Venezuela is quietly fueling the proliferation of an expanding “clandestine jihadist network,” consisting of tens of thousands of Hezbollah affiliated Syrians, Lebanese, and Iraqis, allowing them to establish a stronghold in the South American region from where they can potentially infiltrate the U.S., warns an expert.

A Lebanese Shiite woman, holding a picture of Hassan Nasrallah, the Secretary General of Hezbollah, walks in front of a poster showing Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez and a slogan that reads: "Gracias Chavez" 21 September 2006 at the southern suburb of Beirut. Chavez stunned the UN General Assembly with a …