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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Michael A. Braun
Collaboration between Latin American drug cartels and groups such as Iran's Quds Force and the Islamic terror group Hezbollah is growing "far faster than most policymakers in Washington, D.C., choose to admit," a former U.S. intelligence official testified Tuesday.
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva is trying to repair damaged relations with the Kremlin after Moscow's foreign minister condemned the Thai government's decision to extradite Russian weapons dealer Viktor Bout from Bangkok to New York.
"Part of that operation involved the delivery of part of that money laundered to a DEA undercover operative, an agent that spoke fluent Arabic," he said. "The agent actually took a delivery of $20 million dollars in cash as part of that investigation."
The operation, he said, resulted in the discovery of a "very close associate and affiliate of Hezbollah" who apparently was responsible for getting cocaine shipments from Latin America to West Africa and "ultimately responsible for collecting massive amounts of bulk cash."