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What Led To Egyptian Attack That Killed Mexican Tourists?

Though the Egyptian military is still mum, new details are emerging in the deadly air strike in the Western Desert that mistook a group of Mexican tourists for Islamist terrorists.

In Egypt's Western Desert
In Egypt's Western Desert
Isabel Esterman

CAIRO — Confusion still reigns Tuesday over the details of a mistaken military airstrike on a convoy of Mexican tourists in the Western Desert of Egypt that killed at least 12 people, as official Egyptian sources largely remain silent and on-the-ground sources provide conflicting details as to what actually happened.

Egypt's Interior Ministry issued a statement early Monday morning admitting that an accidental attack on four cars in a restricted area killed 12 people and injured 10. The Interior Ministry has not issued any further statement since then, while the military has yet to issue one at all.

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Venezuela-Iran: Maduro And The Axios Of Chaos In The Americas

With the complicity of leftist rulers in Venezuela, Bolivia and even Argentina, Iran's sanction-ridden regime is spreading its tentacles in South America, and could even undermine democracies.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro visiting Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran, Iran on June 11. Venezuela is one of Iran's closest allies, and both are subject to tough U.S. sanctions.

Julio Borges

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CARACAS —The dangers posed by Venezuela's relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran is something we've warned about before. Though not new, the dangers have changed considerably in recent years.

They began under Venezuela's late leader, Hugo Chávez , when he decided to turn his back on the West and move closer to countries outside our geopolitical sphere. In 2005, Chávez and Iran's then president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, signed collaborative agreements in areas beyond the economy, with goals that included challenging the West and spreading Iran's presence in Latin America.

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