The report points out that an Argentine federal prosecutor has accused President Cristina Fernandez of helping to cover up evidence of Iranian involvement in the incident. Intercepted telephone communications suggest that Fernandez embarked on this project beginning in 2011 when Argentina sought to reestablish full trading relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Critics of Tehran fear that as long as cooperation with that regime continues to be motivated by desires for Iranian oil or regional investment opportunities, Iranian influence will only grow, while the regime’s policies remain as confrontational and sectarian as ever. New evidence of the extent of that influence is accumulating on a near daily basis, and a report in Ya Libnan on Wednesday reported that former Shiite militia leader Jamal Jaafar had confirmed in a press conference that over the past year there has been a fairly constant stream of cargo planes delivering Iranian weapons to sectarian forces in Iraq.

Ya Libnan quotes an anonymous Iraqi government official as saying that “those militias have now been more or less integrated into Iraq’s official security apparatus,” and that this is the “biggest gift” provided to Tehran by the Shiite theocracy’s Sunni opponents, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.