State Department: Iran Most Active State Sponsor Of Terrorism

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    State Department: Iran the 'most active state sponsor of terrorism'

    By Thomas JoscelynAugust 19, 2011


    On Thursday, the US State Department released its annual Country Reports on Terrorism, which provides an overview of terrorism for the previous calendar year.

    Iran "remained the most active state sponsor of terrorism in 2010," the State Department reported. "Iran's financial, material, and logistic support for terrorist and militant groups throughout the Middle East and Central Asia had a direct impact on international efforts to promote peace, threatened economic stability in the Gulf, and undermined the growth of democracy."

    As in past reports, the State Department highlighted Iran's assistance to its onetime foe, the Taliban.

    The State Department noted: "Iran's Qods Force provided training to the Taliban in Afghanistan on small unit tactics, small arms, explosives, and indirect fire weapons, such as mortars, artillery, and rockets."

    "Since at least 2006," the report continues, "Iran has arranged arms shipments to select Taliban members, including small arms and associated ammunition, rocket propelled grenades, mortar rounds, 107mm rockets, and plastic explosives. Iran has shipped a large number of weapons to Kandahar, Afghanistan aiming to increase its influence in the country."

    Although the State Department says this assistance has been ongoing since "at least 2006," multiple reports confirm that it started much earlier.


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