Iran remains the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, the Trump administration said Wednesday in an annual report that also highlighted another drop in terrorist attacks worldwide.
The State Department’s annual survey of global terrorism accused Iran of intensifying numerous conflicts and trying to undermine governments throughout the Middle East and beyond. Iran’s “terrorist affiliates and proxies,” the report said, “demonstrated a near-global terrorist reach.”
“We’ve seen Iranian weapons caches planted around the world. We’ve seen operational activity not just in Lebanon by Hezbollah, but by Iran-backed terrorists in the heart of Europe. Iran uses terrorism as a tool of its statecraft. It has no reservations about using that tool on any continent.” ~ Head of the State Department’s Counter-terrorism Bureau
The State Department released its annual Country Reports on Terrorism today. The report covers events during the previous calendar year. As in past assessments, State says that Iran “has allowed” al Qaeda to operate its key facilitation network on Iranian soil.
“Iran remained unwilling to bring to justice senior al Qaeda (AQ) members residing in Iran and has refused to publicly identify the members in its custody,” Country Reports on Terrorism 2017 reads.*
Moreover, “Iran has allowed AQ facilitators to operate a core facilitation pipeline through Iran since at least 2009, enabling AQ to move funds and fighters to South Asia and Syria.”
President Donald Trump has, at almost every turn, defied experts on Iran policy to take a very aggressive track against Tehran.
Despite this, Trump has yet to suffer a single tangible consequence, or any of the nightmare scenarios which former President Barack Obama warned against.
The US military in Syria has repeatedly and stiffly beaten back Iranian and Iranian-linked forces when challenged.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.