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State Department report finds Iran is top state sponsor of terror

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  1. BLACKEAGLE

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    State Department report finds Iran is top state sponsor of terror
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    By Ryan Browne, CNN

    Updated 0058 GMT (0858 HKT) June 3, 2016

    Washington (CNN)The State Department on Thursday released its annual report on global terrorist activity, listing Iran as the top state sponsor of terrorism and labeling ISIS "the greatest threat globally."

    The report also includes statistics on terrorist activity worldwide, and said 11,774 terrorist attacks in 92 countries occurred in 2015.

    The department's acting coordinator for counterterrorism, Justin Siberell, briefed reporters Thursday on the report's content, saying the document was used to assess the effectiveness of the effort to combat terrorism and to determine where to best place resources.

    On Iran, the report said that country "remained the foremost state sponsor of terrorism in 2015, providing a range of support, including financial, training, and equipment, to groups around the world."
    The report also said that Iran was continuing to provide arms and cash to terrorist groups like Hezbollah and Iraqi Shia terrorist groups, including Kata'ib Hizballah (KH). Both groups are designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations in the report.

    Iran is one of three listed state sponsors of terrorism, the others being Syria and Sudan. Cuba was removed from the list last year.

    Siberell added that the department was "concerned about a wide range of Iranian activities to destabilize the region."

    Iran's designation and continued sponsoring of terrorism is bound to fuel criticism of the Iran nuclear deal. Critics of the deal have charged that the removal of economic sanctions would allow Iran to increase its support of terror groups.

    During an interview in Davos, Switzerland, Secretary of State John Kerry admitted in January that some of the money made available to Iran by the removal of sanctions would "end up in the hands of the IRGC or other entities, some of which are labeled terrorists," referring to Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps.
    The report also described the global terrorist threat in 2015 as "increasingly decentralized and diffuse," noting that ISIS once again was "the greatest threat globally."

    It included a statistical annex prepared by the University of Maryland, which said that worldwide there were 11,774 terrorist attacks in 92 countries in 2015 which resulted in more than 28,300 total deaths.
    The report noted that the total number of terrorist attacks in 2015 decreased by 13% when compared to 2014.

    Siberell said, "This represents the first decline in total terrorist attacks and resulting fatalities worldwide since 2012."

    However, he added that terrorist activity had increased in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Syria and Turkey in 2015.

    While the State Department lists the Middle East and North Africa as the "primary theater for terrorist activity," it also highlights the terrorist threat posed to Europe "from foreign terrorist fighters who returned home to Europe to plot and carry out attacks."

    The report says that in 2015, ISIS and al Qaeda "increased their focus on staging mass-casualty attacks," noting attacks in Paris, Lebanon and Turkey.

    The State Department recently issued a travel alert to U.S. citizens considering traveling to Europe, warning about the risk of potential terrorist attacks throughout the continent ahead of the busy summer travel season.

    The report notes that Sub-Saharan Africa also "experienced significant levels of terrorist activity" from groups like Boko Haram in West Africa and Somalia-based al-Shabaab in east Africa.

    Overall, the report lists 13 "terrorist safe havens" around the world where "terrorists are able to organize, plan, raise funds, communicate, recruit, train, transit and operate." These safehavens include remote areas in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and South America.

    The report lists 58 "Foreign Terrorist Organizations," including ISIS, al Qaeda and various affiliates and branches of those two organizations.
    http://edition.cnn.com/2016/06/02/politics/state-department-report-terrorism/
     
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    Actually we take being labeled as "top state sponsor of terror" by American as a compliment .... who cares what Americans think or say ....
    By the way John Kerry the secretary of state that has made comments about Iran is a war criminal the Q is how on earth he could talk about Iran activities in his own region and labels them as terrorists activities .. these guys have forgotten that they created Jihadists and funded them and armed them ....
     
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    I have a question, which terrorist group Cuba supported till last year that they stopped supporting ?:crazy:
     
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    Colonial Superpower trying to build momentum for another war, another painful time for innocents around the world. Arrogant and conceited America is the champion of conditioning their people for constant never-ending war and now the scapegoat appears to be Iran. No surprise here for its the only country to have resisted US and refused to let it's land become a colony by having no US bases or troops in it. This infuriates the Americans who treat the world as their colony. Any country standing up to the great Satan deserves love and respect. Love for Iran from Pakistan. Respect.
     
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    both USA and iran are not saints :angel:
     
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    Almost every country involved uses proxies. Why single out Iran the most?
     
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    Primarily because there is big gain for Western business/investors in Iran, if they were able to make inroads into Iranian economy and society, and essentially monopolize it pretty well, while the locals will get the minimum out of the gains. As well as Iran's decreased, but nevertheless area of influence in the Palestinian arena.
     
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    Sanctions relief wont last very long..just wait for obama to be out of office.
     
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    This guys is desperate with Iran it seems, 99% of posts are to do with Iran. Even if Iran was a top state sponsor of terror, that is still a higher position than being an irrelevant puppet state named after a shoe brand. :lol:



    Lets hope your soodi masters have not gone bankrupt by then.
     
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    How many countries has Iran invaded over the last 40 years?

    And how many has America?

    There is not even a close comparison. And what the Zionist owned government of the US calls terrorism isn't what the rest of us call terrorism. Supporting the Palestinians against their oppressors is something I thank them for.
     
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    Tell us something new!
     
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    why only 40 year , let try last 200 years.
     
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    Iran used to be seen as the champions of the oppressed but Iran has squandered that reputation in Syria. In Syria Iran fights for an oppressor. So, this friction between the US and Iran is more like a fight between two evils.
     
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    Why they just found out that iran supporting terrorists? Is not iran already on terrorist list??
     
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    You see, after it became clear that Russia doesn't care whether Israel bombs Hezbollah leaders in Damascus or the Alawite scums in their rat holes as long as Russian bases in Syria are well entrenched, now uncle sam with the blessings of Netanyahu can focus on Iranian targets without fearing a reprisal from the Ivans. So much for the Russian protection against Israel, it's a great deception on the part of uncle Ivan.