The latest annual Country Reports on Terrorism, released by the United States Department of State on Friday, November 1, 2019, has highlighted the Iranian regime’s support for terrorist groups around the world.
The report states unequivocally that “Iran remains the world’s worst state sponsor of terrorism,” and that the “regime has spent nearly one billion dollars per year to support terrorist groups that serve as its proxies and expand its malign influence across the globe.”
“Tehran has funded international terrorist groups such as Hizballah, Hamas, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad,” the report states.
“Furthermore, Tehran continued to allow an AQ facilitation network to operate in Iran, which sends fighters and money to conflict zones in Afghanistan and Syria, and it has extended sanctuary to AQ members residing in the country.”
“Iran used the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) to provide support to terrorist organizations, provide cover for associated covert operations, and create instability in the region. Iran has acknowledged the involvement of the IRGC-QF in the Iraq and Syria conflicts, and the IRGC-QF is Iran’s primary mechanism for cultivating and supporting terrorists abroad. Iran also uses regional proxy forces to provide sufficient deniability to try to shield it from the consequences of its aggressive policies.”