Iran tops U.S. state terror list


Iran is the most significant state sponsor of terrorism, according to a U.S. report.

“It will come as no surprise to hear that Iran remained the most significant state sponsor of terrorism,” Dell Dailey, the coordinator of the State Department’s Office for Counterterrorism, said Wednesday in releasing this year’s country reports on terrorism.

“Iran provides aid to Palestinian terrorist groups, Lebanese Hezbollah, Iraq-based militants and Taliban fighters in Afghanistan,” he said. “Despite its pledge to support the stabilization of Iraq, Iranian authorities continue to provide lethal support, including weapons, training, funding and guidance, to some Iraqi militant groups that target coalition and Iraqi security forces and Iraqi civilians. In this way, Iranian government forces have been responsible for attacks on coalition forces.”

Dailey also named Syria as a state sponsor of terrorism, noting its support for Hezbollah.

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