Kurdpa: According to US State Department’s 2014 report on terrorism, Iran’s state sponsorship of terrorism worldwide remained undiminished through the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force, and its Ministry of Intelligence and Security.
The Islamic Republic of Iran has remained a State Sponsor of Terrorism in 2014. The regime has increased its efforts to finance and carry out terrorist activities across the world and remains a top nuclear proliferation threat, according to a new State Department assessment.
Iran is funding and arming leading terrorist groups in the Middle East and elsewhere, according to the State Department’s 2014 Country Reports on Terrorism. “Iran continued its terrorist-related activity in 2014, including support for Palestinian terrorist groups in Gaza, Lebanese Hizballah, and various 284 groups in Iraq and throughout the Middle East,” the report said.
Despite the rhetoric of the new moderate President, “In 2014, Iran’s state sponsorship of terrorism worldwide remained undiminished through the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF), its Ministry of Intelligence and Security, and Tehran’s ally Hizballah, which remained a significant threat to the stability of Lebanon and the broader region,” its continued.
IRGC’s vicious role in supporting terrorist groups and repressive states such as Syria’s basher Al-Assad are the report’s chief concerns.
According to the assessment “Iran also attempted to smuggle weapons to Palestinian terrorist groups in Gaza...In March, the Israeli government interdicted a weapons shipment containing 40 M-302 rockets, 181 mortars, and hundreds of thousands of rounds of ammunition from Iran believed to be destined for militants in Gaza.”
“Hizballah, with considerable support from Iran, remains the most capable and prominent terrorist group in Lebanon,... Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has had a presence in Lebanon since the early 1980s and coordinates closely with Hizballah on military operations and training,” rearming the terrorist group since 2006 Israeki-Hizballah conflict in direct violation of UNSCR1701, the report said.
In assessing Iran’s role in the Syrian bloody conflict, the report states that “Iran views Syria as a crucial causeway in its weapons supply route to Lebanese Hizballah,” where “In 2014, Iran continued to provide arms, financing, training, and the facilitation of primarily Iraqi Shia and Afghan fighters to support the Asad regime’s brutal crackdown that has resulted in the deaths of at least 191,000 people in Syria, according to August UN estimates.”
In Iraq, Iran has increased its presence in the country in response to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) take-over of swats of land in Iraq. “This year, Iran increased its assistance to Iraqi Shia militias, one of which is a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), and has continued to support other militia groups in the region,” the report said.
The report also noted Iran’s terrorist operations beyond the volatile Middle East, where “Iran and its proxies also continued subtle efforts at growing influence elsewhere including in Africa, Asia, and, to a lesser extent, Latin America.”
“Iran used the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) to implement foreign policy goals, provide cover for intelligence operations, and create instability in the Middle East. The IRGC-QF is the regime’s primary mechanism for cultivating and supporting terrorists abroad,” the assessment said.
Though failing to mention the death of Argentina prosecutor, Alberto Nisman who mysteriously died in his apartment, hours before he was to testify in a Congressional hearing about the 1994 bombing of the country’s largest Jewish center, the report talks about the US government’s skepticism regarding the Argentina-Iran dialogue “to clarify Iran’s alleged role in the bombing, for which several former Iranian cabinet-level officials have outstanding Interpol Red Notices.”
Iran’s clerical rulers did not carry out any operations against its dissident opposition groups and leaders abroad in 2014; however, the famous German Mykonos Verdict that indicted top Iranian regime official including the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenie and then the President Hashemi Rafsanjani in the 1992 killing of Iranian Kurdish leader Dr. Sadegh Sharafkandi and his comrades in Berlin, still stands.
Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria remained the State Department’s Designated State Sponsor of Terrorism. Iran was designated as State Sponsor of Terrorism in 1984.
US Department of State provides Country Reports on Terrorism to US Congress as a full and complete annual report on terrorism for those countries and groups meeting the criteria.
Writing by Kurdpa Staff Writers and editing by Hazhir B.