STATE DEPARTMENT — The United States says Iran remains the world’s biggest state-sponsor of terrorism. The annual U.S. report on global terrorism expresses concern about increasing attacks in Nigeria and Pakistan.
U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Counterterrorism Daniel Benjamin said the international community is increasingly alert to Iranian threats and is working to disrupt them.
“We are deeply concerned about Iran’s activities on its own through the IRGC Quds Force, and also together with Hezbollah as they pursue destabilizing activities around the globe,” said Benjamin.
The annual terrorism report says a September plot last year to kill Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Washington “underscored anew Iran’s interest in using international terrorism – including in the United States – to further its foreign policy goals.” It says Iran is training Hamas and Taliban militants in Afghanistan, as well as allowing al-Qaida to use its territory to funnel materiel and personnel to South Asia.