Iran Increased Global Terrorism in 2012

Iranian President Ahmadinejad. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Marco Castro

Iranian President Ahmadinejad. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Marco Castro

For those who think that states that support terrorism in the Middle East, such as Iran, are not our business in the United States or Europe, a new report from the US State Department highlighted Iran’s terror activities from last two years. Among Iran’s actions were plots in Asia, Africa, Europe… and even the US.

The US incident mentioned was a 2011 plot to murder the Saudi Ambassador to the US—inside the US—by an Iranian-American working on behalf of Iran’s version of the CIA—the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. “The thwarted plot demonstrated Iran’s interest in using international terrorism—including in the United States—to further its foreign policy goals,” said the latest “Country Reports on Terrorism” publication.

The US State Department further noted a “marked resurgence of Iran’s state sponsorship of terrorism” in 2012, including its support of the Hezbollah terror group. “Iran’s state sponsorship of terrorism and Hezbollah’s terrorist activity have reached a tempo unseen since the 1990s,” said a State Department press release on the terrorism reports.

The upsurge in Iran’s terrorist activities included plots to harm Israelis in India, Georgia and Thailand. Media reports further indicated that Iranians were suspected of plotting an attack in Kenya. Iran has also provided arms and training to members of the Taliban in Afghanistan and funds to militants in Iraq.

One incident not listed under Iran, but under its ally Hezbollah, was the Israeli tour bus bombing last year in the European nation of Bulgaria. Five Israelis and one Bulgarian were killed.

In other words, Iran has its bloody fingerprints on terrorism around the world. The terror-sponsoring state poses a threat to you and your family… whether you live in the Middle East or not. And that’s not even counting the Iranian nuclear program, which is believed to be seeking nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them internationally.

(By Joshua Spurlock,, May 31, 2013)

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