Iran, Cuba, Sudan, Syria state sponsors of terrorism: US

US today alleged that Iran, Cuba, Suda and Syria are "state sponsors of terrorism".

Updated: Aug 05, 2010, 23:47 PM IST

Washington: US today alleged that Iran,
Cuba, Suda and Syria are "state sponsors of terrorism" and
accused Tehran of being most active among them.

In its annual report on Counter-terrorism, the State
Department said the four countries were state sponsors of

All the four countries were declared state sponsors of
terrorism last year also in the annual State Department
Country Reports on Terrorism.
Hitting hard at Iran, the State Department in its
report said Iran remained the most active state sponsor of

"Iran`s financial, material, and logistic support
for terrorist and militant groups throughout the Middle East
and Central Asia had a direct impact on international efforts
to promote peace, threatened economic stability in the Gulf
and undermined the growth of democracy," it said.

According to the report, Iran remained the principal
supporter of groups that are implacably opposed to the Middle
East Peace Process.

The Qods Force, the external operations branch of
the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), is the regime?s
primary mechanism for cultivating and supporting terrorists

Iran provided weapons, training, and funding to HAMAS
and other Palestinian terrorist groups, including Palestine
Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and the Popular Front for the Liberation
of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC), it said.

Iran has provided hundreds of millions of dollars in
support to Lebanese Hizballah and has trained thousands of
Hizballah fighters at camps in Iran, the report alleged.

Since the end of the 2006 Israeli-Hizballah conflict,
Iran has assisted Hizballah in rearming, in violation of UN
Security Council Resolution 1701, the report alleged.
"Iran`s Qods Force provided training to the Taliban
in Afghanistan on small unit tactics, small arms, explosives,
and indirect fire weapons. Since at least 2006, Iran has
arranged arms shipments to select Taliban members, including
small arms and associated ammunition, rocket propelled
grenades, mortar rounds, 107mm rockets, and plastic
explosives," it said.

Alleging that the Sudanese government continued to
pursue counterterrorism operations directly involving threats
to US interests and personnel in Sudan, the report said
Al-Qaeda-inspired terrorist elements as well as elements of
the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and HAMAS, remained in the
country in 2009.