Iran, Syria, Sudan, Cuba on US terror blacklist

Iran, designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism in 1984, remained the most active state sponsor of terrorism in 2010.

Last Updated: Aug 19, 2011, 10:07 AM IST

Washington: The US has retained Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria on the list nations which allegedly sponsor of terrorism.

The State Department retained these four countries in this list after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton determined that the government of these nations has repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism.

As a result, these countries would face a wide range of sanctions including a ban on arms-related exports and sales; controls over exports of dual-use items, requiring 30-day Congressional notification for goods or services that could
significantly enhance the terrorist-list country`s military capability or ability to support terrorism; prohibitions on economic assistance and imposition of miscellaneous financial and other restrictions.

Designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism in 1982, the
Government of Cuba maintained a public stance against
terrorism and terrorist financing in 2010, but there was no
evidence that it had severed ties with elements from the
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and recent media
reports indicate some current and former members of the Basque
Fatherland and Liberty continue to reside in Cuba, the State
Department said.

Iran, designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism in 1984,
remained the most active state sponsor of terrorism in 2010.

Tehran`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.

In 2010, Iran remained the principal supporter of groups.

Sudan, which was designated as a State Sponsor of
Terrorism in 1993, the State Department said remained a
cooperative partner in global counter-terrorism efforts
against al Qaeda in 2010.

During the past year, the Government of Sudan worked
actively to counter Qaeda operations that posed a potential
threat to US interests and personnel in Sudan.

Sudanese officials have indicated that they viewed
continued cooperation to the US as important and recognized
the potential benefits of American training and
information-sharing.

Syria was designated as the State Sponsor of Terrorism in
1979. In 2010, it continued its political support to a variety
of terrorist groups affecting the stability of the region and
beyond, the report said.

The State Department said Syria provided political and
weapons support to Hizballah in Lebanon and allowed Iran to
resupply the terrorist organisation with weapons.

The external leadership of Hamas, the Palestine Islamic
Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and
the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General
Command, among others, were based in Damascus and operated
within Syria`s borders.

Statements supporting terrorist groups like Hamas and
Hizbollah consistently permeated government speeches and press
statements, it said.

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