Well, that’s embarrassing: State Department names this nation leading state sponsor of terror

Well, that’s embarrassing: State Department names this nation leading state sponsor of terror

Defending the nuclear deal with Iran, which has never been easy for the Obama administration, just got harder. Despite boasts from the White House and its water carriers in the media of a new era in diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic, the Ayatollah Khamenei said in a televised speech Friday, “We have many small and big enemies, but foremost among them are America and this very evil Britain.

But there’s more bad news for the administration courtesy of its own State Department, which on Thursday released its annual report on global terrorist activity. And the identity of the top state sponsor of terrorism? You guessed it.


On Iran, the report said that country “remained the foremost state sponsor of terrorism in 2015, providing a range of support, including financial, training, and equipment, to groups around the world.”

The report also said that Iran was continuing to provide arms and cash to terrorist groups like Hezbollah and Iraqi Shia terrorist groups, including Kata’ib Hizballah (KH). Both groups are designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations in the report.

Even worse, despite the administration’s hopes that the $100 billion in Iranian assets that were unfrozen as a condition of the nuclear deal would be used primarily to rebuild Iran’s shattered economy, Secretary of State John Kerry admitted that a fair chunk of it would “end up in the hands of the IRGC or other entities, some of which are labeled terrorists.”

Now, thanks to the report, we have a clearer picture of how much will be used in attempts to decimate the Great Satan.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.

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