US: Iran's support for terrorism at highest in over decade

August 1, 2012 21:19


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WASHINGTON – Iran’s support for terrorism and the activities of its proxy Hezbollah is at its highest level in more than a decade, according to a top US official.

“We are increasingly concerned about Iran’s support for terrorism and Hezbollah’s activities as they’ve both stepped up their level of terrorist plotting over the past year,” said Daniel Benjamin, the State Department’s coordinator for counterterrorism, in releasing the 2011 US report on global terror Tuesday. “[They] are engaging in their most active and aggressive campaigns since the 1990s.”

Briefing reporters on the report, Benjamin did not point to any specific case beyond Iran’s attempted assassination of the Saudi ambassador to the United States, but other plots against Israeli diplomats and civilians in countries as diverse as India, Thailand and Georgia are also believed to have Iranian fingerprints.

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