US: ‘Marked resurgence’ in Iran-sponsored terror

State Dept. report finds Iran, Hezbollah terrorist activity highest since 1990s; report notes PA role in disarming terrorists.

May 31, 2013 01:16
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WASHINGTON  — Iran-sponsored terrorism showed a “marked resurgence” last year, the State Department said in its annual report on terrorism.

The report released Thursday named the Qods Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, its ministry of intelligence and Hezbollah, its ally in Lebanon, as behind the resurgence.

“Iran and Hezbollah’s terrorist activity has reached a tempo unseen since the 1990s, with attacks plotted in Southeast Asia, Europe, and Africa,” the report said.

It noted suspected Hezbollah plots in Bulgaria, Cyprus, Thailand, Georgia, Kenya and India.

Israel was called a “stalwart counter-terrorism partner” in the report, which noted continuing rocket attacks on Israel from the Gaza Strip — an area controlled by Hamas, a State Department-designated terrorist group.

The report also pointed out the role of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank in disarming and dismantling terrorist groups, as well as a decision by Israel authorities to define as “terror” settler attacks on Palestinians.

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