Iran’s Terrorist Framework
The 1979 Islamic revolution brought new ideology and a new government to Iran that supported terrorism activities. For years, Iran has supported works of terrorism throughout the Middle East and elsewhere, eroding the United States’ relationship with the Shi’a state.
The Lebanese organization Hizballah is particularly linked to Iran. Hizballah receives more than $100 million annually from Iran. Hizballah received a host of military equipment from Iran, including small arms, rockets, anti-tank guided missiles, and artillery systems. Iran shares intelligence and military personnel with Hizballah, as the latter is incorporated into Iran’s external security network. Hizballah has become emboldened in its anti-Israeli efforts as its support from Iran and nearby Arab countries continues to grow. The Palestine Islamic Jihad and Hamas are two organizations that are connected to Hizballah and are vocal about their opposition to the existence of Israel. Israeli-Syrian and Israeli-Palestianian policies toward peace have been usurped by the Iranian willingness to financially back these group. Iran benefits when these failed negotiations occur.
The Islamic revolution of 1979 toppled the rule of Iran’s royal family and their supporters. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini was now the new leader of Iran, who pushed the propaganda of the Islamic revolution worldwide.
This mission is part of the Iranian constitution, and part of the documents that form the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard.
Links to Other Groups
Although Iran’s link to Hizballah maybe strong, it is certainly not its only one with a group that promotes terrorism. Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bahrain, and Iraq are a few Islamic countries in which Iran has supported terrorist organizations. These groups seek to overthrow their governments.
Iran is a Shi’a Muslim government, but is quick to back terrorism by other Muslim groups. In recent years, Tehran has helped groups from Muslim backgrounds it has not typically been affiliated with. Non-Shi’a organizations, such as the Iraqi Kurdish, Palestine Islamic Jihad, and Hamas, are given financial and military help from Iran.
Al-Qa’ida and the Taliban are a few organizations supported by Iran, despite these groups disdain for Shi’a Islam.
Once again, this is Iran’s desire to promote the principles of the Islamic revolution as far as possible.
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Crisis in Syria
The threats to the regime of Bashar alAsad, Syria’s leader, causes concern for Iran. Syria has been a strong ally of Iran, a country that has few of them in the Arab world.
If the Syrian conflict becomes more serious, there’s a real possibility alAsad would be removed from power and Iran’s ability to influence the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would be minimized. Iranian officials think the international push to remove alAsad from office is an effort to lessen the role of Iran in the Arab world.
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