Terrorist Acts Supported by Iran
The 1979 Islamic revolution brought new ideology and a new government to Iran that supported terrorism activities. Iran’s foreign policy has actively pushed terrorist organizations in to the forefront, helping to fund these groups for decades.
Neighboring Terrorist Group
Hizballah, a Lebanese outfit, is one organization that Iran has generously supported. Hizballah receives more than $100 million annually from Iran. Small arms, Rockets, anti-tank guided missles, and artillery systems are just some of the military armament Iran gives to Hizballah. Iran incorporates Hizballah into its external security network, exchanging intelligence and military personnel. Hizballah has become emboldened in its anti-Israeli efforts as its support from Iran and nearby Arab countries continues to grow. Hizballah is linked to the Palestine Islamic Jihad and Hamas, groups whose words and actions express a disdain for Israeli policy. Israeli-Syrian and Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations have been disrupted by Iranian support for these groups. Iran benefits when these failed negotiations occur.
Iran’s royal family was deposed in the Islamic revolution of 1979. 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.
Iran isn’t only associated with Hizballah. Iran has backed terrorist groups in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bahrain, and Iraq, as well as other organizations elsewhere. The groups push to remove their governments from power by any means necessary.
Iran may be a Shi’s Muslim country, but that doesn’t mean it is opposed to aiding other Muslim organizations. In recent years, Tehran has helped groups from Muslim backgrounds it has not typically been affiliated with. Iraqi Kurdish, Palestine Islamic Jihad, and Hamas are just a few organizations who receive support from Iran, even though they are non-Shi’a groups.
Shi’a Islam is hated by al-Qa’ida and the Taliban, yet Iran has still financed their efforts.
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
Yet, the recent problems in Syria–as its leader Bashar alAsad is facing opposition–poses difficulties for Iran. Iran has few friends in the Middle East, however, Syria is one of them.
If Iran were to lose its friendship to Syria–or the leadership of alAsad–that would mean fewer opportunities to manipulate the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians. Iranian leadership feels the global campaign to dispose alAsad as the head of Syria is a move to weaken Iran’s role in the Middle East.