U.S. Keeps Iran, Syria on Terror Blacklist Over Support for Hizbullah


The United States retained Iran and its ally Syria as well as Sudan and Cuba on a list of alleged state sponsors of terrorism Thursday, after blacklisting the countries the previous year.

In an annual report, the State Department said "Iran remained the most active state sponsor of terrorism in 2010," citing "financial, material and logistic support" for militant groups in the Middle East and Central Asia.

It said Iran backed Palestinian groups Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, along with Hizbullah, the Taliban in Afghanistan and Iraqi Shiite Muslim militant groups.

The State Department said its support for such groups "had a direct impact on international efforts to promote peace, threatened economic stability in the Gulf, and undermined the growth of democracy."

Iran was first designated a state sponsor of terror in 1984.

Allied with Iran, Syria was also kept on the list for supporting the same Palestinian militant groups and Hizbullah. It was first designated a state sponsor of terror in 1974

In justifying its move, the State Department noted the external leadership for the Palestinian groups were based in Damascus and operated within Syria. Damascus is also home to Sunni Muslims affiliated with the Baath Party of late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

"Iraqi Baathists continued to congregate in the Syrian capital and some of them call for violence against the Iraqi government, Iraqi civilian targets and American and coalition forces within Iraq," it said.

It also stressed that Al-Rai television, owned by Iraqi politician Mishan al-Juburi, a Baathist, broadcasts from a suburban Damascus location "transmitted violent messages in support of terrorism in Iraq throughout the year."

Sudan, which was designated a state sponsor of terror in 1993, remained on the blacklist even though the State Department acknowledged it was "a cooperative partner in global counter-terrorism efforts" against al-Qaida last year.

First designated a state sponsor of terror in 1982, Cuba was kept on the list again.

The State Department said there "was no evidence" that the communist island "had severed ties with elements from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)," despite its public stance against terror and terror financing.

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Thumb benzona over 12 years

Of course they're terrorist states and support international terrorism. Anything new? no! Hence, no reason to clear them.... for now.