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UANI Releases Updated Report on Iran's State Sponsorship of Terrorism Ahead of U.S. Designation Anniversary

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January 16, 2019
UANI Releases Updated Resource on Iran's Sponsorship of Terrorism Around the World

(New York, NY) - Ahead of the January 19 anniversary of the U.S. Department of State's designation of Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism, United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) is releasing an updated resource on Tehran's bloodstained record as the leading exporter of global terrorism.

Iran has accelerated its support for terrorism in recent years, particularly since reaching a nuclear deal in July 2015. Rather than fostering moderation, the nuclear deal emboldened Iran to escalate its destabilizing activities and enhanced its ability to bankroll terrorism and proxy wars.

UANI's updated resource graphically highlights this reality with the most recent examples of Iran's unflinching willingness to fund and carry out attacks against its perceived enemies. For example: 
  • In December, The Israeli government revealed the existence of Hezbollah tunnels from Lebanon into Israel. Israel launched Operation Northern Shield to destroy the tunnels.
  • In July, German authorities charged Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian diplomat in Vienna, with conspiracy to commit murder after officials thwarted his plot to contract a couple from Belgium to bomb an annual meeting of an Iranian opposition group outside Paris. Assadi allegedly provided the couple with 500 grams of TATP to use against the gathering, at which former U.S. officials were due to participate.
  • In August, the U.S. government charged two Iranians, Ahmadreza Doostar and Majid Ghorbani, with conducting surveillance on Israeli and Jewish targets in the United States, specifically the Hillel Center and Rohr Chabad Center in Chicago. The operatives were also implicated in infiltrating an Iranian dissident organization in the United States.
  • In November, Argentine police arrested two men allegedly linked to Hezbollah and discovered a small weapons arsenal. Israeli television claimed the arrests were based on Mossad-provided intelligence and thwarted a Hezbollah plot to attack Jewish community centers in Buenos Aires.
  • In November, Bahrain announced the arrest of 116 members of an Iranian-backed terrorist militia, suspected of plotting attacks on government officials and the security services. Reports indicated that 48 of the 116 arrested agents received training at IRGC camps in Iran, Lebanon, and Iraq, and that government officials uncovered manufacturing and storage sites for explosives. 
To explore UANI's updated resource on Iran's State Sponsorship of Terrorism, please click here.

United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) is a non-partisan, broad-based coalition that is united in a commitment to prevent Iran from fulfilling its ambition to become a regional super-power possessing nuclear weapons.  UANI is an issue-based coalition in which each coalition member will have its own interests as well as the collective goal of advancing an Iran free of nuclear weapons. 

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