Friday, August 19, 2011

US maintains Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Syria on terror sponsors' list

US maintains Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Syria on terror sponsors' list
Washington, Aug 19 (PTI)

The US has retained Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria on the list nations
which allegedly sponsor of terrorism.

The State Department retained these four countries in this list after
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton determined that the government of
these nations has repeatedly provided support for acts of international

As a result, these countries would face a wide range of sanctions
including a ban on arms-related exports and sales; controls over exports
of dual-use items, requiring 30-day Congressional notification for goods
or services that could significantly enhance the terrorist-list
country's military capability or ability to support terrorism;
prohibitions on economic assistance and imposition of miscellaneous
financial and other restrictions.
Designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism in 1982, the Government of
Cuba maintained a public stance against terrorism and terrorist
financing in 2010, but there was no evidence that it had severed ties
with elements from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and recent
media reports indicate some current and former members of the Basque
Fatherland and Liberty continue to reside in Cuba, the State Department
Iran, designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism in 1984, remained the
most active state sponsor of terrorism in 2010.

Tehran's financial, material, and logistic support for terrorist and
militant groups throughout the Middle East and Central Asia had a direct
impact on international efforts to promote peace, threatened economic
stability in the Gulf, and undermined the growth of democracy, it said.

In 2010, Iran remained the principal supporter of groups implacably
opposed to the Middle East Peace Process, it added. Sudan, which was
designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism in 1993, the State Department
said remained a cooperative partner in global counter-terrorism efforts
against al-Qaida in 2010.

During the past year, the Government of Sudan worked actively to counter
AQ operations that posed a potential threat to US interests and
personnel in Sudan.

Sudanese officials have indicated that they viewed continued cooperation
to the US as important and recognized the potential benefits of American
training and information-sharing.

Syria was designated as the State Sponsor of Terrorism in 1979. In 2010,
it continued its political support to a variety of terrorist groups
affecting the stability of the region and beyond, the report said.

The State Department said Syria provided political and weapons support
to Hizballah in Lebanon and allowed Iran to resupply the terrorist
organization with weapons.
The external leadership of Hamas, the Palestine Islamic Jihad, the
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and the Popular Front for
the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, among others, were based in
Damascus and operated within Syria's borders.
Statements supporting terrorist groups like Hamas and Hizballah
consistently permeated government speeches and press statements, it said.

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