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Iran is still the “world’s worst state sponsor of terrorism” and Al-Qaeda wants to find back to themselves as the “vanguard of the global jihadist movement,” the State Department said in its Country Reports on Terrorism 2018, the released Friday.
The regime in Tehran has spent almost $1 billion per year for the support of terrorist groups “, as his proxies, and expand their influence around the world,” the State Department. These groups, Hezbollah, Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad belong to.
Iran has also plotted his own terrorist actions around the globe, especially in Belgium, France and Germany, according to the department.
Al-Qaeda continue to fester in 2018, as well.
“Despite our continuing efforts since Sept. 11, 2001, and the group of leadership losses, Al-Qaeda regional subsidiaries, more their ranks, perform action, and attacks, as well as the increase in the resources to further expand and excite new employees about the social media and virtual technologies,” the State Department said.
The United States will continue to combat terrorism on all fronts, and “pursue the Al-Qaeda globally”, while the maximum pressure on Iran, “significantly expanded its sanctions on the Iranian state actors and deputies,” according to the Department.
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In good news, the report, the events in the year 2018 said, setting the stage for the Islamic state (ISIS) a big hit in the year 2019.
U.S. and partner forces liberated “almost the whole territory of the ISIS, in Iraq and Syria,” which led to the final destruction of the so-called ISIS “Caliphate” this year, according to the State Department.
The report was released, six days after the ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed himself a week ago by detonating a vest of explosives in a RAID by the U.S. forces on a compound in Northern Syria. The terror group has now announced a new leader.
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But the report sounded a note of caution.
“As ISIS lost all almost all of its physical area, the group proved its ability to adapt, to be inspired mainly by his efforts, or direct successor to online,” she said. “In the last year, ISIS, the global presence with partners and networks that carry out attacks in the Middle East, in South and East Asia and Africa.”
Terrorists ‘ use of the technology developed, including the increased use of drones, and encryption.
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The State Department has made progress in the year 2018, when it came to the restriction of terrorist travel, including in the area of “border security and information sharing measures,” and gave dozens of sanctions against the financing of terrorism, it said.
The White house in October published the National strategy for the fight against terrorism, the country’s first such strategy since 2011. It slammed Iran as “the world’s Central banker of international terrorism.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.