Which Countries Are Accused Of Supporting Terrorism?

Following a terror attack on an Indian Air Force base in January 2016, US President Barack Obama urged neighboring Pakistan to “delegitimize, disrupt, and dismantle” its terror networks Although in his interview with the Press Trust of India Obama did not directly accuse Pakistan’s government of sponsoring terrorism, the country has long been accused of harboring and funding terrorists

Pakistan did end up being the hiding place for one of the most notorious terrorists in history, Osama bin Laden But perhaps due to necessary relations between the US and Pakistan, the country does not appear on the US’s official “State Sponsors of Terrorism” list In fact, only three countries are currently on that list So, which countries does the US accuse of sponsoring terrorism? Well, since 1979, eight countries have occupied a spot on the State Sponsors of Terrorism list These are: Syria, Libya, Iraq, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and the former South Yemen

Five of these countries have since been removed, most recently Cuba in 2015 That leaves three remaining members: Syria, Iran, and Sudan Being on the list means that a number of serious sanctions are levied against the country These include various controls and bans on military supplies, including weapons sales There are also severe financial restrictions

Terror sponsoring countries cannot get loans from the World Bank, nor can any US citizen do business with them without a license from the Treasury department The oldest member is Syria, which was one of the first countries added in 1979, and the only original country to remain on the list The designation was sparked by the oppressive rule of Hafez al-Assad Today, his son Bashar al-Assad is believed to militarily support Hezbollah in Lebanon, while terrorist network grow within the currently war-torn Syria According to the US state department, this has allowed foreign fighters to enter Iraq, and possibly led to the formation of ISIS

The next oldest member is Iran, which was placed on the list in 1984 Similar to Syria, Iran is believed to support US-designated terrorist groups in Palestine, including Hezbollah and Hamas They are also thought to have funded Iraqi Shia militias in support of the Assad regime, and even sent Iranian Revolutionary Guard members to Syria Multiple senior al-Qaeda members have been allegedly detained in Iran, but their identities have not been released and Iran has been unwilling to prosecute them In fact, the US believes that Iran has allowed al-Qaeda operatives to move fighters and money into South Asia and Syria

Finally, war-torn and politically unstable Sudan was added to the list in 1993 According to the US State Department, affiliates of Hamas have been able to travel and fundraise in Sudan with no repercussion from the Sudanese government Additionally,al-Qaeda inspired groups see high Sudanese membership Moreover, multiple men detained in a terrorist training camp, and one involved in the murder of two US Embassy members, were released by Sudanese authorities However, many say that the US’s State Sponsors of Terrorism list is outdated and incomplete

Critics contend that rather than listing the realistic sources of terrorism, these countries are simply on the US’s bad side, and weak enough that they are easy to shut out Some unlisted countries like Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are more widely considered to have links between terrorism and government officials, but as they are US-allied, they are not targeted The US has spent billions fighting terrorism around the world

After over a decade, the government is still paying for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan To learn just how much money has been allocated to the War On Terror, watch our video here Thanks for watching TestTube News don’t forget to like and subscribe for new videos every day

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