A Network of Terrorism in Iran
A number of terrorist organizations have partnered with Iran since the country’s Islamic revolution of 1979. These activities have forced the United States and Iran to have a tumultuous relationship.
Hizballah is a Lebanese group that Iran has given millions of dollars to. Hizballah receives more than $100 million annually from Iran. Small arms, Rockets, anti-tank guided missles, and artillery systems are just some of the military armament Iran gives to Hizballah. Iran incorporates Hizballah into its external security network, exchanging intelligence and military personnel. Hizballah has become emboldened in its anti-Israeli efforts as its support from Iran and nearby Arab countries continues to grow. The Palestine Islamic Jihad and Hamas are two organizations that are connected to Hizballah and are vocal about their opposition to the existence of Israel. Israeli-Syrian and Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations have been disrupted by Iranian support for these groups. Iran’s status within the Middle East is improved when these peace negotiations fail.
In 1979, the Islamic revolution in Iran ushered in a new Islamic-backed government, removing Iran’s royal family from power. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini was now the new leader of Iran, who pushed the propaganda of the Islamic revolution worldwide.
The ideas of the Islamic revolution make up the constitution of Iran as well as the articles of organization for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard.
Iran isn’t only associated with Hizballah. Iran has backed terrorist groups in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bahrain, and Iraq, as well as other organizations elsewhere. The groups push to remove their governments from power by any means necessary.
Iran may be a Shi’s Muslim country, but that doesn’t mean it is opposed to aiding other Muslim organizations. In recent years, Tehran has helped groups from Muslim backgrounds it has not typically been affiliated with. Iran has links to terrorist groups within Kurdistan and the Palestinian territory.
Al-Qa’ida and the Taliban are a few organizations supported by Iran, despite these groups disdain for Shi’a Islam.
Once again, this is Iran’s desire to promote the principles of the Islamic revolution as far as possible.
To learn more, read the work of Mark Dubowitz.
Crisis in Syria
Iranian leadership is worried that Syria’s Bashar alAsad may be deposed. Iran has few friends in the Middle East, however, Syria is one of them.
If Iran were to lose its friendship to Syria–or the leadership of alAsad–that would mean fewer opportunities to manipulate the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians. Iranian leadership feels the global campaign to dispose alAsad as the head of Syria is a move to weaken Iran’s role in the Middle East.