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State Department: Iran Supports Al Qaeda, Taliban

6:20 PM, Jul 31, 2012 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
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“Iran was responsible for the increase of lethal attacks on U.S. forces and provided militants with the capability to assemble explosives designed to defeat armored vehicles,” State’s report reads.

Iran does not limit its sponsorship of terrorism to the Middle East. Iran has “sought to expand its activities in the Western Hemisphere,” the State Department warns. “The most disturbing manifestation of this was the Iranian plot against the Saudi Ambassador to the United States.” In that plot, the IRGC-QF sought to use Mexican drug cartels to do its bidding.

None of this is surprising. Iran will work with virtually anyone who is opposed to the U.S., whether they are al Qaeda terrorists, Taliban insurgents, or suspected members of Mexican drug cartels.

Thomas Joscelyn is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

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