U.S. highlights terror threat in annual country reports on terrorism

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In its annual country reports on terrorism published on Thursday, the United States continues highlighting the threat posed by al-Qaeda and its affiliated groups, labeling Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria as the so-called " State Sponsors of Terrorism."

"Transnational terrorism remains the foremost security threat the United States faces, and the Obama administration has been working to strengthen the nation's counterterrorism strategy," said the report, which is to be submitted by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to Congress for reviewing.

"The administration is formulating policies that seek to shape and constrain the environments where terrorists operate. Central to this approach is taking steps to undermine the appeal of al- Qaeda's world view and to isolate violent extremists," said the report.

As it has done in the past years, the State Department continues listing Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria onto the blacklist of the State Sponsors of Terrorism, which it accuses of providing "critical support to many non-state terrorist groups."

"Without state sponsors, these groups would have greater difficulty obtaining the funds, weapons, materials, and secure areas they require to plan and conduct operations. The United States will continue to insist that these countries end the support they give to terrorist groups," said the report.

The United States has accused Iran of being the "most active state sponsor of terrorism", saying 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 stability in the Gulf and undermined the growth of democracy.

The report also notes that the combination of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and terrorism would pose one of the "gravest threats" to the national security of the United States and its global partners.

The United States places the "highest priority" on working with a broad range of civil and foreign governments, entities, organizations to "develop effective partnerships to confront the challenge of WMD terrorism," said the report.

As an essential effort to defeat terrorism, according to the report, the administration would strengthen its regional and transnational partnerships to disrupt or eliminate the so-called " terrorist safe heavens," referring to those ungoverned or ill- governed areas in countries without stability, such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen and Somalia.

Country Reports on Terrorism is an annual report published by U. S. Department of State. According to U.S. law, the secretary f state should provide Congress a full and complete report on terrorism with regard to those countries and groups meeting criteria set forth in the legislation.

Beginning with the report for 2004, it replaced the Patterns of Global Terrorism Report, which had been released since 1985.

Source: Xinhua


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