WASHINGTON – Iran continued its “terrorist-related” activity last year and continued to provide broad military support to President Bashar Assad of Syria, the State Department said Friday in its annual report on terrorism.
The State Department’s assessment suggests that neither the election of President Hassan Rowhani nor the prospect of a nuclear accord with the U.S. and its negotiating partners has moderated Iran’s foreign policy in the Middle East.
“In 2014, Iran continued to provide arms, financing, training and the facilitation of primarily Iraq Shia and Afghan fighters to support the Assad regime’s brutal crackdown,” it said.
“Iran remained unwilling to bring to justice senior Al-Qaida members it continued to detain and refused to publicly identify those senior members in its custody.”
The report covers 2014, but there is nothing that U.S. officials have said in recent months to indicate that Iran’s policy has changed. It comes just a week before Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to fly to Vienna to try to seal a nuclear deal.
New York Times