The List Of State Sponsors Of Terrorism
According to the U.S. State Department, the secretary of state “must determine that the government of such country has repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism.” Right now IRAN, SYRIA and SUDAN are on the list.
That designation triggers unilateral sanctions by the U.S. These include a ban on weapons exports and sales; the imposition of financial and other curbs, as well as a ban on economic assistance; and restrictions on the exports of items that can be used by the country to enhance its military capability or its ability to support terrorism.
Iran was cited for its support of the Shiite group Hezbollah, as well as Hamas in Gaza, the Houthis in Yemen and other militant groups across the region.
Sudan was listed for allowing terrorist groups to operate on its soil, but the State Department notes that the country “remained a generally cooperative counterterrorism partner and continued to take action to address threats to U.S. interests and personnel in Sudan.”
Syria, the report said, continued its political support of groups such as Hezbollah and other groups, plus the Islamic State is in control of many major cities.
It’s worth noting that being on a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism does not necessarily mean that the country stops trading with other nations. Typically, as in the case of Iran, strong multilateral sanctions are needed to have an impact.
So the question becomes why is the US providing foreign aid to both Syria and Sudan in 2017? And why did the US provide $150 billion to IRAN as part of the nuclear ban deal? According to ForeignAssistance.gov, SUDAN will receive $9,412,000 in aid in 2017. As for SYRIA, which has many cities under the control of the Islamic State, they will receive a whopping $238,470,000 in 2017.
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