“Like Glitter of the Sun”: Iran and Terrorism
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The Islamic Republic of Iran remains the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.2 This terror is directed at a range of targets: regime dissidents at home and abroad, Israel, other Muslim states in the region, the United States, and other Western interests. Th is commitment to terrorism reflects various interlocking motivations but is rooted in the Islamic Republic’s founder, Ayatollah Khomeini, who insisted that the regime’s survival lay in “exporting the revolution.” As the quote above makes clear, Khomeini’s successor as Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamene’i, fully subscribes to this view.
KeywordsIslamic Republic Suicide Bombing Terrorist Network Irregular Warfare Islamic Revolution
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