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“Like Glitter of the Sun”: Iran and Terrorism

  • Gregory F. Giles
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Abstract

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.

Keywords

Islamic Republic Suicide Bombing Terrorist Network Irregular Warfare Islamic Revolution 
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Notes

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    Gregory Giles, “Command and Control Challenges of An Iranian Nuclear Force,” in Patrick Clawson and Michael Eisenstadt (eds.), Deterring the Ayatollahs (Washington, DC: Washington Institute for Near East Policy, 2007), 12–15.Google Scholar

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© Michael T. Kindt, Jerrold M. Post, and Barry R. Schneider 2009

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