Terror Spurred by Iran
Post the 1979 revolution in Iran, the country’s officials deployed assassins to eliminate dissidents there. That was only the terrorism that happened at home.
Supporting Militant Groups
The Lebanese group Hezbollah bombed U.S. Marine and embassy sites in 1983. At least 300 people lost their lives because of those attacks. A greater number of Americans were killed by Hezbollah than that of any other global terrorist group, that is, prior to the September 11, 2001 attacks.
An Iran-aided organization didn’t only attack Americans. They committed terrorist attacks by killing dissidents in Europe, and murdered those that showed support for Iraq in the Iran-Iraq war.
Terrorists connected to Iran blew up Saudi Arabia’s Khobar Tower in 1996. Approximately 400 people were wounded and 19 were killed. Iran is considered an active participant in sponsoring terrorism and supports groups like Hamas.
Violence Against Israel
Israelis are the target of attacks from Palestinian groups who receive financial backing from Tehran. These attacks have a mission: They push a narrative of opposition to the concept of a Jewish state. Iran is less detached from the region when it fosters anti-Israel violence that terminates the peace process.
The leaders of Hezbollah have received financial aid from Iran that has directly influenced the group’s popularity in the Arab world, therefore helping Iran to remain less isolated.
It remains unknown to what degree Iran has connections with Sunni jihadist groups affiliated with al-Qaida.
A Post 9/11 Relationship
Iran cooperated after September 11 with United States to transfer jihadists to their place of origin to face trials. Iran is not consistent on this topic.Although Iranian officials say they have Sunni extremists monitored, they have refused to turn them over to international courts. This has produced friction between the United States and Iran. This is also a concern as U.S. troops remain in Iraq. U.S. forces in Iraq may be exposed to a terrorist attack fueled by Iranian leaders. View here for more.
Iranian-Supported Terrorism in the United States
It’s not impossible that Iran would sponsor an attack on the U.S. homeland.
Despite its propaganda, Iran views attacking U.S. properties abroad as a less risky tactic. According to the FBI, Hezbollah works to fund raise in America for its causes.
Iran prefers to expand its options.
Iran’s military is suffering and the country’s economic power is lackluster at best.
However, terrorism allows Iran to bully Israel, have a stake in the future of Iraq, and a means of causing conflict with the United States. It’s a possibility that Iran will relinquish its role as a funder of Hezbollah. The issue of Iraq could be ironed out for the positive for Iran.