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U.S. highlights terror threat in annual country reports on terrorism

08-06-2010 10:54 BJT

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- In its annual country reports on terrorism published on Thursday, the United States continues highlighting the threat posed by al-Qaeda and its affiliated groups, labeling Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria as the so-called " State Sponsors of Terrorism."

"Transnational terrorism remains the foremost security threat the United States faces, and the Obama administration has been working to strengthen the nation's counterterrorism strategy," said the report, which is to be submitted by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to Congress for reviewing.

"The administration is formulating policies that seek to shape and constrain the environments where terrorists operate. Central to this approach is taking steps to undermine the appeal of al- Qaeda's world view and to isolate violent extremists," said the report.

As it has done in the past years, the State Department continues listing Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria onto the blacklist of the State Sponsors of Terrorism, which it accuses of providing "critical support to many non-state terrorist groups."

"Without state sponsors, these groups would have greater difficulty obtaining the funds, weapons, materials, and secure areas they require to plan and conduct operations. The United States will continue to insist that these countries end the support they give to terrorist groups," said the report.

The United States has accused Iran of being the "most active state sponsor of terrorism", saying Tehran's financial, material and logistic support for terrorist and militant groups throughout the Middle East and Central Asia had a "direct impact" on international efforts to promote peace, threatened stability in the Gulf and undermined the growth of democracy.

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