Morocco severs ties with Iran over support for West Sahara Polisario front-official

File photo showing Moroccan people protesting in support of Western Sahara. (AFP)
Updated 01 May 2018
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Morocco severs ties with Iran over support for West Sahara Polisario front-official

RABAT: Morocco will sever ties with Iran over Tehran’s support for the Western Sahara independence Polisario front, the Moroccan foreign minister said on Tuesday.
Morocco will close its embassy in Tehran and will expel the Iranian ambassador in Rabat, Nasser Bourita told reporters. Al Arabiya News channel reported that Morocco is severing ties with Iran as the Lebanese militia Hezbollah have been training polisario militants. Morocco stated that Iran's Lebanese ally Hezbollah has been involved in the delivery of weapons from Iran to the Polisario Front, Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita said Tuesday.
He told reporters that "a first shipment of weapons was recently" sent to the Algerian-backed Polisario Front, which is seeking independence, via an "element" at the Iranian embassy in Algiers.Several countries have expressed solidarity with Morocco over breaking up its relation with Iran. Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Bahrain were quick to express their support to Rabat's move. A source at the Saudi Arabian foreign ministry said that Riyadh condemns all interference in Moroccan affairs, and supports the steps taken by Rabat against Iran. The Saudi Arabian source added that Hezbollah militia training of Polisario militants aims to destabilze Morrocco and threaten its security. 


 

 


US terror survey blames Iran for 'fomenting violence' in Middle East

Updated 19 September 2018
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US terror survey blames Iran for 'fomenting violence' in Middle East

  • The US has once again named Iran as the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism
  • The report said Iranian fighters and Iran-backed militias, like Lebanon's Hezbollah, had emerged emboldened

WASHINGTON: The US has once again named Iran as the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism, accusing it of intensifying numerous conflicts and trying to undermine governments throughout the Middle East.
The State Department's annual survey of global terrorism released on Wednesday said Iran and its proxies are responsible for fomenting violence in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen. The report said Iranian fighters and Iran-backed militias, like Lebanon's Hezbollah, had emerged emboldened from the war in Syria and with valuable battlefield experience they seek to leverage elsewhere.

"Iran remains the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism and is responsible for intensifying multiple conflicts and undermining US interests in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Bahrain, Afghanistan, and Lebanon," he said.
All three -- Daesh, Al-Qaeda and Iran -- "have both the capability and intent to strike the United States and our allies," State Department Coordinator for Counterterrorism Nathan Sales said.
The report indicated a general increase in global cooperation to fight terrorism, including tracking and blocking financial flows to the groups.
But this remains a challenge, Sales noted.
"You have got to stop the flow of money to these organizations."
"You have got to stop terrorist travel" as well, he added, pointing to the spread of airport detection systems like biometric face identification as a potent tool.
In addition, the survey reported a 24 percent decrease in attacks around the world between 2016 and 2017. That was due mainly to a sharp decline in the number of attacks in Iraq, where the Daesh group has been largely displaced.