Iran, Hezbollah removed from terror list

Office of National IntelligenceBy The Iowa Statesman


According to The Times of Israel, an annual report delivered recently to the US Senate by James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, removed Iran and Hezbollah from its list of terrorism threats, after years in which they featured in similar reports.

The unclassified version of the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Communities, dated Feb. 26, noted Iran’s efforts to combat Sunni extremists, including those of the ultra-radical Islamic State group, who were perceived to constitute the preeminent terrorist threat to American interests worldwide. It noted that the Shiite Lebanese group Hezbollah, which is funded and mentored by Tehran, has been fighting ISIS independently of the American-led campaign, both in Syria and Iraq.