The U.S. State Department’s annual report on worldwide terrorism said Sunni and Shiite extremists groups are working inside Iraq to create a terrorist haven. Also, the report names Iran as the world’s top state sponsor of terrorism.


WASHINGTON — Sunni and Shiite extremist groups are working inside Iraq to create a terrorist haven, where foreign fighters can operate, a U.S. State Department report said Friday.

Militant leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s al Qaeda in Iraq group and others “view Iraq as a potential safe haven and are attempting to make it a reality,” said the annual report on worldwide terrorism.

The study said Syria and Iran, whom the United States consider to be state sponsors of terror, are supporting terrorists in Iraq.


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