Iran’s government is widely recognised to have strong links to a number of terrorist organisations and has been accused to sponsoring terrorism internationally. The Quds Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps is thought to be responsible for intelligence, foreign operations, training militants, and even cyber-terrorism, with some of the world’s most notorious terrorist organisations known to receive material support from Iran’s government and training for their military. Iran have been involved in terrorist actions in Israel, Lebanon, Albania, Bahrain, Yemen, India, Iraq, Kenya, Argentina, France, Denmark and Thailand, funding groups like Hezbollah and Hamas that are know to target US citizens especially.
Furthermore Iran has used its diplomatic and military influence to negatively impact the region, supporting authoritarian regimes such as Assad’s Syria, while sponsoring Iraqi and Syrian Shia terrorist groups and Yemeni rebels in recent years to further push the Iranian influence in the region, but also further destabilising the Middle East. Iran continues to provide arms to groups that destabilise troubled nations such as Israel, and nations like Yemen divided by civil war, directly defying United Nations resolutions and international arms embargos. Iran's record on sponsoring terrorism is so egregious that the US designated Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organisation in their own right in 2019, with Donald Trump blaming Iran’s support of terror internationally as the cause for ramping up tensions with the country.