State Sponsors of Terrorism

State Department to Lift Sanctions on State Sponsor of Terrorism Sudan

The State Department announced the anticipated easing of most sanctions against the war-torn African regional power Sudan Friday, claiming the increasing compliance of perennial pariah Omar al-Bashir’s regime in international affairs, effective October 12.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir sits during a visit to the village of Bilel in South Darfur, near the Kalma camp for displaced people, on September 22, 2017. As Bashir was speaking clashes erupted between Sudanese forces and residents of the nearby Kalma camp that killed three residents of the camp. …

11 Arab Nations Accuse Iran of Sponsoring Terrorism

Eleven Arab countries in the Middle East and North Africa, echoing an official U.S. position, have accused Shiite powerhouse Iran of being a state sponsor of “terrorism,” noting that the Islamic Republic is “funding and arming militias that destabilize our region.”

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Rubio Vows to Block Confirmation of U.S. Ambassador to Cuba

President Barack Obama’s administration has aggressively pushed for normalizing relations with the island nation. In April the State Department removed Cuba from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism, despite ongoing concerns about its support for terrorism and human rights violations. This decision was heavily criticized by both Rubio and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Rubio’s fellow Republican in the Senate and competitor for the GOP presidential nomination.

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Obama Removes Cuba from State Sponsor of Terror List

President Barack Obama will remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, the White House announced Tuesday, a key step in his bid to normalize relations between the two countries.

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