State Sponsor of Terror: The Global Threat of Iran, Hearing Before the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session February 11, 2015 [open pdf - 887KB]
This testimony compilation is from the February 11, 2015 hearing, "State Sponsor of Terror: The Global Threat of Iran," before the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade. From the statement of Frederick W. Kagan, "The protracted negotiations about Iran's nuclear program have distracted attention from other aspects of the threat Iran poses to the security of the United States and its allies in the region and around the world. Preventing Iran from acquiring the ability to field a nuclear arsenal is certainly essential, but it is not sufficient, even if any of the deals under discussion were likely to achieve it. Iran has deployed conventional and irregular forces to numerous conflicts throughout the Middle East, and it retains the ability to conduct terrorist operations using its own or proxy forces in Europe, Latin America, and possibly elsewhere. Iran has significantly increased its ballistic missile force over the past few years, both in size and in capability. Tehran also appears to be undertaking an expansion of its conventional military capabilities. The global Iranian threat--independent of the status of its nuclear program--is greater today than it has ever been. Iranian involvement in the conflicts in Syria and Iraq is well known, but it is worth recalling some of the details. Iran has deployed elements of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Qods Force, IRGC conventional combat units, advisors from the Law Enforcement Forces, assets of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security, and significant political and economic advisors to help the regime of Bashar al Assad survive. Iran has also encouraged and supported the deployment of thousands of Lebanese Hezbollah conventional forces into Syria as well, a deployment unprecedented in Hezbollah's history." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Frederick W. Kagan, Ilan I. Berman, Tony Badran, and Daniel L. Byman.
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