Ter­ror­ist tag is re­jected

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Iran has re­jected an an­nual US State Depart­ment re­port that called it the world’s lead­ing spon­sor of ter­ror­ism. State TV quoted For­eign Min­istry spokesman Hos­sein Jaberi An­sari as say­ing the re­port is “false” and fur­ther ev­i­dence of the “lack of cred­i­bil­ity of re­ports by the US State Depart­ment”. As in many pre­vi­ous years, the re­port iden­ti­fied Iran as the world’s “fore­most state spon­sor of ter­ror­ism in 2015” through its fi­nanc­ing, train­ing and equip­ping of var­i­ous armed groups, no­tably Le­banon’s Hezbol­lah, as well as the gov­ern­ment of Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar Al As­sad. Shia-ma­jor­ity Iran is help­ing Iraqi and Syr­ian forces bat­tle ISIS but Tehran has de­fended its sup­port for Pales­tinian mil­i­tant groups, say­ing they have the right to re­sist Is­rael’s oc­cu­pa­tion.

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