Prepared Testimony by Matthew Levitt Before a Joint Hearing of House International Relations Subcommittees on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation: Iran: A Quarter-Century of State-Sponsored Terrorism

February 16, 2005

Iran’s terrorist activities can be split into several primary categories. First, Iran actively seeks to undermine prospects for Israeli-Arab peace. Second, Iran sponsors terrorist groups of global reach, including funding, training, arming and proving safe haven to their members. Third, Iranian intelligence operatives are themselves engaged in terrorist activity on their own and in cooperation with terrorist groups, including surveillance of U.S. interests at home and abroad. This includes efforts to destabilize regimes not to Tehran’s liking, particularly in the Middle East, as evidenced most recently by Iranian activity in Iraq.