Combating Terrorism: Strategy to Counter Iran in the Western Hemisphere Has Gaps That State Department Should Address
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Why GAO Did This Study. The activities of Iranian government elements, such as a 2011 attempt to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador in the United States, could pose a threat to U.S. national security. Congress enacted the Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act of 2012, requiring State to assess the threats posed to the United States by Irans presence and activity in the Western Hemisphere and to develop a strategy to address those threats. This report examines 1 States collaboration with other key U.S. agencies and foreign partners to address Iranian activities in the Western Hemisphere, 2 the extent to which the strategy addresses elements identified in the act, and 3 the extent to which the strategy includes desirable characteristics of national strategies. GAO analyzed agency documents and interviewed agency officials in Washington, D.C. Argentina Brazil Colombia and Mexico. GAO chose these countries based on factors such as past instances of Iran-linked terrorist attacks and their bilateral relationships with the United States. What GAO Recommends. GAO recommends that the Secretary of State provide the relevant congressional committees with additional information that would fully address the elements in the act. In the absence of such information, State should explain why it was not included in the strategy.
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