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Here’s a list of only some of the larger attacks conducted by Iran mostly through their Quds Force and its surrogate terrorist organization Hezbollah.
1983; 37 years ago, a van filled with explosives was detonated in front of the U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon killing 17 Americans and 46 others. This is one of the earliest terrorist attacks in which the Iranian terror surrogate Hezbollah – directed and funded by the Quds Force – was implicated.
1983; only 6 months after the bombing of our embassy, a building in Beirut, Lebanon being used as a barracks for a U.S. Marine unit was bombed killing 241 Marines engaged in a U.N. peacekeeper mission. Again, Hezbollah.
1984; less than a year after the 1983 attack, the U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon was attacked again with a bomb that killed 24 people, including 2 Americans. The Islamic Jihad Organization claimed responsibility, but American intelligence eventually discovered that Hezbollah and the Quds Force were responsible for training and funding the attackers.
1985; a TWA passenger liner was hijacked shortly after take-off from Athens, Greece. Some passengers were beaten, and one U.S. Navy sailor who was a passenger was killed. Hezbollah was determined to be the guilty party, although they denied it at the time.
1996; in the city of Khobar, Saudi Arabia a large building known as Khobar Towers, being used to house American servicemen, was bombed killing 19. Hezbollah openly took credit.
1997; Iranian Army General Qasem Soleimani took control of Iran’s Quds Force.
1998; the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania were bombed on the same day, by members of al-Qaeda and Egyptian Islamic Jihad. 213 people were killed in the Nairobi blast, and 11 were killed in Dar es Salaam. In all 12 Americans were killed. Hezbollah provided training and funding to both of these terrorist groups.
2000; the U.S. guided missile destroyer USS Cole was attacked by al Qaeda using a rubber boat filled with explosives driven into the side of the vessel in a suicide attack while in the port of Aden in Yemen. Again, Iran was directly involved providing training and logistics to al Qaeda through Hezbollah. 17 U.S. Sailors were killed and 39 were wounded.
Are you starting to see the picture here?
By 2000 the death toll of Americans was over 300, in 8 significant attacks over 20 years. But Americans went blissfully about their business, because the bloodletting was so slow, comparatively. And because the American Liberal MSM under-reported, equivocated and misdirected. Like the frog boiling to death in a pan of water on the stove as the water gets hotter and hotter, we just slowly got used to the ‘new normal’ of terrorism.
So, let’s pick up in 2001 when Iran and their Quds Force under Soleimani were involved in bin Laden’s attack on the twin towers on 9-11, providing training, funding and other coordinations to the al Qaeda terrorists who carried out the attack. Nearly 3,000 people died that day IN ONE TERRORIST ATTACK!
Finally, on September 11th, 2001, America woke up.