The director of the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency has said that Iran is the world’s largest supporter of terrorism, and that there is cause to worry as its “influence has expanded considerably in recent years”.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s came during an appearance on MSNBC in which he also at US national security is being threatened by Iran.
“Today, we find it with enormous influence, influence that far outstrips where it was six or seven years ago,” Pompeo told MSNBC in an interview that aired on Saturday.
“Whether it’s the influence they have over the government in Baghdad, whether it’s the increasing strength of Hezbollah and Lebanon, their work alongside the Houthis in Iran, the Iraqi Shias that are fighting along now the border in Syria — certainly the Shia forces that are engaged in Syria. Iran is everywhere throughout the Middle East,” added.
Pompeo also spoke on Tehran’s interventions in the region saying that “Iran is playing a more destructive and destructive role in the Middle East”.