WASHINGTON - Iran is the biggest threat to the United States and its allies in the Middle East, surpassing al-Qaida, which is down but not out, a senior U.S. military official said on Friday.
"The biggest threat to the United States and to our interests and to our friends, I might add, has come into focus and it's Iran," said the official, addressing a forum in Washington.
Reporters were allowed to cover the event on condition that the military official not be identified.
Next week, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations nuclear watchdog, is expected to release a report that includes evidence of Iranian nuclear research which makes little sense if not weapons related, Western diplomats said.
The official said he did not believe Iran wanted to provoke a conflict and added he did not know if the Islamic state had decided to build a nuclear weapon.
Iran says its nuclear program is peaceful and that it is enriching uranium to power reactors for electricity generation.
"I don't know that the Iranians have made the decision to make a nuclear weapon," the official said.
He however added the international community had united against Tehran's nuclear ambitions because of the uncertainty over Iran's future course of action.
CTTA Teaches Counter-Terrorism Seminars
According to the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), TERRORISM is the unlawful use of force or violence against person or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population or any segment there-of, in furtherance of political or social objectives.
The Counter-Terrorism seminars offer participants both general and more specific views on modern-day terrorism. The objective is to shed light on terrorist groups and their methods and philosophies, so that Security and Law Enforcement professionals may identify the potential components and motivations at the source of a criminal act, and establish a concrete comparative between terrorist ideologies and preventative and protective measures within a given environment. Participants will be better prepared to analyze the present risks within a given work environment and propose the appropriate defensive measures.
Participants will acquire skills involving but not restricted to;
- · Definition and history of terrorism
- · Understanding terrorism
- · Terrorist groups and their signatures
- · Local, national, and international terrorism
- · Psychological tools of the trade
- · Operational tools of the trade
- · Government legislation and terrorism
- · Terrorism and associated threats
- · Modern-day tendencies
- · Societal consequences of terrorism
- · External influences on terrorism
- · Statistical case studies
- · Territorial protection and the importance of ports of entry (air, maritime, land, railroad)
- · Threat assessment in regards to terrorism (specific operational environments)
- · Implementation of the necessary counter measures
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