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Context of 'April 30, 2000: State Department Issues Counterterrorism Report Focused on South Asia'

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The US State Department includes Iraq in its list of states that sponsor terrorism. (Phythian 1997)

A US State Department report concludes that Iraq continues to support groups on the State Department’s terrorist list. (Jentleson 1994, pp. 52)

The US State Department issues a public condemnation of Iraq’s use of chemical weapons (see 1984, March 15, 1984). (Marquis 12/23/2003)

The State Department issues its annual report describing the US attempt to combat terrorism. For the first time, it focuses on South Asia. The New York Times notes, “The report reserves its harshest criticism for Afghanistan” and “is also severely critical of Pakistan.” However, neither country is placed on the official list of countries sponsoring terrorism, which has remained unchanged since 1993. (Miller 4/30/2000)

The State Department issues a worldwide caution warning American citizens of possible attacks. (CNN 3/2002) Around the same time, the State Department notifies all US embassies about the increased terrorist threat. (US District Court of Eastern Virginia 5/4/2006, pp. 3 pdf file)


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