By Michael Smerconish”There is no country in the planet that is more dangerous to people than Iran,” he said in a 2015 interview.
“Iran has been the most violent country in modern times, but Iran is not even the most murderous country.
It is a very violent country.”
As the Islamic Republic has expanded its reach in the Middle East and North Africa, the world has seen an unprecedented surge in terrorism across the region.
It has killed an estimated 4,000 people in more than 30 attacks across the world.
Iran has not hesitated to use its power to enforce its version of Islamic law and has carried out several deadly attacks against civilians and security forces.
The latest attacks on civilians and military targets have increased in recent years, as Iranian leaders have sought to portray themselves as the victims of an enemy foreign power and to assert their authority.
In 2017, Iranian forces killed more than 1,500 people in what Iranian President Hassan Rouhani described as an effort to bolster their security.
The United States, which has helped Iran for decades in its fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), has condemned Iran’s “unacceptable and dangerous” use of force.
“We urge Iran to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states, including the United States and its allies,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in July.
“Our position remains the same today: We condemn Iran’s ongoing attacks on its own people, civilian facilities, and civilian infrastructure.”
Last month, Iran said it had arrested more than 2,000 foreign fighters.