The U.S. State Department cites seven nations—Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria—as state sponsors of terrorism
. The nations have long been accused of helping various violent groups.
A nation could help terrorists in varying degrees: by providing sanctuary for suspects wanted elsewhere, supplying weapons, money, and intelligence, or in actually planning attacks, in effect using these organizations as "sub-contractors."
In the wake of the September 11, 2001
, attacks, the State Department issued a worldwide travel caution, urging Americans traveling outside the U.S. "to maintain a high level of vigilance and to increase their security awareness." Specific warnings
were issued for Turkmenistan, Pakistan, and Yemen.
Here are some other nations troubled by terrorism.