With the Iran nuclear deal behind him, Secretary of State John Kerry is off to the Middle East next week to discuss a topic many in the region and in Washington have complained is missing from the complex arrangement: a plan to deal with Tehran's disruptive behavior.
Kerry will be in Cairo on Sunday to consult with Egyptian officials and will meet with Gulf Cooperation Council members in Qatar on Monday. He told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday that discussions would center on a "very robust initiative" to curb Iran's bad behavior.
"We will be engaging in special forces training, counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, counter-finance — a whole series of steps in order to empower all of us to do a better job of reducing those activities," he said.
The U.S. considers Iran's Shiite Muslim theocracy to be the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world, and many Arab states see Iran as an existential threat for its support of mostly Shiite militants in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen.