The country is an island located in the Persian Gulf, to the east of Saudi Arabia, and has a population of 738,000.
But the group is free to plot and plan in Pakistan and it has cells in the Persian Gulf, Bangladesh, England, and elsewhere.
In January 7, 2008, five Iranian speedboats darted around three U.S. warships in the Straits of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf.
Note: The Persian Gulf oil fields are among the most productive in the world.
Note: The Persian Gulf region was dominated by Britain for most of the twentieth century. After Britain's withdrawal in the late 1960s, the United States and the Soviet Union competed for influence in the region. (See Persian Gulf War.)