AFP: 'US secretary of state Hillary Clinton says Iran is communicating with opposition groups in Egypt, Bahrain and Yemen in a bid to shape events in the strife-torn Middle East.
"They are doing everything they can to influence the outcomes in these places," Ms Clinton told the Senate Appropriations Committee.
"We know that they are reaching out to the opposition in Bahrain, we know that the Iranians are very much involved in the opposition movements in Yemen.
"They are using Hezbollah ... to communicate with counterparts ... in Hamas who then in turn communicate with counterparts in Egypt.
"So either directly or through proxies, they are constantly trying to influence events. They have a very active diplomatic foreign policy outreach," she added.'