“Iran Is Al Qaeda’s New Dwelling Base, Pompeo Says,” by Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon, January 12, 2021 11:47 AM
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed Tuesday that al Qaeda’s number-two chief was killed final 12 months in Iran, which Pompeo stated has turn out to be the phobia group’s major base of operations lately.
“Al Qaeda has a brand new house base: the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Pompeo stated throughout a small gathering on the Nationwide Press Membership in Washington, D.C.
Al Qaeda chief Abu Muhammad al-Masri, who was on the FBI’s most needed checklist, was murdered within the streets of Tehran in August of final 12 months, Pompeo stated, confirming media experiences on the time. That is the primary time the U.S. authorities has publicly acknowledged al-Masri’s demise.
The USA is now providing as much as $7 million for data resulting in the identification of al Qaeda chief Abd Al-Rahman al-Maghrebi, who Pompeo stated is at the moment hiding in Iran. Al-Maghrebi is the pinnacle of al Qaeda’s media arm and oversees the group’s actions worldwide.
Pompeo’s announcement is for certain to rile the foreign-policy world and lift questions on President-elect Joe Biden’s promise to reenter the 2015 nuclear take care of Iran, which supplied Tehran with billions in money that had been spent bolstering the nation’s terror operations. With simply days left in workplace, Pompeo vowed to “crush the Iran-al Qaeda axis.”
Whereas Iran and al Qaeda have extensively been seen as rivals on account of their non secular variations, Pompeo stated their relationship modified in 2015, when the Obama administration inked the nuclear settlement.
“Iran determined to permit al Qaeda to determine a brand new operational headquarters, on the situation that al Qaeda operatives inside abide by the regime’s guidelines,” Pompeo stated, disclosing intelligence that he claimed has been beforehand unreleased. “Since 2015, Iran has additionally given al Qaeda leaders better freedom of motion inside Iran.”
Al Qaeda’s senior management is now taking refuge in Iran, which has supplied the phobia group with logistical help, similar to journey paperwork, ID playing cards, and passports. “Al Qaeda has centralized its management inside Tehran,” Pompeo stated, including that “Iran is the brand new Afghanistan.”…
“They’ve money and time. They’ve a spread of Iranian help. They’ve new instruments for terror,” he stated. “The worst state sponsor of terrorism on the planet, the Islamic Republic of Iran, is now al Qaeda’s house base.”
Pompeo additionally disclosed that the US has “far much less visibility” on al Qaeda and its capabilities due to the dearth of U.S. intelligence sources in Iran. This leaves the US with few choices to fight the phobia group because it plans its subsequent assaults….