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Iranian Officials Deny Alleged Ties to al-Qaida

November 7, 2017 by  

The document says Iran would assist and finance any entity willing to attack U.S. targets anywhere in the world as long as Iran’s interference was kept anonymous.

Al-Qaida members were reportedly offered financial support and training in Hezbollah Shi’ite Militia camps in Lebanon. The released document was seized with various files including letters, videos, audio files and other materials. The CIA said making these documents public aids transparency and improves public understanding of al-Qaida and its former leader.

This is not the first time Iran has been accused of secret dealings with al-Qaida.

 

In his remarks about Iran in October, President Donald Trump said: “Iranian proxies provided training to operatives who were later involved in al-Qaida’s bombing of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.” Trump added that Osama bin Laden’s son was one of the high-level terrorists harbored by Iran in the wake of 9/11 attacks.

In a speech on the Nov. 4 anniversary of US embassy seizure of 1981, Iran’s leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the country will never accept being bullied by the Americans.

“The American president’s foolish remarks against our people show the depth of America’s hostility towards the entire Iranian nation,” Khamenei said in a televised speech. “America is the number one enemy of our nation.”

The release of these documents stirred a raft of responses by Iranian officials denying the information in the released files.

Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif, tweeted after the release of the documents “A record low for the reach of petrodollars: CIA & FDD fake news w/selective al-Qaida docs re: Iran can’t whitewash role of US allies in 9/11.” Fars News Agency, a media platform close to the government, said CIA published cherry picked documents about al-Qaida and it is a part of a plan to increase the pressure on Iran.

 

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