September 9, 2016

Al-Qaeda and Iran, the Twin Sisters

Al-Qaeda and Iran, the Twin Sisters
Abdullah Al Alami*
September 9, 2016

A couple of lines in the news went unnoticed in mid-March 2016; "A US judge ordered Iran to pay over $10 billion in damages to families of victims who died in the September 11, 2001 attacks," and now to the Burger King commercials.

The official position of the international community on Iran, as publicly announced, is not even near positive, especially after cooperation between Tehran and global terrorist groups was disclosed. It is no secret that the Iranian government and its religious institutions carry the banner of “religion”, while their true aim is undermining the region’s peace, stability and security. In other words, the goal of expanding Iran’s vicious ideology is to give "legitimacy" to the fanatic regime in Tehran.

In September 1985, former US President Ronald Reagan's administration failed to pass "Iran - Contra" secret deal to sell weapons to Iran, while using funds to finance the "Contras" anti-communist regime in Nicaragua. As in "Iran - Contra", Washington will also fail in its current plan to cover up of the secret documents of the Iranian nuclear deal.

What are these important secret documents? In the past few weeks, a series of messages from Osama bin Laden were revealed in what is known as " Abbottabad" documents. These documents clearly confirm the strong relationship Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda had with the Iranian regime over several years.

In addition, these documents confirm, beyond a shadow of a doubt, bin Laden’s description of Iran as "the main corridor to transfer funds, personnel and correspondence". They also reveal bin Laden’s instructions to his followers “not to open a military front with Iran”. In other messages, bin Laden speaks of "brothers" coming from or going to Iran. Actually, bin Laden praise of Khomeini’s "achievements", is a signal of the strong bond between al-Qaeda and Tehran.

There is no doubt that Iran's mullahs exerted pressure - by virtue of their relationship with Al-Qaeda, on the US administration to cover up these secret documents.

Also it became evident that among the alliances in the war in Yemen, the coup leaders (al-Houthi group and ousted Ali Abdullah Saleh), met with "Al Qaeda" and "Daesh" against the legitimate Yemini government and tribes loyal to the Arab military coalition.

Not only Tehran managed to contain and protect what remained of Al-Qaeda members, but it also worked studiously with them to serve its policies in the region. Unfortunately, Iran has succeeded in supporting many terrorist organizations, including Saudi terrorist Saleh Al-Qaraawi; one of the most dangerous members of al-Qaeda and an expert in the manufacture of explosives. Al- Qaraawi was on the Saudi authorities’ wanted list as he was among the list of 85 terrorists announced by the Ministry of Interior.

Tehran sponsored Qaraawi and hid him away from the INTERPOL. Iran facilitated Qaraawi’s travel between Afghanistan and Waziristan, until he was finally delivered to Saudi Arabia in 2012 by Pakistan.

The list of al-Qaeda terrorists who were funded and sponsored by Iran also included Ahmed Al Mughassil; the mastermind of the terrorist attack which took place on June 25, 1996 on the residential complex in Khobar Towers, and the list goes on.

*Saudi writer

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