US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has claimed, with out offering any arduous proof, that the Islamic terrorist group Al-Qaeda has established a brand new base in Iran.
“We should acknowledge it, we should confront it… we should defeat it,” Pompeo stated throughout a press occasion on Tuesday held particularly to make the daring announcement.
“We ignore this Iran-Al-Qaeda nexus at our personal peril,” he added.
Pompeo acknowledged that, to many People, the alleged improvement could come as a “shock,” because the US army and international intelligence have been on the offensive in opposition to the group for the reason that September 11 terror assaults in 2001. Nonetheless, in keeping with the official, it was this relentless US pursuit that drove Al-Qaeda right into a “safer heaven” – particularly, the Islamic Republic of Iran.
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The state secretary known as Iran the “excellent selection” for the terrorists’ supposed new hideout, including that some Al-Qaeda operatives have had decades-long connections contained in the nation.
Iran’s International Minister Javad Zarif responded to Pompeo’s “fictitious” claims by accusing him of propagating “warmongering lies.”
From designating Cuba to fictitious Iran “declassifications” and AQ claims, Mr. “we lie, cheat, steal” is pathetically ending his disastrous profession with extra warmongering lies.Nobody is fooled. All 9/11 terrorists got here from @SecPompeo‘s favourite ME locations; NONE from Iran.
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) January 12, 2021
Pompeo additionally introduced the killing of Al-Qaeda’s “second in command,” Abu Muhammad al-Masri, on August 7 final 12 months on the behest of the US authorities. Al-Masri’s having been in Iran on the time of his loss of life seems to be the principle foundation of the US State Division’s assertion a few connection between the group and Iran.
He known as for an finish to the diplomatic “appeasement” of the Iran authorities, and introduced the deployment of sanctions on a number of “Iran-based al-Qaeda leaders,” in addition to a $7 million reward for details about the whereabouts of one of many extremists.
Throughout his tenure in Trump’s administration, former CIA chief Pompeo has maintained a tough line on Iran, together with enacting a sweeping sanctions coverage that has ravaged its economic system.
The inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden is extensively anticipated to hail the return of a extra diplomatic method to US-Iranian relations. Biden was a part of the Obama administration that brokered the Iran nuclear deal in 2015. Trump pulled the US out of that settlement in 2018.
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