‘Tactical cooperation’ marks Iran-al-Qeda ties, experts say

‘Tactical cooperation’ marks Iran-al-Qeda ties, experts say
‘Tactical cooperation’ marks Iran-al-Qeda ties, experts say

 

Iran has for years faced accusations of cooperation with al-Qaeda despite stark ideological differences, but while mutual interests may have sometimes converged, any relationship has been marked by distrust, analysts say.

 

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s claim — made just a week before President Donald Trump leaves office — that Iran was the “new Afghanistan” for al-Qaeda militants surprised observers, who said there was no evidence of the country being used as a base.

 

He also stated publicly for the first time that al-Qaeda’s number two, Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, known as Abu Muhammad al-Masri, was assassinated in Tehran in August, buttressing allegations that Iran has at times offered sanctuary to the extremists.

 

Read the complete article at: The Arab Weekly

 

 

 

Iran has for years faced accusations of cooperation with al-Qaeda despite stark ideological differences, but while mutual interests may have sometimes converged, any relationship has been marked by distrust, analysts say. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s claim — made just a week before President Donald Trump leaves office — that Iran was the “new Afghanistan” for al-Qaeda militants surprised observers, who said there was no evidence of the country being used as a base. He also stated publicly for the first time that al-Qaeda’s number two, Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, known as Abu Muhammad al-Masri, was assassinated in Tehran in August, buttressing allegations that Iran has at times offered sanctuary to the extremists. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s claim — made just a week before President Donald Trump leaves office — that Iran was the “new Afghanistan” for al-Qaeda militants surprised observers, who said there was no evidence of the country being used as a base. He also stated publicly for the first time that al-Qaeda’s number two, Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, known as Abu Muhammad al-Masri, was assassinated in Tehran in August, buttressing allegations that Iran has at times offered sanctuary to the extremists. Iran-al-Qeda Iran-al-Qeda Iran-al-Qeda
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