WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo alleged on Tuesday that al Qaeda had established a new home base in Iran. Interestingly, he failed to provide any evidence to back his allegations. Mr. Pompeo went a step further stating that the United States had fewer options in dealing with the group now it was “burrowed inside” that country.

The timing of these allegations is also very interesting, and it could create some problems for President elect Joe Baiden’s regime who will take charge as 46th US President within just 8 days now. According to media reports, US intelligence community has not received these fresh allegations without concerns and doubts.

Though no evidence was provided by Mr. Pompeo, he used the presence and death of al Qaeda’s Abu Muhammad al-Masri last August as a supporting argument for his allegations against Iran. Al Masri was accused of helping to mastermind the 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Africa after which US had conducted missile strikes in Afghanistan and Sudan against al-Qaeda. Al Masri was gunned down by Mossad operatives inside Iran.

“Al-Masri’s presence inside Iran points to the reason that we’re here today … Al-Qaeda has a new home base: it is the Islamic Republic of Iran.” Pompeo said adding that “his presence in Iran was no surprise.”

Iran denied the report, saying there were no al Qaeda “terrorists” on its soil.

 

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