On Tuesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo revealed that Iran helped Al -Qaeda in carrying out the attacks of September 11, 2001, stressing that Iran and Al Qaeda represent the focus of destruction in the world.
In a press conference, Pompeo said, “Iran has allowed al-Qaeda operatives the freedom to communicate with abroad, and freedom of movement within,” describing Iran as the new Afghanistan for al Qaeda.
Pompeo added that the Iranian regime did not stamp the passports of al-Qaeda members while they were traveling, and also gave a terrorist network such as al -Qaeda a center for operations, pointing out that Europe risks being subjected to terrorist attacks from al-Qaeda, which is based in Iran.
The American minister revealed that Al -Qaeda member Abu Muhammad Al-Masry, who was killed about a year ago, was living in Iran, stressing that Al-Qaeda had found safe haven in Iran.
The New York Times reported in November that al Qaeda leader Abu Muhammad al -Masri, accused of helping plot the 1998 bombing of US embassies in Africa, had been shot dead by Israeli agents in Iran.
For its part, Iran denied the report, saying that there were no “terrorists” from Al Qaeda on its soil.
He confirmed that Ayman al-Zawahiri’s deputies are presently there, noting that “the time has come to address the axis linking Iran and Al-Qaeda.”
And the US Secretary of State announced the imposition of sanctions on two al -Qaeda leaders residing in Iran.