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Sweet Home Iran

The al Qaeda refuge no one wants to talk about.

May 24, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 34 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
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Al Qaeda, in short, continues to operate from Iranian soil. The Iranian regime is like a corrupt cop in league with the mob, harassing the small fish once in a while, but leaving the big fish alone.

None of this should be terribly surprising. The 9/11 Commission, the Clinton Justice Department (which investigated al Qaeda’s 1998 embassy bombings), intelligence gleaned during interrogations at Guantánamo, and numerous other sources have confirmed that al Qaeda and the Iranian regime have cooperated for the better part of two decades. The Saudis have repeatedly complained about this. Dozens of the kingdom’s “most wanted” operate inside Iran today.

There are ample reasons to monitor the al Qaeda network in Iran. According to the Associated Press, the CIA has canceled one program that was specifically intended to do so.

That should be big news.

Thomas Joscelyn is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

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