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WikiLeaks: The Iran-Al Qaeda Connection

What a leaked State Department cable says about the mullahs’ collusion with al Qaeda.

11:48 AM, Dec 1, 2010 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
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One of the terrorists on the most wanted list is Abdullah al Qarawi. An anonymous Saudi security official told the New York Times that Qarawi is a Saudi who has long operated inside Iran and is “believed to have been behind some of the terrorist attacks in recent years inside Saudi Arabia.” This same official explained that Qarawi is in charge of al Qaeda’s operations “in the Persian Gulf and Iran, and of bringing new members into Afghanistan.” Qarawi is also “believed to have more than 100 Saudis working for him in Iran, where they move about freely.”

Although Brennan told Prince Nayif that the U.S. government is “very concerned and looking carefully” at Iran’s sponsorship of terrorism, this may not be the case.

Earlier this year, the Associated Press reported that the Obama administration shuttered a nascent CIA program, codenamed Rigor, which was designed in part to track the al Qaeda network on Iranian soil.   

The State Department’s September 2009 cable is just the latest U.S. government document released by WikiLeaks that connects Iran and al Qaeda. Documents posted online by the media in July contained persistent reports of collusion between Iran, the Taliban, al Qaeda and their jihadist allies in Afghanistan. 

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

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