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Jan 12 2021

Pompeo claims Al-Qaeda has new home base in Iran, doesn’t provide evidence

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has claimed, without providing any hard evidence, that the Islamic terrorist organization Al-Qaeda has established a new base in Iran.

“We must acknowledge it, we must confront it… we must defeat it,” Pompeo said during a press event on Tuesday, organized for making the bold announcement.

“We ignore this Iran-Al-Qaeda nexus at our own peril,” he added.

Pompeo acknowledged that to many Americans the alleged development may come as a “surprise,” since the US military and foreign intelligence have been on the offence against the group since the September 11 terror attacks in 2001. However, according to the official, it was this relentless US pursuit that drove Al-Qaeda into a “safer heaven,” namely the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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The state secretary called Iran the “perfect choice” for the terrorists’ supposed new hideout, adding that some Al-Qaeda operatives have had decades-long connections inside the country.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif responded to Pompeo’s “fictitious” claims by accusing him of issuing “warmongering lies”.

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