Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke before the National Press Club on Tuesday morning and dropped some information that was not previously public: there is an Al-Qaeda heaquarters inside Tehran that poses a threat to world peace. With Biden planning to re-enter the JCPOA (Iran Nuclear Deal), does this mean he will ‘make al-Qaeda great again’?
New al-Qaeda headquarters
The shooting death of al-Masri wasn’t a “surprise” or an aberration – they are actively working together, according to Mike Pompeo. This is what we wrote previously:
It seems unusual for Iran to harbor a rival jihadist. Iran is Shi’ite, and al-Qaeda is Sunni, and they have bitterly fought each other in the past. Al-Masri reportedly was “in the custody” of Iran, but had free reign within the Pasdaran district of Tehran. Intelligence officials suspected that Iran had been harboring al-Qaeda operatives for some time. Some Western intelligence officials state that Iran has been keeping al-Qaeda leaders under house arrest, but made some deals to release a few of them in 2011 and 2015.Daring mission article
According to the Secretary of State, al-Qaeda now has an actual headquarters established in Iran, with the permission of the Tehran government. He stated that because of it, they have access to Iranian money and resources, and pose a threat to world peace. They can strike at any time, at any place, which threatens the Abraham Accords recently brokered by the Trump administration as well as any country in the world.
The US and Israel are always targets of the jihadists – and with the al-Qaeda headquarters in Iran, things could become dicey with Biden in charge of foreign policy, since he plans to return to the Nuclear Deal.
Pompeo’s remarks about what the US is doing to sanction them are written at the State Department website:
Today, I announced the designations of Iran-based al-Qa’ida leaders Muhammad Abbatay (also known as Abd al-Rahman al-Maghrebi), and Sultan Yusuf Hasan al-‘Arif as Specially Designated Global Terrorists under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224. Under the same authority, I also announced the designations of Isma’il Fu’ad Rasul Ahmed, Fuad Ahmad Nuri Ali al-Shakhan, and Niamat Hama Rahim Hama Sharif as leaders of the al-Qa’ida Kurdish Battalions (AQKB), an al-Qa’ida-linked group that operates on the border between Iran and Iraq. As a result of these designations, U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with these individuals and their property and interests in property subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked. In addition, it is a crime to knowingly provide, or attempt or conspire to provide, material support or resources to al-Qa’ida.
The United States is also committed to seeing that al-Qa’ida’s senior leadership based in Iran faces justice. The Department of State’s Rewards for Justice (RFJ) program is announcing a reward for up to $7 million for information leading to the location or identification of Abd-al-Rahman al-Maghrebi, an Iran-based key leader of the al-Qa’ida terrorist group.
The Department is also re-advertising previously announced reward offers on three additional senior al-Qa’ida leaders, including two operating in Iran: Sayf al-Adel and Yasin al-Suri.Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State
The mainstream media, many of whom were present at his speech this morning, will likely come up with some nice conspiracy theories about the content of his speech and why he gave it.
Featured photo: screenshot of Mike Pompeo at the National Press club 1-12-2021
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