“The 9/11 terrorists did not come from Iran, but from your favourite destinations in the Middle East,” Zarif replies to Pompeo
On Tuesday, the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the Al Qaeda terrorists who carried out the September 2001 attacks on the Twin Towers in New York were from Washington’s “favored” countries, an implicit reference to the Kingdom of Arabia. Saudi, not from the Islamic Republic.Coinciding with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s accusation that Iran has become the “new headquarters of Al Qaeda,” Zarif tweeted: “No one is fooled by what the US minister says.”
All the 9/11 terrorists came from the favourite destinations in the Middle East of US diplomacy’s head. “No bombers came from Iran,” he stressed.According to the United States previous reports, most of the nineteen people who carried out the 2001 attacks on New York and Washington were Saudis.
In early November, The New York Times revealed that Al Qaeda’s second-highest commander, blamed for being one of the masterminds of the deadly 1998 attacks on American embassies in Africa, was killed in Teheran by Israeli intelligence.Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, alias Abu Muhammad al-Masri, was shot down in a street of the capital by two slayers on a motorcycle on Aug. 7, the anniversary of the embassy attacks. His daughter, Miriam, the widow of Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza bin Laden was also killed in the operation.According to the NYT quoting four officials, Israeli operatives carried the offensive at the behest of Washington. The Pentagon was following the movements of al-Masri and other Qaeda operatives in Iran for years.
Yesterday the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that al Qaeda had established a new home base in the Islamic Republic and that it was time for America and all free nations to crush the Iran-al-Qaeda axis.Iran has always rejected these allegations, describing them as unfounded. Pompeo stated he was announcing publicly for the first time that al Qaeda’s second leader al-Masri, died on Aug. 7 last year.
However, Pompeo said he was announcing publicly for the first time that al Qaeda’s Abu Muhammad al-Masri, accused of helping to mastermind the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa, died on Aug. 7 last year. Numerous reports have emerged over the years of Iran’s hospitality to commanders and leaders of terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda. A silence, agreement, but sometimes much more.
Pompeo accused the Iranian government of providing safe havens as well as logistical support such as documents, visas and passports to permit al Qaeda activity. Also, he explained the terrorist organization had centralized its leadership in Teheran.Terrorism experts confirmed that senior al Qaeda operatives have found refuge in Iran, but they considered exaggerated to say that Iran is Al-Qaeda new head quarters.On Tuesday evening, Pompeo anticipated that thanks to the US Department of State and diplomacy, more than ten countries have banned Iran’s Mahan Air from landing, including Germany, France, and Italy.