Friday, July 29, 2011

Iran aids Al-Qaeda, says US officials

Really?  With Iran having a history of helping Hamas, Hizballah, Shi'ite jihadists in Pakistan, Islamic Jihad in Pakistan, Libya and others the fact that the US is just now accusing Iran of supporting Al-Qaeda is a case of trying to get on the train after it left the station.  The WH is still giving jizya to Pakistan to the tune of billions while they openly support and enable Al-Qaeda to operate yet we deny Iran has a role in anything except this claimed tie to Al-Qaeda.  Of course it is true, but to take so long in tying the pieces together makes a mockery of the claim that they take seriously the "war on terror".

From The Washington Post July 28 by Joby Warrick

U.S. accuses Iran of aiding al-Qaeda

The Obama administration said Thursday that Iran is helping al-Qaeda funnel cash and recruits into Pakistan for its international operations, the most serious U.S. allegation to date of Iranian aid to the terrorist group.
Documents filed by the Treasury Department accuse Iran of facilitating an al-Qaeda-run support network that transfers large amounts of cash from Middle East donors to al-Qaeda’s top leadership in Pakistan’s tribal region.
A Syrian national who directs the network has been allowed to operate in Iran since 2005, and senior Iranian officials know about money transfers and allow the movement of al-Qaeda foot soldiers through its territory, administration officials said.New evidence cited
Although U.S. officials have repeatedly accused Iran of assisting al-Qaeda, links between the two have been difficult to prove. Al-Qaeda regards the Shiite denomination, the dominant branch of Islam in Iran, as heretical, and Iran has sought at times to crack down on the terrorist group, deporting some operatives and holding others under house arrest.
U.S. officials asserted that the alleged network offered new evidence of Iranian support. “By exposing Iran’s secret deal with al-Qaeda, allowing it to funnel funds and operatives through its territory, we are illuminating yet another aspect of Iran’s unmatched support for terrorism,” said David S. Cohen, the Treasury Department’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence.
The new allegations against Iran come as the administration is seeking to increase international pressure on the Islamic republic. The White House has successfully pushed for additional sanctions against Iranian companies while renewing accusations that the country’s leaders support militias inside Iraq that carry out attacks against U.S. forces.
On Thursday, Iran denied any links to terrorism. Alireza Miryousefi, a spokesman for Iran’s mission to the United Nations, accused U.S. officials of attempting to tarnish Iran’s reputation with “baseless allegations.”
What Islam does regarding the killing and enslaving of non-Muslims  is not seem as terrorism, it is seen as required as per the Qur'an.
“Iran itself has been a victim of acts of terrorism in the past which have resulted in the loss of hundreds of innocent Iranian lives,” Miryousefi said. “Iran has always opposed supporting and financing terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda.”

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