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Pompeo alleges Iran new ‘home base’ of Al-Qaeda

“No one is fooled” by Pompeo’s comments - Iran

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

US, IRAN: Outgoing US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo alleged Tuesday that arch-enemy Iran has become a new “home base” for Al-Qaeda, surpassing Afghanistan or Pakistan, an assertion mocked by Tehran and questioned by experts.

Barely a week before President-elect Joe Biden takes over, Pompeo confirmed a New York Times report that Al-Qaeda’s second-in-command was killed last year in Tehran, although he did not comment on the paper’s reporting that Israel carried out the ambush.

“Al-Qaeda has a new home base. It is the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Pompeo said in a speech at the National Press Club. “I would say Iran is indeed the new Afghanistan -- as the key geographic hub for Al-Qaeda -- but it’s actually worse. Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday dismissed allegations by his US counterpart that the Islamic republic had become the new “home base” for Al-Qaeda, pointing to US ties with Saudi Arabia.

“No one is fooled,” Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s comments.

- AFP