Pompeo says Iran has ‘enormous control’ over al-Qaeda, in exchange for its ‘support’

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed Iran has “enormous control” over al-Qaeda in an interview with Voice of America’s Siamak Dehghanpour Tuesday. Pompeo proved a long-time theory on the close relationship between the Iranian government and the terrorist organization.

In January of this year, the former secretary of state claimed that Iran’s highest institutions were helping al-Qaeda during a speech to the National Press Club. The speech was titled “The Iran-al-Qaeda Axis.” Afterwards, he was accused on Twitter by Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif of telling “warmongering lies.”

But later the Defense Intelligence Agency confirmed that there were members of al-Qaeda headquarted in Iran. So Pompeo doubled down. “Al-Qaeda’s global terror operations is headquartered in Iran, with the permission of the Iranian regime,” Pompeo tweeted.

When asked about this latest tweet, Pompeo suggested Iran maintains the relationship to protect itself. In exchange for providing “support and enabl[ing] these al-Qaeda leaders to conduct their global operations campaign,” Iran gets a promise that these terrorists “won’t conduct operations against Iranian assets or inside of Iran,” Pompeo said.

“This gives them enormous control,” Pompeo went on.

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