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

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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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VIDEO: Russia Moving Missiles Towards Finland Border

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Putin has said in recent years that Finland is considered friendly so long as they do not join NATO. Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö confirmed Sunday he has applied for NATO membership.

MetroUK tweeted chilling video and reported the following:

Russia has started moving nuclear-capable missiles towards its border with Finland hours after Moscow vowed not to tolerate Helsinki’s plans to join Nato.

The Kremlin issued a chilling warning that plans for both Finland and Sweden to sign up to the Atlantic alliance were a ‘grave mistake with far reaching consequences’.

Russian deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, said: ‘They should have no illusions that we will simply put up with it,’ and insisted ‘the general level of military tension will rise’.

The video was reportedly taken on a road leading to Vyborg, around 24 miles from the Finnish border, showing the deployment of mobile Iskander missiles.

“Seven launchers are thought to be en route according to commentary on a dash cam video broadcast by Russian media.”

A person on the video can be heard saying: ‘As soon as the president of Finland said they were joining Nato, a whole division of Iskanders, seven of them is moving towards Vyborg.

‘Looks like a new military unit is about to be formed in Vyborg or the region.’

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