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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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VP Kamala Harris publicly mourns Palestinians killed in hostage rescue operation

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Vice President Kamala Harris mourned the Palestinians in Gaza who were killed in the successful Israeli hostage rescue operation this weekend during an address delivered over the weekend.

Israeli forces say Hamas intentionally kept the hostages in a “civilian environment.” They also said even the Palestinians who were holding the hostages were also “civilians.”

Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari of the IDF said Hamas has been holding hostages inside civilian buildings, including the locations where Israeli forces rescued Noa Argamani, 26, Almog Meir Jan, 22, Shlomi Ziv, 41, and Andrey Kozlov, 27.

“Before I begin, I just say a few words about the morning which I know weighs heavily on all of our hearts,” she said.

“On Oct. 7, Hamas committed a brutal massacre of 1,200 innocent people and abducted 250 hostages,” she continued. “Thankfully, four of those hostages were reunited with their families tonight. And we mourn all of the innocent lives that have been lost in Gaza, including those tragically killed today.”

The Israeli operation retrieved four hostages who were taken into Gaza by Hamas on Oct. 7. Harris, speaking before the Michigan Democratic Party, celebrated their retrieval but spent more time lamenting the deaths of Palestinians killed in the operation, many of whom Israel has described as terrorists.

“We have been working every day to bring an end to this conflict in a way that ensures Israel is secure, brings home all hostages, ends ongoing suffering for Palestinian people and ensures that Palestinians can enjoy their right to self-determination, dignity and freedom,” Harris added. “As President Biden said last week, it is time for this war to end.”

Fox News reports that Hamas-run authorities in Gaza claim over 270 Palestinians were killed in the Israeli operation, though they make no distinction between militants and innocents. Israeli forces claim the number was fewer than 100.

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan also confirmed reports on Sunday that some number of innocents appeared to have been killed in the operation.

“We the United States are not in a position today to make a definitive statement about [the death toll],” Sullivan said in a Sunday interview with CNN. “But we do know this: innocent people were tragically killed in this operation. The exact number we don’t know, but innocent people were killed.”

“Every day that we see more innocent people lost is another horrible, awful, tragic day,” he added.

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