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Bin Laden documents reveal communication between al-Qaeda and Iran

By Rudaw 4/3/2016
A sample of recently released documents of Al Qaeda
A sample of recently released documents of Al Qaeda
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Al-Qaeda documents recently released by the United States shows some form of contact between the extremist group and Iran, particularly on the situation in Iraq where the two sides sought to reach a deal.

The documents show that despite strong ideological difference between Tehran and the al-Qaeda the two had a pragmatic deal whereby Iran would allow passage of al-Qaeda money and logistics through the country in return for the protection of Shiite shrines in Iraq.

A letter written by an al-Qaeda operative is one of the documents. In it he tells a fellow al-Qaeda operative named Taqfik that he has met with someone in Tehran and that the Iranians want to build contacts with someone representing the ‘mayor’ (a password for bin Laden) especially about the situation Iraq where they believe brother Azraq (code for Zarqawi) and his group are involved in attacking Shiite holy places,”

The letter goes on to say that the Iranians want to meet a bin Laden envoy to “discuss the issues and ways to cooperate and offer us help,”

“They want, at least, to receive a letter from the mayor (bin Laden) himself explaining that the Shiite sites will not be a target of the strikes,” says the letter that was among documents the US commandos seized in bin Laden’s compound in 2011 in Pakistan.

The same documents show that Iran had detained al-Qaeda families to use as trump card to bring the group into a deal.

In reaction bin Laden writes a letter saying “undoubtedly the wise men in Iran would be asking themselves in whose interest are they doing this to the families of the Sunni muhjadeen, and they should release them soon and let them go back to where they come from,”
Bin Laden then refers to some of his own close family members, including his son and his wife, and is worried about having lost contact with them while passing through Iran.

The documents show that Iran sought different ways to put pressure on the al-Qaeda to make sure they have an agreement in Iraq on protecting Shiite sites, possible deal on attacking the Americans and in return Iran would turn a blind eye on the passage of money and operatives through Iran. 

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Brzoo Kurdi | 4/3/2016
the 2 evils inspired by the same evil book .the Koran .
SIMKO | 4/3/2016
America is in full deal and cooperation with terror states of Iran,Turkey ,Irak and Syria ,while it opposes the right of kurds to become free and build their own deocratic Kurdish State .The USA has publicly declared its opposition for Kurds to hold a referendum.The USA supports and delivers weapons to Turkey in its genocidal war on Kurds.Should the Kurds ask N.Korea or the I.S.for democracy and freedom ?.
KURDISH UNITY | 4/3/2016
Obama has his sofisticated preferences for "moderate Islamists" of the likes of Ayatollahs,alNusra-Erdogan,Jaesh-hashd,Hamas and Hozbullah.Like his friendes ,Obama considers the Kurds terrorists and opposes their right to free themselves throught a REFERENDUM.Obama pretends to burry the Kurdish dream of freedom before he quitts.He has degraded the Kurdish fight for freedom everywhere: in Iran,Turkey,Kurdistan Region , and in Rojava.Kurds must unite and keep fighting because neither Obama,nor Erdogan nor Saddam are Gods though powerfull but they die and perish, while the Kurdish Nation will keep fighting and will achieve its INDEPENDENCE.
Allan | 4/3/2016
There is not much deference between shiite Daeesh of Iranian regime and sonnie version of that ,al-qaeda or Isis. Both islamic terrorist versions (shiite and sonnie)must be stopped and ended soon.
Kawa | 4/3/2016
Soooo which one are the peaceful Muslims that don't take away 90% of civil liberties of a human? lol

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