Ayatollah Ali Khamenei leads funeral prayers for Qassem Soleimani on Jan. 6, 2020. (Iran government photo)

Al-Qaeda Is Using Iran as Safe Haven, Says State Department Report

In its annual report on terrorism, the US State Department accused Iran of providing a safe haven for senior members of al-Qaeda.

“When you see Iranian fingerprints on so many different terrorist groups around the world, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Iran would also have connections to al-Qaeda,” said Ambassador Nathan Sales, who leads the State Department’s Counterterrorism Bureau.

Sales told reporters Wednesday that Iran has allowed al-Qaeda operatives to move freely within the country to facilitate the movement of fighters and money into neighboring countries.

Read more at Al Monitor

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