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Pompeo is right that Al-Qaeda is active in Iran. But he’s not looking for military action… he wants to cause problems for Biden

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According to Mike Pompeo, it was a tale as old as time – the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism colluding with the world’s most dangerous terrorist organization against the interests of the United States and its allies.

These allegations were made yesterday during an address at the National Press Club, in Washington, DC. “Al-Qaeda,” Pompeo announced, naming the terrorist group responsible for, among its many crimes, the 9/11 attacks on the US, “has a new home base. It is the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

According to Pompeo’s modern-day version of 1001 Arabian Nights, “[a] sea change was happening within the Iran-Al-Qaeda axis,” with the Secretary of State noting that “Al-Qaeda today is operating under the hard shell of the Iranian regime’s protection.”

Almost every news outlet that has followed this story has come away with two conclusions: that Pompeo failed to provide any evidence to sustain his allegations, and that the purpose behind his speech was to build a foundation for military action by the US against Iran in the waning moments of the Trump presidency.

These take-aways are both wrong.

US allegations that Iran has provided a haven for Al-Qaeda pre-date the Trump administration. The US and its allies have been tracking Al-Qaeda activity since before 9/11. While there is no evidence that Iran played any part in either inspiring, facilitating or implementing that attack, there is every reason to believe that the Iranian security services have, in fact, formed a covert relationship with........

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