If Iran And Al-Qaeda Are Cooperating, Why Aren’t We Killing Iranians Right Now?

by John Hawkins | November 14, 2006 9:43 am

It’s hard to know how much credence to give to this story in the Daily Telegraph[1], but if it’s true, shouldn’t we be killing people and breaking things in Iran about now?

“Iran is trying to form an unholy alliance with al-Qa’eda by grooming a new generation of leaders to take over from Osama bin Laden, The Daily Telegraph can reveal.

Western intelligence officials say the Iranians are determined to take advantage of bin Laden’s declining health to promote senior officials who are known to be friendly to Teheran.

…But intelligence officials have been most alarmed by reports from Iran that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is trying to persuade al-Qa’eda to promote a pro-Iranian activist to a senior position within its leadership.

The Iranians want Saif al-Adel, a 46-year-old former colonel in Egypt’s special forces, to be the organisation’s number three.

Al-Adel was formerly bin Laden’s head of security, and was named on the FBI’s 22 most wanted list after September 11 for his alleged involvement in terror attacks against US targets in Somalia and Africa in the 1990s. He has been living in a Revolutionary Guard guest house in Teheran since fleeing from Afghanistan in late 2001.

Alarm over al-Qa’eda deepened yesterday with a Foreign Office warning that the group was determined to acquire the technology to carry out a nuclear attack on the West.

A senior Foreign Office official said that the terrorists were trawling the world for the materials and know-how to mount an attack using nuclear, chemical or biological weapons.”

If this story is true, we should be remorselessly bombing targets all over Iran right now to send a simple message: you cooperate with Al-Qaeda and we’ll kill you.

  1. Daily Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/11/14/wiran14.xml

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