Selin ATAY-TDO- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday al-Qaeda has a new home base in Iran, though he offered no evidence.

Pompeo announced the sanctions imposed on the organization's leaders in Iran. The Secretary of state stressed that the United States is working to “tear apart” that relationship between Iran and the organization responsible for the September 2022 terrorist attacks.

Pompeo said during a speech at the National Press Club in Washington that the hand of the terrorist organization Al Qaeda has infected the blood of Americans more than any other entity. Pompeo also testified that the Iranian regime has provided al Qaeda with a base for new operations. From the point of view of Al-Qaeda, Iran is a new main headquarters because Tehran provides a safe zone for senior leaders of the organization who are planning attacks on the United States and its allies, the Pompeo said.

“Al-Qaeda has a new home base. It is the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Pompeo said in his speech at the National Press Club.

“I would say Iran is indeed the new Afghanistan – as the key geographic hub for al-Qaeda – but it’s actually worse. Unlike in Afghanistan, when al-Qaeda was hiding in the mountains, al-Qaeda today is operating under the hard shell of the Iranian regime’s protection.”

“Since 2015, Tehran has allowed members of Al Qaeda to freely connect with other members of al Qaeda, as well as fulfill numerous previous instructions from Pakistan and Afghanistan, such as permission to carry out attacks, propaganda, fundraising,” Pompeo said.

US Secretary of State accused Iranian officials of knowingly allowing al Qaeda members to cross Iranian territory on their way to Afghanistan on September 11, 2001.

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