Iran Hearts Al Qaeda

It doesn’t surprise me to read that Al Qaeda has set up “leadership councils” in Iran and is “reconstituting” its leadership there. It only makes sense that a Sunni terrorist group would find a warm welcome in an overwhelmingly Shiite country that is allied with the Shiite majority in Iraq, who are engaged in a bloody civil war with the Sunni minority in Iraq. Well … at least it does if you are Eli Lake, writing for the New York Sun:

One of two known Al Qaeda leadership councils meets regularly in eastern Iran, where the American intelligence community believes dozens of senior Al Qaeda leaders have reconstituted a good part of the terror conglomerate’s senior leadership structure.

That is a consensus judgment from a final working draft of a new National Intelligence Estimate, titled “The Terrorist Threat to the U.S. Homeland,” on the organization that attacked the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The estimate, which represents the opinion of America’s intelligence agencies, is now finished, and unclassified conclusions will be shared today with the public.

The classified document includes four main sections, examining how Al Qaeda in recent years has increased its capacity to stage another attack on American soil; how the organization has replenished the ranks of its top leaders; nations where Al Qaeda operates, and the status of its training camps and physical infrastructure.

The judgment that Iran has hosted Al Qaeda’s senior leadership council is likely to draw some criticism from those outside the government who doubt Iran plays a significant role in bolstering Sunni jihadist terrorism. Iran’s Shiite Muslims are considered infidels by the Salafi sect of Sunnis that comprise Al Qaeda.

Nahhhh. Ya think?

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7 responses to “Iran Hearts Al Qaeda

  1. oddjob

    One of two known Al Qaeda leadership councils meets regularly in eastern Iran, where the American intelligence community believes dozens of senior Al Qaeda leaders have reconstituted a good part of the terror conglomerate’s senior leadership structure.

    The only reason I can find for this development, if in fact it has occurred, is under the rule of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”.

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  3. This is literally so stupid I cannot begin to wrap my head around the dearth of reason and basic intellectual skills that allows one to uncritically publish such nonsense.

    In other words: Hello, 2003! It’s like déjà vu all over again as we march to war on total bullshit.

  4. Not only is there the religious difference, but ethnic– Iranians are Persians, most Iraqis are Arabs.

    The capacity for of these people for stupidity is beyond belief.

    On the other hand, I have no doubt that Al Queda has been able to reconsitute its leadership. This has happened historically with terror groups. Eliminating leaders does not help. Ending the poverty and lack of political access for the oppressed does.

  5. boatboy_srq

    Newsflash, people. Eastern Iran borders on (that’s right) Afghanistan and Pakistan. The terrain’s about as forbidding, too. After all those reports of al-Q gaining strength in the upper Pakistan highlands, and with Taleban escaping east and south, where else would they go?

    It’s highly unlikely the Iranian government wants them there: it’s equally unlikely they can do a whole lot about it if they have settled in. Pakistan, with massive infusions of US cash and weapons, hasn’t done all that well on their side of the border (assuming they’ve really tried). Iran, by all accounts, is hardly as well armed for such adventures.

    But of course ShrubCo isn’t about to reach out to the Iranians and the Pakistanis to launch the three-pronged attack that would essentially silence this (presumed) menace: it’d be the end of the GWoT, and we can’t have that.

  6. It’s pretty much the Zarqawi story again. And the fact that there are some extremist types holed up in parts of Idaho does not justify an invasion of the United States either.

  7. To follow on boatboy’s comment:

    Not that Mr. Lake is necessarily correct, but it’s easy to forget that Iran is not monolithically Shiite, and certainly not purely Persian. Especially in the countryside there are pockets of Sunnis and Christians and Jews and Baha’is and of course home-grown Zoroastrians.

    Just because the political leadership in Tehran is Shi’a doesn’t mean that the whole nation (or even the Shi’a population) supports that leadership, or that said leadership can control activities in the remote territories. I find it quite possible that there are people calling themselves al Qaeda there, whether or not they have any connection to Qaeda outfits in other countries.

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