A striking commonality between two al-Qaeda figures that made headlines this week is that they both lived in Iran. Muhsin al-Fadhli, targeted by a U.S. airstrike in Syria on Monday night, is a reported al-Qaeda figure who was reportedly placed under house arrest in Iran, while Sulaiman Abu Ghaith (Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law), slapped with a life sentence in a New York court, had spent more than 10 years in Iran. According to U.S. officials, he was in confinement, however.
Al-Qaeda figures in Iran
At a time when extremism is engulfing the Middle East and brutality is unleashed in its ugliest forms in Syria, the region needs to collectively reject this narrative rather than exploit itJoyce Karam