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Prince Khalid: Iran helped Qaeda kill thousands of Saudis, Americans

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In a series of tweets, Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States Prince Khalid bin Salman lambasted Iran’s support of terrorist groups like al-Qaeda, and said that Riyadh’s top priority has and always will be focused on countering terrorism.

“KSA has been the primary target of Al Qaeda and with Iran’s help, it has killed thousands of Saudis and Americans. We will remain committed to fighting this evil with our partners across the world. Meanwhile, the regime continues its brazen policy of support for global terrorism,” which could be read here.

“The Abottabad files released by @CIA in November unequivocally prove Al Qaeda’s collusion with Iran in training, recruiting and facilitating movement of hijackers to attack the US. Osama Bin Laden described Iran as his main artery for funds, personnel and communication,” the ambassador tweeted.

The ambassador went on to say that Iran’s relationship with al-Qaeda is nothing recent, but dates back to the 1990’s.

Prince Khalid added that up until the present day, the Iranian regime continues to harbor al-Qaeda terrorists, including Hamza bin Laden, Osama bin Laden’s son and the alleged heir of the extremist group and who “continues to live safely in Iran, from which he releases fatwas ordering followers to attack Saudi Arabia and the US.

“Iran hasn’t responded to Saudi Arabia’s requests to hand him over for trial,” he wrote.

Iran’s ongoing support, Prince Khalid reminded, and its effects are still seen today when the ambassador reminded how Tehran attempts to assassinate its opponents on European soil. He used a recent example of Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian diplomat suspected of involvement in a bomb plot against an Iranian opposition rally in France and is currently being detained and charged in Germany.