Bin Laden’s secret documents reveal Iran-Qaeda ties

The documents were confiscated by US forces after killing Bin Laden in 2011 in his hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan (Courtesy Aawsat)

Documents belonging to Osama bin Laden, the former leader of Al-Qaeda, obtained by Alsharq Alawsat newspaper, reveal a “close relationship” between Iran and Al-Qaeda’s commanders and high ranking members, which began in the era of the nineties the paper has reported.

The documents, confiscated by U.S. forces after killing Bin Laden in 2011 in his hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan, show Al-Qaeda was moving comfortably inside Iran, and indicate that the organization, at some point, planned to establish an office in Tehran in 2006. But it receded and rejected the idea because of the excessively high costs.

Osama bin Laden is shown in this video frame grab released by the U.S. Pentagon, May 7, 2011. (File photo:Osama bin Laden is shown in this video frame grab released by the U.S. Pentagon, May 7, 2011. (File photo: Reuters) Reuters)

Osama bin Laden is shown in this video frame grab released by the U.S. Pentagon, May 7, 2011. (File photo:Osama bin Laden is shown in this video frame grab released by the U.S. Pentagon, May 7, 2011. (File photo: Reuters) Reuters)

According to the documents, the Iran dealing with the organization dates back to the period of the nineties, during the presence of the leaders of Al-Qaida in Sudan, due to the consolidation of the then Iran-Sudan ties.

The U.S. counter-terrorism expert Paul Krishnak told Alsharq Alawsat that U.S Treasury freeze of six leaders of the organization present in Iran "confirms that Tehran was an important link in financing the network’s branchs in Pakistan and Afghanistan."

In addition, the documents show that despite the relations with Iran, Bin Laden, who was dealing cautiously with Tehran, warned his followers that the Iranian “might play a role” in selling them.

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