Iran’s new propaganda: Claiming to expel al-Qaeda officials

Iran is attempting to spread news that it is sending some al-Qaeda officials to other countries with the aim of improving how it is perceived in the international media.

Al-Qaeda's ties to Iran have been proven in four instances. The first was last March, when a New York District Court ordered Iran to pay more than $10.5 billion in damages to families of people killed in the 9/11 attacks and to a group of insurers. The second is an Iranian foreign ministry's statement admitting that al-Qaeda officials had passed through Iran. The third is late al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden's documents which prove Iran's absolute support and official cover up for al-Qaeda. The fourth is developments related to arresting the group's officials, such as al-Qaeda spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith who was detained while holding an Iranian passport.

Iran's recent act of expelling al-Qaeda officials to other countries only aims to cloud the attention of observers of the situation

Turki Aldakhil

Iran has had many aims behind harboring al-Qaeda officials such as exploiting the group to perform operations against neighboring countries, such as Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states, raising negotiation ceilings with Western countries, mainly the United States, and protecting itself from the group’s attacks. Al-Qaeda has not targeted any Iranian site inside or outside Iran. The biggest proof of these aims is Iran's negotiations with the West regarding Saif al-Adel and extradition of Abu Hafs al-Mauritani to Mauritania.

Iran's recent act of expelling al-Qaeda officials to other countries only aims to cloud the attention of observers of the situation, as al-Qaeda will not give up on Iran and vice versa. However, Iran's desire to steer clear of rigorous media coverage have expedited Iran’s own media propaganda, so much so that it is sending al-Qaeda officials to other countries in the East and West.

It is Iran that is nurturing al-Qaeda. This is as clear as day.

This article was first published in Okaz on Aug. 7, 2016.

Turki Aldakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.

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