Among the documents related to former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, released by the CIA, is a letter reportedly sent by his daughter Eman to Iranian leader Ali Khamenei.
Here is a glimpse of what she said in the letter: “From the daughter of Osama bin Laden to the Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, this is my message about my aunt, sisters, brothers and sons who were arrested in Iran after they had no choice but to enter the country secretly.”
“One year after my family entered Iran, the Iranian security forces arrested them and after we knew this, we mailed the Tehran government many times for their release, pledging not to return to Iran, but to no avail”, she wrote.
According to her, after her brother Saad escaped from prison and told them about the tragic time spent in Iranian prisons, that led to deaths, and psychological disorder, they demanded again that the Iranian regime release the intermediary of scientists and dignitaries of the region.
“But the Tehran government continued procrastination for six years. They held them hostage to extort my father, and instead of releasing them it demanded that al-Qaeda in Iraq stop its fight against forces and militias loyal to the Tehran regime,” she writes.
Qaeda and Iran intelligence
Another document, sent by al-Haj Osman (as he called himself) to Maulawi Azmari, a prominent al-Qaeda leader, sheds light on Iran’s support for al-Qaeda operatives. This finds mention in Bin Laden’s correspondence and reveals his role as the link between Iranian intelligence and al-Qaeda.
In the letter, Osman mentions the details of the return of some elements of the organization to Iran to collect funds and fighters and to communicate with the Iranian intelligence.
In this letter, Osman says: “We arranged for the return of our brother Yassine al-Kurdi to Iran, with some brothers, to arrange funds and individuals. He is a very acceptable figure for the Iranians and we stressed that there should be no direct contact between him and them and that they should not know about his location and movements”.
He also writes that before the departure of their man, he contacted the intelligence and told them of the decision and arranged for them to pick him up on their own and it was done completely without the knowledge of the Pakistanis. They assured during the communication that they will begin to release the brothers.”
The letter also revealed that the Iranian intelligence refused to let Eman Osama bin Laden, daughter of Najwa Ghanem, to go back to Saudi Arabia and instead forced her to go to Syria with her mother, after they fled in 2009 to the Saudi embassy in Tehran.
Osman’s letter says: “They [Iran] told him that Eman was still with them and they do not agree that she goes to Saudi Arabia. She can go to Syria or come to you and in this case we prefer she goes to Syria and if this is not possible then she can come to us with the family of Brother Ishaq, who will receives the released brothers.”