Iran and al-Qaeda: Why was Obama negligent?
Late al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s relations with Iran are no longer a secret
Late al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s relations with Iran are no longer a secret. Few days ago, Devin Nunes, chairman of the US House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, revealed that Bin Laden had close ties to the Iranian regime.
Nunes told Fox News that the Barack Obama administration has access to plenty of documents which have been officially revealed. They are part of more than one million documents, which confirm that strong relations existed between the Iranian regime and Osama bin Laden.
Bin Laden’s documents reportedly reveal that Iran mobilized al-Qaeda. They suggest Iran’s involvement in supporting Bin Laden, covering for him and facilitating matters for him and for his supporters.
The question is why does the Obama administration cover for Iran, which continues to level malicious accusations against countries, such as Saudi Arabia, that are victims of terrorism?Turki Aldakhil
The terror letter
In a letter sent by Bin Laden to one of his operatives called Karim, the late leader wrote: “I have some notes about your threats against Iran. I hope you and your brothers take this well. You did not consult with us in this dangerous matter that harms everyone’s interests. We expect you would consult with us for these important matters, for as you are aware, Iran is our main artery for funds, personnel and communication, as well as for the matter of hostages. There is no need to open a front with Iran.”
The issue is not just the relations that existed between Iran and al-Qaeda. The question is why does the Obama administration cover for Iran, which continues to level malicious accusations against countries, such as Saudi Arabia, that are victims of terrorism?
This article was first published in Okaz on Sept. 19, 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 Alarabiya.net, 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.