Wednesday, May 5, 2010

TIMMERMAN: Iran's ties to al Qaeda

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As evidence of Iran's ties to Sunni terrorist groups, including al Qaeda, becomes overwhelm -ing, U.S. policymakers and spokesmen for the intelligence community are responding in ways all too familiar to Washington: denial, ridicule and outright lies.


In that report, released quietly in unclassified format, the Pentagon ran through Iran's long-standing ties to a number of Sunni terrorist groups, including Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Then it dropped a bombshell: Iran is also providing weapons, training and other assistance to the radical Wahhabi Hezb-i Islami party led by Gulbuddin Hekmatiar and to the Taliban.


In plain English, that means that Ayatollah Khamenei has ordered the IRGC to provide weapons and training to the Taliban and to other Sunni Muslim groups despite the conventional wisdom that for years has paralyzed the U.S. intelligence community into believing such cooperation is impossible because of their sectarian differences.

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